Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence Law and Legal Definition

According to 18 USCS § 1515 [title 18. Crimes and Criminal Procedure; Part I. Crimes; Chapter 73. Obstruction of Justice], misdemeanor crime of domestic violence means “an offense that--

(i) is a misdemeanor under Federal, State, or Tribal law; and

(ii) has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.”