Domestic violence charges often arise in a family dispute. Sometimes such allegations are brought simply out of spite and are ill-founded; other times this is not the case at all. Regardless, domestic violence may be considered a crime and carries serious criminal penalties. As a result, if you are wrongly accused of the crime, you will want to work with an attorney to work on your defense.
Common Charges Include:
- Assault. This generally involves being accused of physically striking another family member or threatening to do so.
- Child Abuse. When the alleged victim is a minor, you may be charged with child abuse. This crime can carry especially serious criminal penalties, and you will want to work with a Richmond domestic violence attorney.
- Disorderly Conduct. During the course of an argument, things may get out of hand. Disorderly conduct can include shouting and making a scene, but usually falls short of assault.
- Restraining Order Violation. If there is a history of abuse, there may already be a restraining order taken out. In this case, further contact may result in a violation of such order.
- Stalking. This can include a range of behavior such as following and harassing another.
How an Attorney Can Help
Family law is a very contentious area and domestic violence allegations can be especially stressful. An experienced attorney will know how to separate the fact from the fiction and help prepare your defense.
Prosecutors pursue alleged perpetrators of domestic violence aggressively and an attorney will know how to represent your rights and ensure that you have someone on your side. A lawyer is familiar with the local courts and assist you throughout the criminal justice process.