Why Hire a Virginia Beach, Norfolk, or Chesapeake domestic violence attorney?
When domestic violence in Virginia is an issue, you should hire a domestic violence attorney as soon as possible. If you are a victim, legal advice can help you make the right decisions and your lawyer can take legal action on your behalf. On the other hand, if you are accused of domestic violence, you also need legal help because you may face serious legal repercussions. At Shannon & Bedois, P.C., I have experience as a Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Chesapeake domestic violence attorney providing representation for clients on both sides of domestic violence.
Keeping victims safe
We fight diligently to protect my clients’ rights. We know how oppressive the abuse and fear of domestic violence can be for victims. We take fast legal action to obtain an emergency protective order, if necessary, and are by your side during the court hearing to argue and present your case for a more permanent protective order. A protective order can prevent an abusive spouse or family member from contacting you or coming to your home, which is a tremendous relief. When helping you deal with your situation, we can also discuss whether the order should address use of a jointly owned vehicle, require the abusive person to pay for your medical treatment, or take responsibility for other provisions.
Fighting false accusations
As a former prosecuting attorney, Kristen knows how serious domestic violence allegations can be. Beyond civil actions, you may face criminal prosecution. If criminally prosecuted, domestic violence can range from a Class 1 misdemeanor to a Class 6 felony, based on the circumstances and severity of the alleged violence.
When a victim exaggerates the extent of domestic violence, or you face false accusations, you need a strong advocate in your civil case. A strong defense may protect you against losing visitation or custody rights. The courts often consider domestic violence when deciding whether to award custody or visitation to a parent. Kristen also practice as a criminal defense lawyer and can do everything possible to protect your rights and fight for case dismissal if authorities file criminal charges against you.
Contact Shannon & Bedois, P.C.
When considering Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, or Norfolk domestic violence attorneys, the domestic violence lawyer you choose to represent you plays a vital role in the outcome of your case. As your domestic violence attorney, 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.