Fredericksburg Domestic Violence Defense Attorney
Understanding Family Abuse in Virginia
Domestic violence (or "family abuse," as it is more commonly called in Virginia) is a very serious charge that can lead to long-lasting ramifications for the convicted. If you've been accused, it is critical that you retain counsel that is ready to ensure that your case receives the scrutiny it deserves before our criminal justice system.
I am Andrew J. Cornick, Attorney at Law, and my focus is on ensuring that my clients' rights are protected and that the playing field is level as they confront the charges against them. As a former prosecutor, I have an intimate understanding of how Virginia pursues convictions in these cases and what can be done to make my client’s life better.
You probably still have viable defense options. Contact me today to start exploring them.
What Are the Penalties for Domestic Violence in Virginia?
"Domestic violence" is usually thought of as occurring between spouses, but Va. Code Ann. § 16.1-228 defines this offense as violence occurring between any family members or people that share a household. This includes spouses, those who have children together, siblings, in-laws, and any other people who have lived together in the last year.
A domestic violence conviction can result in:
- Up to one year in jail
- Up to $2,500 in fines
- Up to five years in prison (if there are two or more prior convictions)
- Permanent loss of right to purchase or possess firearms
It's important to note that these accusations often result in restraining orders (protective orders) and that the violation of one of these orders also can result in similar criminal penalties. No matter what form of family abuse charges you may be facing, the time to start developing your defense is now. My firm and I are ready to hear your story and start taking proactive, effective steps forwards favorably resolving this matter.
Don't wait to start the process. Contact me today to request a free case evaluation with a proven Fredericksburg criminal defense attorney.