When an argument with a loved one gets heated, things can escalate quickly. In some cases, one party will call the police about the other party, alleging violence of some kind. The accused can face charges of domestic assault, battery and malicious wounding.
An assault in Virginia typically involves threatening another person while a battery requires some form of harmful physical contact. Malicious wounding is the most severe of these charges as it qualifies as a felony charge and could result in prison time. Such a charge requires injuring someone with the intent to seriously harm or kill them.
Being charged with domestic violence, or any criminal charge for that matter, does not mean that you are guilty. False spousal allegations occur all the time. When a domestic violence incident occurs, many victims implement restraining orders prohibiting the alleged abuser from contacting them in any way. It’s easy for an accused person facing these charges to accidentally violate the order, causing even more difficulties.
Those with prior criminal records are more likely to face harsh penalties than first-time offenders. However, just about anyone facing domestic violence charges or any type of criminal charge can end up facing severe penalties. Fortunately, the attorneys at The Collins Law Firm, P.C. have over 30 years of experience fighting for people dealing with these very charges. Collins Law has dealt with a vast array of assault and battery cases, some of which have involved law enforcement officers, firearms and domestic violence.
If you are facing criminal charges, seeking legal representation may help you avoid conviction altogether, or at least help you avoid certain penalties. Visit The Collins Law Firm website for more information on how we can help with your domestic violence matters.