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If you been arrested for Domestic Violence in the District of Columbia you will need to hire a criminal defense attorney. An arrest for domestic violence can have dire consequences if you are convicted of the charge. For example there is no expungement or sealing of a conviction for a domestic violence in the District of Columbia. In the District of Columbia a person charged with domestic violence is required by law to see a Judge which means you have to go to Court within 24 after your arrest.
So, the domestic violence covers a broad range of charges:
Most domestic violence charges are misdemeanors. If you are convicted of a domestic violence charge in the District of Columbia you face a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail and/or $1000.00 dollar fine per count. If you are not a United States citizen it can have deportation consequences for you.
Some domestic violence charges are eligible for diversion. Diversion is a way to dismiss the case without getting a conviction and having a criminal record. You need to make sure you discuss different diversion options with a criminal defense attorney because it can still have deportation consequences even if not convicted.
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If you are charged with domestic violence charges in the District of Columbia you will be required to go to Court. A criminal lawyer that handles domestic violence cases will fight to get their client’s case dismissed.
When you are charged with a domestic violence charges you should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Rollins and Chan’s attorneys are attorneys that have handled hundreds of domestic violence cases in the District of Columbia and will protect your rights. We will go to DC Superior Court and be at every hearing with you. We have over 22 years of criminal law experience.
Your first appearance in Court. The Court (Judge) tells you officially what the charges are.
The status hearing where you have to make a decision of whether you will go to trial, accept the plea offer, or engage in diversion options.
If you elected to go to trial, you will have your trial before the Court. If you lose you will go to sentencing.
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Most domestic charges in the District of Columbia are misdemeanor crimes. A domestic violence charge in the District of Columbia is defined as an act punishable as a criminal offense that is committed or threatened to be committed by an offender upon a person to whom the offender is related by blood, adoption, legal custody, marriage, or domestic partnership, or with whom the offender has a child in common. It also means an act punishable as a criminal offense that is committed or threatened to be committed by an offender upon a person with whom the offender shares or has shared a mutual residence; or who is or was married to, in a domestic partnership with, divorced or separated from, or in a romantic, dating, or sexual relationship with another person who is or was married to, in a domestic partnership with, divorced or separated from, or in a romantic, dating, or sexual relationship with the offender. See The DC Code: § 16-1001
If you are charged with domestic violence in the District of Columbia you should contact a DC Domestic Violence Attorney immediately. While most are misdemeanors they can have greater consequences than other misdemeanors.