What is Domestic Violence?
When assault and battery involves a family or household member, it is classified as domestic violence. This encompasses anything from threatening language, humiliation, and ridicule to physical contact, abuse, and murder. What one person might dismiss as a harmless argument could lead another person to call the police if that spouse, child, or domestic partner feels wronged or in danger.
Virginia Domestic Violence Law
Punishment for domestic violence in Virginia can include up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. For a defendant with no prior history, a domestic violence charge in Virginia is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. A first time offender may be placed on probation. For a person with prior convictions, a domestic violence charge is a Class 6 felony. Prosecutors and judges feel pressure to administer the maximum punishment for previous offenders.
Accused of Domestic Violence?
Law enforcement officers and prosecution lawyers pursue these types of cases aggressively, so it is important to have a vigorous defense lawyer to protect your rights. For aggressive and vigorous defense of your rights, contact a domestic violence attorney at Naumovksi Law.