If you have been accused of domestic violence, you should immediately seek counsel from a Fairfax criminal defense attorney. Your freedom and reputation are on the line after an arrest or charge of this nature. If you are charged with domestic violence, you will likely be prevented from returning to your home or visiting your children in addition to any criminal penalties. At Carleton Penn III, we defend clients facing domestic violence charges of all types.
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Domestic violence refers to crimes committed against a family member, spouse, or partner with whom you share a residence. There are many different actions which fall under the category of domestic violence, from physical violence to harassment. If you are convicted of domestic violence, you could be facing very serious criminal consequences. Domestic violence convictions often carry penalties such as time in jail, community service, probation, and an anger management or batterers' intervention program.
Once an alleged victim files a complaint or an arrest is made, they may file a petition requesting a protective order or restraining order. When a restraining order has been filed against you, you will not be able to contact or come into close proximity with the alleged victim. This includes written and electronic communication and will prevent you from visiting their residence, even if it was a shared residence. You will not be able to visit their place of employment, school, or any other place which they have personal obligations.
To set up a free case consultation with a Fairfax domestic violence attorney, call us now at (703) 293-5910.