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Domestic Assault & Battery

Domestic Assault and Battery Charges 

Virginia Code Section 18.2-57.2 

Many people do not realize that if police respond to a call involving a domestic matter, they will almost always arrest at least one person involved in the situation. Law Enforcement are responsible for determining who the initial aggressor was and if a determination can be made they will arrest that person, even if that person was the one who called 911 and asked for assistance.

It is not up to the other party if they want to file charges, and once charges are brought only the prosecutor can decide to drop them. If you find yourself in this situation you will need to contact a lawyer to speak to the prosecutor about having the charges dropped.

Why You Need An Attorney With Experience Both in Family Law and Criminal Defense

A person charged with an offense related to domestic violence can find themselves not only charged with a crime, but also removed from their home for a period of time and cut off from their children and family. That is why a defendant in this situation needs a Virginia criminal defense attorney with extensive experience not only in criminal law but also in domestic relations matters.

At Chludzinski & Mitchell, PLLC our firm's strong emphasis on Criminal and Family Law gives our criminal defense attorneys a distinct advantage in domestic assault and battery and protective order cases.

Protective Order Hearing

It is especially important to have a lawyer experienced in both criminal and family law to court for the protective order hearing. In every domestic assault and battery case an emergency protective order is issued immediately, preventing the accused from returning to their home or having contact with their significant other and often their children as well.

A hearing will be held for a determination on whether a more permanent protective order should be put in place. It is extremely important that obtain an experienced criminal defense and family law attorney for this hearing. You must show up prepared to address the issues of custody and child support, if applicable. Failing to show up prepared to address these issues could result in overpaying on child support for years to come.

False Allegations Used to Obtain Leverage in a Divorce

Domestic Assault and Battery cases can have lasting ramifications both on yourself, your reputation, and possible future divorce proceedings. There are countless victims of domestic abuse that need compassion and protection. Which is why it is so unfortunate that this is one of the most abused charges criminal defense attorneys see.

Has your significant other filled a domestic assault and battery case against you that you know is NOT true? In doing so did she gain possession of the marital home and children? Have you been separated from your children for days or weeks and desperate to see them? If so, your ex has likely brought these charges to gain an advantage in your pending or future divorce proceedings. There are things you can do if your find yourself in this situation. It is important to speak to a criminal defense attorney with experience handling these types of cases as soon as possible.

The Combined Experience You Need - Contact Us Today

No matter what your situation Domestic Assault and Battery charges are serious, and you should NEVER go to court without an attorney by your side. At C&M Law we have the combined experience needed to defend you from the allegations against you, while also protecting your rights at home. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland.