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Arlington Domestic Violence Attorney / Arlington Domestic Assault & Battery Lawyer

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In Virginia, the criminal offense of domestic assault and battery is essentially the same thing as domestic violence, which is called assault and battery on a family or household member. When you have been accused of battering a spouse, child, sibling, grandparent, or other household member in a manner such as punching, striking, beating, or even pushing it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Arlington as quickly as possible. Even if you are only accused of threatening possible violence in a way that made the alleged victim fear harm, it is vital to contact Elizabeth Tuomey of the Tuomey Law Firm. These types of accusations are all too common, and sometimes simply a case of "he said, she said" when family members get into a disagreement.


Many people think that if their spouse is willing to drop the charge, then they don’t need a lawyer. Nothing could be further from the truth. The decision whether to press charges is solely up to the prosecutor. Your spouse cannot drop the charge.


Under Virginia code Section 18.2-57.2, any individual who commits assault and battery against a family or household member is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. However, it is important to note that a person may face more serious criminal charges if he or she is a repeat offender. For example, someone who is found guilty of a third domestic violence charge within a 20-year period may face substantially harsher penalties as this may be charged as a Class 6 felony.


Penalties for Domestic Assault and Battery in Virginia


Domestic violence or assault and battery on a family or household member may involve not only the threat of violence or actual hitting, punching, smacking, or other violence, but emotional or sexual abuse as well. Because of the complexity of these types of cases it is essential to work with a skilled Arlington domestic violence attorney in order to protect your legal rights and explore legal options that may prevent you from facing a conviction and the resulting criminal penalties, which we have outlined below.


Those charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor who are first-time offenders may face punishment that includes a fine of $2,500 along with a maximum of one year in jail if convicted.


Those who are convicted for a third time on domestic violence charges are guilty of a Class 6 felony, which will result in penalties that include a $2,500 fine along with a maximum of five years in prison.


Under the state code Section 18.2-57.3 a first-time offender may serve probation or attend education or treatment programs or other alternatives to jail in some cases, and if successful, a conviction can be avoided and the charge can be dismissed after 2 years.


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Domestic assault and battery charges should never be taken lightly. Whether charged with a misdemeanor or felony, a conviction will impact your career, reputation, and future in more ways than you can imagine. No one wants a criminal record, and unfortunately people are often wrongly accused of domestic violence. Regardless of your situation, take action immediately in your own defense by contacting Arlington criminal defense lawyer Elizabeth Tuomey of the Tuomey Law Firm.