Accused of Domestic Violence? Get an Attorney Who Will Protect Your Rights Under Virginia Law.
ABOUT THE PROBLEM
- Domestic Violence: Also called “family violence” and “intimate partner violence,” this can refer to actual physical or sexual violence, threats of physical or sexual violence, stalking, and emotional or psychological abuse.
- False Accusations: Sometimes, people twist the truth for their own reasons. Whether out of anger, manipulation, or simply devious deceit, a spouse or intimate partner might falsely claim to be the victim — at your hands — of one or more violent acts.
- Misunderstandings: Arguments can be highly emotional. Statements and even physical movements can be misinterpreted as violent or hostile, when in fact they were simply blowing off steam in a heated encounter.
- Regrettable Incidents: Even if an accuser’s claim isn’t false and you did behave badly, you have the right to a vigorous defense under Virginia law.
If you’re accused of domestic violence, you’re in a highly unstable situation. You might have been arrested, which can have repercussions at your workplace. If you’re well known, your situation could draw media attention. In short, domestic violence cases are complicated, volatile and unpredictable. Your life may change abruptly in a variety of ways. And everything you say and do is subject to scrutiny and can become part of court proceedings.
You need immediate legal representation — by a lawyer who specializes in both family law and criminal defense — because making a misstep can have huge consequences. In her decade of experience helping clients navigate the complexities of these situations, Wade Grimes Friedman Meinken & Leischner partner Rebecca Wade has seen it all: attorneys on the opposing side grilling witnesses and family members to elicit cherry-picked nuggets of information that can sound incriminating; judges delivering unexpectedly harsh decisions, kicking the accused out of their house, taking their kids away, ordering them to pay an enormous amount of child support.
WE’RE HERE FOR YOU
If you have been accused of violence by an intimate partner, you are not alone — and you have rights. Wade Grimes Friedman Meinken & Leischner can help you explore all your options under the law.
Partner Rebecca Janet Wade has extensive experience with laws involving physical abuse, assault and injury, emotional abuse, threats of violence, and more.
- She focuses on family law and criminal defense, representing clients in cases of divorce, child custody and visitation, child support, and alimony.
- Ms. Wade specializes in criminal and civil domestic violence cases, both defending clients who are facing that charge as well as representing victims of domestic violence.
- She speaks fluent Spanish and has represented over 100 native Spanish speakers, helping them through the legal process in their native language and is knowledgeable about the immigration consequences of any criminal convictions.
When you’re ready to call, we’re ready to help. Reach us at 703-836-9030, or contact us here.
The CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey Report (PDF) offers an in-depth look at domestic violence nationwide.
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Ms. Wade has represented clients charged with a wide range of offenses from traffic offenses to serious felonies such as aggravated malicious wounding, drug distribution, and sex crimes. Ms. Wade has tried over two dozen jury trials and hundreds of bench trials. Additionally, Ms. Wade has experience handling appeals and has appeared numerous times at the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Supreme Court of Virginia, earning victories in both Courts.