Virginia Beach Lawyer Protecting Clients From Domestic Violence
The Stallings Law Group, P.C. takes allegations of domestic abuse very seriously. A person who is accused of domestic violence faces serious consequences, including criminal charges and civil penalties. Our Virginia Beach domestic violence attorneys stand prepared to assist you with all aspects of a domestic relations dispute. The partners at our firm are experienced trial lawyers who routinely handle both civil and criminal matters. We provide clients with the knowledge of the law and the insight into the judicial process to achieve positive outcomes at minimal cost. Our firm can assist with:
- Protective orders/temporary restraining orders
- Defending the rights of the accused
Protective orders/temporary restraining orders
A protective order is a civil remedy that prohibits an abuser from contacting you, entering your residence or abusing you in the future. Criminal charges are not filed unless the abuser violates the restraining order. If you have reason to fear injury or assault, do not hesitate to petition the court for a protective order. Our domestic violence lawyers serve Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads and Suffolk, VA and believe that your safety is the number one priority. You can petition the court for one of four types of protective orders:
- Emergency protective orders last for three days from the date of issuance and can be granted by the responding law enforcement officer or by order of a judge or magistrate in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.
- Preliminary protective orders last for 15 days from the date of issuance and may be issued by a judge in a Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.
- Permanent protective orders last for two years from the date of issuance and may include an order for the abuser to pay for your medical treatment, provide for your housing, and/or attend counseling. You may also petition the court for the temporary use of a shared vehicle.
Consequences for the accused
In Virginia, a law enforcement officer who responds to the scene of a crime has the right to arrest a person if there is probable cause to believe that the person assaulted a family or household member. A person can also be arrested if a family member requests a warrant for arrest from a local magistrate on the basis of physical injuries, photographic evidence and/or witness testimony. Depending on the type of crime, the sentences if convicted vary. Our Suffolk domestic violence lawyers are experienced criminal and family attorneys in Virginia Beach. We can help with cases involving:
Upholding the rights of domestic violence victims
When you have been the victim of abuse or falsely accused of abusive behavior, our Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach and Suffolk, VA. divorce lawyers can help you establish the proof needed to secure justice. Please call 757-422-4700 or contact us online to talk to a lawyer about your case. Our firm offers a free initial consultation.