Lawyer in Washington, D.C. Handles Domestic Violence Cases
Firm representing victims and the accused in legal proceedings involving abuse
Domestic violence is a problem that affects everyone. Problems occur among heterosexual and same-sex spouses, individuals in a dating relationship, family members and roommates. If you’ve been abused by someone you know, the harm and fear can be heightened and might compel you to obtain a protection order to keep them from contacting or approaching you. On the other hand, an accusation of domestic violence against you could mean fines, jail time and an order that limits your ability to spend time with your children. At the Law Offices of Jesse A. Gadson, PLLC in Washington, D.C., I represent the accusers and the accused in domestic violence proceedings. With more than 35 years of legal experience, I can assert your legal rights effectively no matter what your specific situation entails.
Types of domestic violence
Various types of alleged intrafamily or interpersonal misconduct can lead to a domestic violence case, including accusations of:
- Physical harm
- Use of weapons
- Psychological manipulation
My experience litigating domestic violence cases and other family law matters has given me detailed knowledge of local courts and their procedures. If you have been victimized by a spouse, relationship partner, family member or roommate, I can outline your options for civil relief as well as the potential criminal sanctions.
Why you should hire a proven lawyer if you’re accused of domestic violence
A domestic violence allegation against you needs to be taken seriously, even if you believe that the complaint has no merit. Retaining experienced legal counsel is particularly important in situations where you have children with the other party. Depending on the circumstances, you might not be able to enter the home where your son or daughter lives if a protective order is issued. Contact with your co-parent could also be restricted or banned. The accusation against you could also affect your custody and visitation rights. The legal preference for joint custody is removed if domestic violence has occurred and there have been situations where an angry ex-partner has used false or exaggerated charges to gain a legal advantage. Don’t expect that things will work themselves out or blow over with time. Protect yourself by hiring a qualified attorney.
Dedicated litigator files petitions to obtain protection orders
People who have been victimized by or threatened with domestic violence can seek protection orders that prevent respondents from approaching or contacting them. My firm can help you file for a Civil Protection Order which can remain active for up to two years. These orders are granted after hearings and can be tailored to the specific circumstances in your case. In matters involving the possible use of a deadly weapon, you can petition for an Extreme Risk Protection Order that requires the removal of the respondent’s firearms. This process is much quicker than the criminal justice system and you can even request a Temporary Protective Order that can be granted without a hearing and is allowed to last for up to 14 days. Penalties for the violation can include criminal charges that carry a sentence of up to 180 days in jail and a maximum $1,000 fine.
Contact an experienced DC Metro lawyer for assistance with a domestic violence matter
The Law Offices of Jesse A. Gadson, PLLC advocates on behalf of Washington, D.C. and Maryland clients in proceedings arising from domestic violence allegations. For a consultation, please call 202-972-1343 or contact me online to schedule an appointment. My office is in Washington, D.C.