Domestic Violence is Complex
If you or someone you love has been charged with Assault and Battery against a Family or Household Member, and you feel like the police and prosecuting attorney are now hurting the situation more than they are helping, it’s time to talk to a Virginia Attorney. While some instances of domestic violence do require a major government response, including jail time, other incidents of domestic violence may not be so severe.
Only you and your family know what is best for your household. It may be that the victim of the incident has contacted prosecutors and asked to “drop the charges”. If you’ve tried that, then you probably discovered that they won’t do it. For generally good reasons, police and prosecutors will go to trial on any family assault case, but that doesn’t mean that your own family shouldn’t still be in control of how involved the government becomes in your lives.
Your Family May Need More Than One Attorney
Unlike most criminal cases, where one criminal defense attorney can walk you through it, in cases of domestic violence between members of the same household, it is occasionally beneficial for the alleged victim to have her own attorney, separate from the alleged perpetrator of the assault. If you have been the victim of domestic violence, but you now find that the case is being pursued beyond what will be beneficial for you and your family, then you need your own lawyer to help your family extricate yourselves from the criminal justice system.
In any particular instance of assault or battery on a family member, our law firm represents either the victim of the assault, or the defendant who has been charged with assault, but we can’t represent both people from one incident. Doing so would be a conflict of interest. We are happy to represent either one of you, and could refer the other one to a separate and independent Virginia Attorney for family assault and battery.
Often we find that after the victim has expressed her wishes to her own attorney, and the defendant has expressed his wishes to his own attorney, that the two parties actually desire the same or similar outcome to the case. But so often the government has been preventing the outcome they desire. We believe that citizens and families have the right to self-determination — the right to decide what is best for their own families. We can help push the government back out of your lives, and help you get a result that you desire. The ability to do this, however, often does rely on both the alleged victim and the defendant each hiring separate lawyers to represent them to the prosecutors and courts.
Whether you are the alleged victim of domestic violence, or a defendant charged with domestic violence, contact us for a free consultation on how we may be able to assist you.