My spouse (or significant other) wants to drop my Virginia domestic violence charge. Can I get the case dropped without going to court?

The simple answer is no.

This is the most common question I get about Virginia domestic violence charges. Simply because you spouse or significant other wants the case dropped against you doesn’t mean it will happen, and you won’t be able to have the case dropped before the court.

Here’s the straightforward answer why – domestic violence is a real problem. Abuse among family members is concerning for our society, and law enforcement and prosecutors are always concerned that an abusing spouse is either forcing or persuading a victim spouse into dropping the charges. And the cycle of domestic violence continues until someone is seriously injured or worse.

For this reason, if you’re charged, you need to call an attorney to discuss your options. But don’t expect your case to be dropped only because your spouse or significant other wants the case gone. Domestic violence needs to be taken seriously because law enforcement, the prosecutor’s office, and the community takes it very seriously.

For more information about Virginia Domestic Violence charges, you can check out my detailed article about these cases here.

For questions, feel free to reach out to BenGlassLaw at (703) 584-7277.