Female Suspect Arrested In Domestic Violence Shooting
A 23-year-old Sterling woman was recently arrested after being on the run following an alleged domestic incident where she shot her boyfriend. Prince William police eventually found the woman at a grocery store in Nokesville.
The suspect is currently being held without bond on charges of aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The unidentified victim is reported in serious condition but is expected to survive.
According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, the incident took place around 3 am in a community located at the 400 block of E. Dartmouth Drive. This was the second shooting at the apartment complex in the past year.
Domestic violence brings consequences
Incidents of domestic violence like the one in this story often bring dire consequences to many parties involved. Sometimes, it becomes deadly or near-deadly when firearms are involved. While we can only speculate as to the motives of the suspect in this case, the sad reality is some domestic violence victims may choose to take matters into their own hands to end their abuse.
Fortunately, situations do not always have to end in death or serious bodily harm as the law gives victims of domestic violence legal recourse to help separate themselves for their abusive partner by seeking protective orders.
Virginia protective orders
Virginia courts may issue one of several protective orders to protect the health and safety of those alleged to be victims of bodily harm or sexual assault. Depending on the circumstances of the case, a judge may issue one of three types of protective orders.
- Emergency Protective Order – Short term order lasting three days
- Preliminary Protective Order – Lasts 15 days or until a preliminary hearing on the matter is conducted
- Protective Order – May last up to two years
These types of legal actions may be crucial for separating victims for their alleged attackers and prevent an escalation of violence on either side. While these orders are free to file and relatively simple to complete, victims should nonetheless consider hiring an experienced Leesburg domestic violence attorney to advocate for them at the hearings.
Individuals served with these orders have the opportunity to bring their own attorneys to the hearings and may be able to successfully contest the petition if a strong enough case is not made. Once a judge issues a protective order, domestic violence victims have the ability to call law enforcement and bring criminal charges against those who violate the order.
Leesburg Domestic Violence Attorneys
Whether your are a victim or a suspect in a domestic violence case, you should strongly consider hiring an experienced Leesburg domestic violence attorney to aid you during your time of need. The attorneys of Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy, PC are prepared to put their legal training and experience to work for you.
Contact our office for a consultation about your case. Our office is located in Leesburg and serves clients throughout Fairfax County, Fauquier County, Loudoun County, and Prince William County.