Each Virginia resident has the right to feel safe in his or her home. When someone is the victim of any type of domestic abuse or the threat of domestic abuse, that individual may pursue certain legal steps that will provide protection. Protective orders can limit certain actions and types of contact, allowing someone who experienced physical, mental, emotional or other types of abuse to exist without the threat of harm.
Facing a protective order?
If someone is subject to a protective order, it is possible he or she could also face criminal allegations of domestic violence. This could lead to multiple consequences that could alter the course of someone’s life, including the following:
- Loss of reputation
- Loss of current employment and future job opportunities
- Loss of contact with children and other family members
- Loss of an ongoing custody or visitation case
- Loss of the right to possess a firearm
While victims have the right to seek protection if they face the possibility of harm, it is also possible that protective orders and allegations of domestic violence may be used as weapons in a complex and contentious family law matter.
Defending against these allegations
If a Virginia adult is facing domestic violence charges or is subject to a protective order, a strong defense strategy is necessary. An experienced attorney can help one prepare a plan to confront any formal charges and fight back against the implications of a protective order. As the potential consequences of these allegations are quite serious, quick action to secure legal guidance is prudent.