Charged With Domestic Violence Or Facing A Protective Order?
If you have been accused of domestic violence, there will likely be two parts to your case. The criminal charges of assault and battery will be addressed through the criminal justice system. You may also be subject to an order of protection, issued in either civil or criminal court.
You need strong legal advocacy on both fronts. A domestic violence conviction has implications for employment, the right to possess firearms and possibly your freedom. The protective order has implications for whom you can talk to, where you can go and maybe whether you can see your children.
For more than 25 years, the legal rights of Virginians have been protected with the proven representation of Lenox Law. If you have been charged with domestic abuse or are the subject of a protection order, you can trust me to provide you with the legal assistance you need.
Is A Permanent Protection Order Really Necessary?
Orders of protection are commonly granted when police have been called to a domestic incident, or when a person fears imminent harm, such as threats of violence. A person may request an order of protection in connection with stalking or harassment.
Police and judges err on the side of caution. Temporary orders of protection are usually granted without a hearing or any opportunity to object. You are immediately on the defensive, barred from contacting the petitioner and possibly kicked out of your own residence.
There is little we can do to overturn a temporary protective order, but there will be a hearing on whether to extend the order. This is your opportunity to tell your side of the story, and we can work together to take the necessary steps to prepare for court right away. Fighting a permanent order of protection or trying to limit its scope is one path we could take. Was the violence or threat exaggerated? Was there mutual assault by both parties, or were you defending yourself? Did police jump to conclusions without hearing your side? Does the accuser have a motivation connected to divorce or child custody?
If the order is granted, it is critical you adhere to the restrictions. Violating a restraining order can bring additional criminal charges, plus implications for family court proceedings.
Defense Against Domestic Violence Charges
The Virginia courts take domestic violence seriously. Whatever happened, it will not “blow over.” You could be facing jail time and a criminal record. A conviction will prevent you from owning a gun and may be a barrier to certain jobs. It will certainly be used against you in family court.
It is critical to get legal representation immediately. For a vigorous defense against charges of domestic assault, assault and battery, terroristic threats, stalking or other criminal allegations, such as violating a domestic violence protection order, contact me. Sometimes charges get dismissed or reduced. Sometimes it is necessary for me to stand up for you in the courtroom.
Accused Of Domestic Abuse? Contact Me For A Free Consultation.
If you are facing domestic violence charges and/or a protection order, do not go to court without legal counsel. Let me explain the legal process to you and forcefully assert your rights. Call my law office in Manassas at 703-997-1600 or contact me online to schedule your free initial consultation.