Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys
Trusted domestic violence defense lawyers serving Fairfax, VA and surrounding areas
Conflict between spouses, family members, or roommates can arise for a wide range of different reasons. Unfortunately, in some cases, disputes may escalate to a physical altercation or lead to allegations of domestic abuse. Domestic violence is a very serious criminal offense in Virginia. A conviction on these charges will have significant ramifications for all parties involved. Defendants need professional legal guidance.
At Leary Law, our top-rated Virginia domestic violence defense attorneys are committed to providing superior legal representation to our clients. We understand how difficult and sensitive these cases are for all parties. If you or your loved one was arrested and charged with domestic violence in Northern Virginia, we are prepared to help. Contact our law firm today to set up a confidential consultation.
Virginia Law: Domestic Violence Charges
Under Virginia law (Code of Virginia § 18.2-57.2), domestic violence is defined as “assault and battery against a family or household member.” To convict a person of domestic violence, Virginia prosecutors must prove the following two basic elements of the offense:
- The alleged victim of the incident is a family member or a household member
- The incident involves impermissible physical contact, intentional harm, or an actionable threat of harm
To be clear, this means that a defendant can potentially be convicted of domestic violence even if there was no physical contact or harm to the victim. Actionable threats of harm that were intended to cause fear may be sufficient to sustain a domestic violence charge in Virginia.
Who is a ‘Household Member’?
It should be noted that Virginia law defines the term ‘household member’ in a relatively broad manner (Code of Virginia § 16.1-228). A household member covers far more than young children and spouses. A defendant could be charged with domestic violence if they are alleged to have committed an assault and battery against any of the following parties:
- A spouse or former spouse, regardless of living situation
- The parent who they share children with, regardless of marital status or living situation
- Immediate family members, regardless of living situation
- People who they have resided in the same home with during the previous 12 months
Why Choose the Criminal Defense Lawyers at Leary Law
You need to have the best domestic violence defense lawyer on your side. At Leary Law, we handle every case with the sensitivity and professional care that it deserves. Among other things, our Fairfax, VA domestic violence defense lawyers will:
- Conduct a confidential review of the domestic violence charges;
- Answer your questions and explain your options to you;
- Carefully investigate the case, gathering all relevant evidence; and
- Build the most effective legal defense.
Every domestic violence case is different. In some cases, defendants face wholly false charges. Unfair charges must be defended aggressively. We are prepared to fight to get false or trumped up charges dismissed outright. In other cases, our Virginia defense lawyers will focus on reducing punishment and finding the best resolution that keeps our client out of prison and protects their future.
Get Help From Our Virginia Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys Today
At Leary Law, our skilled Virginia criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience handling domestic violence cases. We firmly believe that every defendant deserves professional and attentive legal representation. To arrange a fully confidential initial consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us today. With offices in Fairfax and Manassas, we serve clients throughout the region, including in Annandale, Chantilly, Centreville, Falls Church, and Springfield.