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People who are arrested on suspicion of assault are often surprised to find themselves facing criminal charges. In many cases, the assault was the result of a situation that escalated out of control, not a premeditated act. Regardless of the reason for the arrest, assault charges can have serious consequences. At The Dickerson & Smith Law Group, we defend people charged with assault and domestic assault. To schedule an appointment with our Virginia Beach assault defense attorneys, please call 757-828-0031 or 800-506-8133, or contact us online.
There Are Many Types Of Assault
Depending on the details of the assault, you could face misdemeanor or felony charges. Assault and domestic assault crimes are often charged as class one misdemeanors, which are punishable by up to one year in jail and fines up to $2,500. Using or carrying a weapon during an assault may increase the charges and penalties. Our criminal defense lawyers represent people charged with assault crimes such as:
- Malicious wounding (a felony)
- Assaulting a police officer/law enforcement officer/firefighter (a felony)
- Assault by firearm (a misdemeanor or felony)
- Disorderly conduct (a misdemeanor)
- Domestic assault (first offense is a misdemeanor)
Domestic assault or assault on a family member or household is an assault carried out against a relative, boyfriend/girlfriend or former boyfriend/girlfriend who lives in the same house with the offender. Restraining orders are common in domestic assault cases. We can help you with restraining order violations and show-cause violations. If you are charged with domestic assault, it is important to contact an attorney immediately. In addition to criminal penalties, a domestic assault conviction can negatively affect child custody matters.