Washington DC Assault Lawyer
In both Virginia and Washington, D.C., domestic assault is an assault that is committed against any household member, or against any family member, whether or not you live with that individual. The definition of family or household member is broad, and includes your spouse or former spouse, and any individual who you have a child in common with.
Even simply being charged with domestic assault can be a huge burden and inconvenience for the defendant, because a frequent condition of release is that the defendant stay away from the complaining witness while the case is pending. What this often means, is that that the domestic assault defendant must find an alternative place to live until the case has concluded. If convicted, the defendant may have to stay away from the complaining witness for up to three years in Virginia and two years in D.C.
In Washington, D.C., domestic assault is punishable by up to 180 days in jail, or a fine of $1000, or both. Domestic assault is punishable in Virginia by up to 12 months in jail or a fine of up to $2500, or both. If you are convicted of a third domestic assault, you can be sentenced to up to five years in prison, and will have a felony record.
An experienced domestic assault attorney in Washington, D.C. or Virginia can help you prepare a vigorous defense to this serious crime. Many domestic assault cases come down to he said/she said, and for that reason, often end up going to trial. Your D.C. or Virginia domestic assault attorney should be prepared for that eventuality.
If you have been charged with domestic assault in Washington, D.C., Arlington, Alexandria, or Fairfax County, call JPMLegal for a free consultation.