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Domestic Assault and Battery

Domestic assault and battery is defined as:

  • The unlawful, offensive
  • Touching of
  • A family or household member.

Virginia defines “family or household member” as a person’s spouse, former spouse, parents, stepparents, children, stepchildren, brothers, sisters, half-brothers, half-sisters, grandparents and grandchildren,regardless of whether such persons reside in the same home with the person, or the person’s mother-in-law, father-in-law, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law who reside in the same home with the person, or any person who has cohabited with the person in the past year, or anyone who has a child in common with the person. Representation by criminal defense attorney is always recommended.

  • Domestic assault and battery is punishable by up to twelve months in jail and/or a $2,500 fine. In addition, anyone previously convicted of two or more domestic assault and batteries is guilty of a class six felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $2,500 fine.


VIRGINIA CODE: http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title18.2/chapter4/section18.2-57.2/

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