Fairfax Domestic Violence Lawyer
Being accused of domestic violence is serious, so get serious about your legal representation with a Fairfax domestic violence lawyer.
When you’ve been accused of domestic violence, it’s important that you have a solid legal defense strategy. Without one, you could find yourself convicted.
Hiring a Fairfax domestic violence lawyer to represent you is the best protection you have. Our team at Priale & Racine, PLLC would be honored to fight for you. We will build a strong defense strategy that shows your innocence.
Defining Domestic Violence
To build the best defense, it’s crucial to first understand the facts of your case. When most people hear the term “domestic violence,” they envision physical attacks between married people. In reality, domestic violence relates to any harm or assault one household member commits against another.
That means domestic violence charges can involve a spouse, ex-spouse, children, siblings, grandparents, and grandchildren. In-laws, co-parents, or couples who are not married but have lived in the same household for at least one year may also be involved.
Generally, a police officer needs to have a warrant to make an arrest. However, in the state of Virginia, an officer is allowed to make an arrest without a warrant if he or she has reason to believe you were guilty of assault and battery against a member of your household.
What Are the Penalties?
In Virginia, being convicted of domestic violence is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor. The punishment may involve being sentenced to jail for up to one year and a fine of up to $2,500.
However, various factors can influence the punishment in a domestic violence case. In Virginia, for example, if the convicted party was previously found guilty in two or more cases of assault and battery, his or her misdemeanor classification will change. At this point, the charge will be classified as a Class 6 felony, which adds the possibility of up to five years in prison.
On top of all that, if you are convicted of domestic violence, you could be at risk of several other severe ramifications. You could lose custody of your children, you could lose your job, and you could even be evicted from your home.
Your Fairfax domestic violence lawyer will use his or her legal knowledge and skill to minimize your punishment if you are found guilty.
If you are arrested for domestic violence, all hope is not lost. With the help of the right Fairfax domestic violence lawyer, you have a chance to build a successful case that mitigates punishments and could even get the charges thrown out.
Your attorney may take the following positions to defend you:
- That you were acting in self-defense against someone who was threatening your wellbeing
- That there is a lack of proof supporting the charges against you
- That another person was actually responsible for the incident in question
- That the claimant was deliberately lying about the charges, perhaps to earn full custody over children or to find a more favorable outcome in a divorce
Get Legal Representation Today
If you’ve been arrested for or accused of domestic violence, the team at Priale & Racine, PLLC can help you prove your innocence. Get in touch with us today to take the first step.
To speak with a Fairfax domestic violence lawyer, give us a call at 703-272-3922 or fill out our online contact form, which you’ll find at the bottom of this page.