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Virginia Beach Domestic Violence Attorney

Discreet defense from charges that damage your reputation

An arrest for domestic violence is not only humiliating; it carries serious consequences, including jail time and community service. If you have been accused of domestic violence, you may feel that the law is stacked against you, that your reputation is irreparably tarnished and a wall has now been erected between you and your children. Messman Law, PLC can help with a proactive legal defense that upholds your rights to due process and a fair adjudication.

Mandatory arrests for domestic violence in Virginia

Like many jurisdictions, Virginia has enacted legislation it hopes will reduce domestic violence. These laws give a police officer the power to arrest without warrant a person who has allegedly committed an act of domestic violence, which the officer did not witness. While well intentioned, such laws raise serious questions regarding your constitutional right to due process.  Given the negative impact a domestic violence arrest can have on your reputation, you need an aggressive Virginia Beach domestic violence attorney who will do everything possible to defend against the charges

Securing your parental rights in divorce negotiations

Experienced legal representation for a domestic violence dispute is even more important if you are going through a divorce. A domestic violence conviction could negatively affect your standing in child custody negotiations. Our Virginia Beach criminal attorney is also an experienced divorce attorney; so I  understand how domestic violence charges are sometimes used to discredit one spouse to gain an advantage in divorce proceedings. I provide a determined defense to expose this manipulation and prevent your spouse from hurting your standing in child custody disputes and related issues.

Protections for same-sex couples in domestic disputes

The Code of Virginia governing domestic violence is silent on same-sex couples; however, the Code does refer to "assault and battery against a family or household member." A household member is defined as "any individual who cohabits or who, within the previous 12 months, cohabited with the person."  The trend has been to treat same-sex partners as cohabiting individuals for the purpose of the domestic violence statute. Our Virginia Beach domestic violence attorneys offer the same staunch defense to domestic violence charges to same-sex partners as we do to traditional family members.

Contact an assertive domestic violence defense attorney in Virginia Beach

Messman Law, PLC defends clients from Norfolk to Virginia Beach and throughout the Chesapeake region against charges of domestic violence. To schedule a confidential consultation, call me at or contact the office online.

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