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Study: Majority of Homicides Related to Domestic Disputes

Disputes that start as minor disagreements can snowball into full blown domestic disputes, often resulting in serious legal consequences for those involved. Allegations of domestic violence can affect a person's life for years, and can severely tarnish a person's reputation. When these disputes escalate to the point where criminal conduct is alleged, it is important to contact a Fairfax criminal defense lawyer to help protect your legal rights. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help defend you against any allegations you may face, as well as mitigate any long term consequences that may occur.

As reported by, a study released by the Fairfax County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team indicates that the majority of homicides in Fairfax Count were related to domestic violence. According to the report, of the 14 homicides that occurred in Fairfax County in 2009, 8 were somehow related to domestic violence. The group that released the study was established by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2007, and is tasked with determining the indicators that can lead to domestic violence and homicides. According to the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services' Criminal Justice Research Center, the County leads the region in domestic violence incidents.

Virginia law takes all violent crime very seriously, and imposes severe penalties for people who are determined to be guilty of such crimes. For example, even misdemeanor assault and battery could result in a fine of up to $2,500 and 12 months in jail. Because of the severity of these penalties, it is important that a person facing allegations of violence retain a Fairfax criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. There are several potential defenses an attorney can raise on your behalf, including the following:

  • Self-defense
  • Consent
  • Accord and satisfaction
  • Lack of intent

Contact a Fairfax Criminal Defense Attorney for a Free Consultation

If you are facing allegations of criminal conduct, the best thing you can do for yourself is to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Attorney Wilfred Yeargan is dedicated to representing the rights of people in Virginia who have been accused of crimes. He provides individualized representation to each client he takes, and strives to get the best possible outcome in each case he handles. To schedule a free consultation, contact us today at (703) 352-9044 or by filling out the contact form on the right side of this page.

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