Richmond Domestic Violence Lawyers
Domestic Violence in Virginia
Domestic violence in Virginia can be physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse used to control a family or household member. Domestic violence laws in Virginia can be broadly interpreted and police often do not need a warrant to make an arrest. An officer only needs reasonable assurance an offense has taken place. It’s not unusual in these emotionally charged situations that the wrong person is arrested. Whether you’re a victim of domestic abuse or you’ve been wrongly accused it’s important to your future to receive the best available legal advice from an experienced and aggressive domestic violence attorney. Criminal defense lawyer Horace Hunter can both protect your rights and your interests in these difficult situations.
Penalties for aggravated domestic abuse in Virginia
While the conviction of domestic abuse is a misdemeanor it does carry a potential jail sentence of up to 12 months and a $2,500 fine. The difference between a regular aggravated assault conviction and one for domestic violence aggravated assault is that the third such incident can be classified as a felony, which carries a possible prison sentence up to five years.
Victims of domestic abuse in Virginia
The term “family and household member” is often broadly applied. Offenses committed against any of the following individuals can result in charges being filed:
- Individuals who share a home currently or within the past 12 months
- Stepparents or parents
- Stepchildren or children
- Spouses and former spouses, whether or not residing in the same household
- Individuals who have children with accused
An alleged victim needs only to make a sworn statement and a magistrate can issue an arrest warrant. Furthermore, state law allows police officers to arrest suspects for this offense without an arrest warrant. All an officer needs is a reasonable suggestion that the offense occurred.
If you’ve been accused of domestic violence
Domestic disputes that turn into emotionally charged confrontations can be easily misunderstood. Virginia domestic violence law provides significant occasions for people to be falsely accused. Alleged victims do not need a lawyer because they have the state acting on her behalf. If you’ve been accused of this crime having a skilled professional acting on your behalf can save you from being wrongly convicted, fined or both. Making the mistake of handling this matter on your own can have far reaching negative effects for you and your loved ones.
Mr. Hunter is an experience domestic violence lawyer that provides aggressive representation that is suited to the circumstances of your specific case. He will fight hard to protect your interests and see that you receive the most favorable outcome allowed under the law.
Contact us today for a free consultation regarding your case.