Domestic Violence in Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach
Domestic violence harms victims physically and emotionally. And legal consequences can be severe depending on how extreme the violence is. A Virginia Beach domestic violence attorney can help you deal with domestic violence issues whether you are the victim or the person accused of domestic violence.
Domestic violence victim’s rights
Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, and Norfolk domestic violence lawyer Kristen M. Shannon works with domestic violence victims to help them obtain legal protection. Virginia has three types of protective orders available:
- An emergency protective order that lasts 72 hours
- A preliminary protective order that extends an emergency protective order
- A permanent protective order lasts for two years and can prevent your abuser from entering your home or contacting you. You must attend a court hearing for a permanent protective order. Other provisions the order may provide include requiring the abuser to pay for your medical treatment, provide you with housing, or allow you temporary use of a jointly owned car. Abusers may have to receive domestic violence counseling.
Protective orders are civil actions brought by Virginia Beach domestic violence attorneys, not criminal justice actions.
Rights if accused of domestic violence
Not everyone accused of domestic violence is actually guilty. Unfortunately, some people falsely accuse a spouse of domestic violence to gain advantage in a child custody battle or over other issues during divorce. The courts are not likely to grant custody to a parent who has committed domestic violence and may even limit visitation rights, at least temporarily. Courts typically grant the victim custody of children until a domestic violence hearing is held or while divorce proceedings are in progress.
Today, it is much easier for a woman to allege domestic violence than it was in the past. The courts allow victims to swear through an affidavit that assault occurred for the sake of quickly obtaining an emergency protective order. True victims of violence need this fast protection, but it also makes it easier for injustice to occur through false allegations.
Contact Shannon & Bedois, P.C.
The domestic violence lawyer you choose to represent you plays a vital role in the outcome of your case. As your domestic violence lawyers in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, or Norfolk, we strive to provide you with the level of representation I would expect if I were in your shoes. Contact us today for a free consultation about your domestic violence case.