Know What's Coming
Domestic violence is a serious crime in Virginia, and if you or a loved one has been arrested for it, the consequences can be severe. In addition to potential jail time and fines, a domestic violence conviction can have long-lasting effects on your personal and professional life. Here's what you can expect after an arrest for domestic violence in Virginia, and how a family law attorney can help you navigate the legal system.
1. Understanding the Charges
Domestic violence charges in Virginia can include assault, battery, stalking, and harassment, among other offenses. It's important to understand the specific charges against you and the potential penalties you may face. Your attorney can help you understand the legal terminology and what to expect from the court process.
2. Protective Orders
If you have been arrested for domestic violence, the alleged victim may seek a protective order against you. This can restrict your contact with the victim and may require you to move out of your home. Violating a protective order can result in additional charges and penalties.
3. Bail and Release Conditions
After an arrest, you may be held in jail until your court date or released on bail. Your attorney can help you navigate the bail process and work to secure your release. However, you may be subject to certain conditions, such as a curfew or restrictions on alcohol and drug use.
4. Court Proceedings
Domestic violence cases in Virginia are often heard in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Your attorney can represent you during court proceedings and work to build a strong defense on your behalf. It's important to be prepared for court appearances and to follow all court orders.
5. Long-Term Consequences
Even if you are not convicted of domestic violence, an arrest can have long-term consequences on your personal and professional life. It's important to work with an experienced family law attorney who can help you understand the potential ramifications of a domestic violence arrest and work to minimize the impact on your life.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for domestic violence in Virginia, it's important to seek legal representation as soon as possible. Tobias Iszard, PC specializes in helping clients navigate the legal system after an arrest. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our services.