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Alexandria Domestic Violence Attorney

Virginia Domestic Violence Laws

Crying because of domestic abuseAllegations of domestic violence not only can result in serious legal ramifications but can have a lasting impact on the reputation of the accused. For victims, these assaults can be traumatic and turn a whole family's life upside down.

At Silis & Associates, we represent clients facing charges for domestic violence and victims. A conviction can result in serious penalties. You need a qualified Alexandria domestic violence attorney to protect your rights in these cases and ensure that the facts surrounding your case are properly asserted before the law.

Free consultations are available. Contact our dedicated, diligent team at Silis & Associates to request one.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence does not always involve physical abuse or may involve physical violence and another type of abuse. In Virginia, there are five categories of domestic violence, including physical violence, sexual assault, emotional abuse, neglect, and economic control. Economic control may involve forbidding a spouse or domestic partner from gaining employment, controlling finances, or improperly using a power of attorney.

The relationship requirements for domestic violence include:

  • Spouses or ex-spouses
  • People with one or more children in common
  • In-laws residing in the same home
  • Cohabitants
  • People who have cohabited within the last year and their children

There are legal remedies in place to protect victims of domestic violence. This may include the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP), protective orders, modification of child or spousal support orders, and civil lawsuits. As your domestic violence lawyer in Alexandria, VA, we will advise you about these legal remedies and, if needed, swiftly secure the needed remedies for you and your loved ones.

What are the Penalties for Domestic Violence in Virginia?

In addition to civil actions and legal protections, there are criminal penalties for individuals convicted of domestic violence. These may include up to a year in jail and a fine for a misdemeanor conviction or a felony conviction with penalties of up to five years in prison for three or more convictions occurring within the state of Virginia. If you are facing charges, your Alexandria domestic violence lawyer can offer specific information for your situation.

Ready to discuss your situation? Call (703) 721-4773 or contact us online to speak with our Alexandria criminal defense attorneys at Silis & Associates. Schedule your free consultation today!

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