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What Should You Do if You’re Arrested for Domestic Assault in Virginia?

April 6, 2023

If you’re arrested for domestic assault in Virginia, there are things you can do to protect yourself:

  • First, stay calm and do not resist arrest: Resisting arrest will only make the situation worse. Instead, stay calm and comply with the police officers' instructions.


  • Invoke your right to remain silent: You have the right to remain silent and not incriminate yourself. Therefore, avoid making any statements to the police officers without consulting with an attorney first. The police will ask you to explain “your side of the story.” This is an attempt by them to collect evidence against you. Anything you say will be used against you. You should not speak to the police.


  • Contact a criminal defense attorney: As soon as possible, contact a criminal defense attorney who has experience in domestic violence cases in Virginia. An attorney can help protect your rights, investigate the case, and build a strong defense strategy.


  • Avoid contacting the other person involved: You should not contact them directly or indirectly in the days after you’ve been arrested. In Virginia, a protective order gets automatically issued against you if you’re arrested for domestic assault so contacting the other person involved could result in another criminal charge. Doing so could also be seen as an attempt to intimidate or influence them, which can lead to additional charges.


  • Attend all court hearings: It is important to attend all court hearings, including the arraignment, pretrial, and trial. Failing to attend can result in a warrant for your arrest or a default judgment against you.


  • Comply with any court orders: If the court imposes any orders, such as a protective order or no-contact order, make sure to comply with them. Violating these orders can result in additional charges and penalties.


  • Follow your attorney's advice: Your attorney will be your best source of advice and guidance throughout the case. Make sure to follow their advice and work with them closely to achieve the best possible outcome.


Speak with an experienced attorney!

Facing domestic assault charges can be frightening, and a criminal conviction could possibly jeopardize your freedom and future. However, knowing your rights after a domestic assault arrest can make it easier to manage your case and ensure that you do not implicate yourself.

We have the diligence and expertise to protect individuals wrongfully charged with domestic assault from the worst possible situation.

Contact us at Bryan J. Jones, LLC, today to arrange a case evaluation with a seasoned criminal defense lawyer. We're proud to serve clients across Charlottesville, Waynesboro, Fluvanna County, Orange County, and Albemarle County, Virginia.