Domestic Violence Lawyers in Norfolk

Handling Nuanced Charges on the Eastern Shore, Virginia Beach & Portsmouth

Charges of domestic violence may be filed after an accusation that you were physically or emotionally violent. The prosecutor will decide whether to file the charge as a misdemeanor or felony. In either case, a conviction will be life changing. A misdemeanor charge of domestic assault and battery can face a penalty of up to 12 months in jail and fines up to $2,500 for the first offense. If another domestic violence conviction occurs within 10 years, the crime will be elevated to a class 6 felony, punishable by up to 5 years in state prison. 

 

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Family Abuse 

Family abuse is defined as any act involving violence, force, or threat that results in physical injury, or puts the victim in fear of serious bodily injury, committed against a member of the family or household. Unfortunately, these accusations can be exaggerated, false, or the person accused was acting in self-defense. 

If you are facing charges for any of the following offenses, you need to ensure you have the protection of a criminal lawyer who will vigorously defend you at every step:

  • Family Abuse (Domestic Violence)
  • Stalking
  • Weapons Violations and Domestic Violence

The Law and You: Domestic Violence in Norfolk, VA

If the police have reason to believe that an act of domestic assault and battery has taken place, state law requires them to arrest the accused. This can be a dangerous legal situation for the accused, as the arrest may be based on false allegations, exaggerated facts, or other mitigating factors. Once you are arrested, you will be booked and taken into custody. Even when the accuser changes his or her story later about the incident, the prosecutor may move forward with the case. 

Why You Need a Domestic Violence Defense Attorney 

The wheels of justice begin to turn as soon as you are arrested. It is vital that you have the protection of a domestic violence defense lawyer as early as possible after your arrest. Rather than trying to explain what occurred to the police, exercise your right to remain silent and retain the services of a talented criminal attorney to vigorously defend your rights, and seek out every option that could benefit you. 

Call Norfolk Justice at (757) 255-7898 for a free case consultation.

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