Assault Charges in Richmond
Assault charges in Richmond vary, from your standard assault and battery to domestic assault and battery involving a family member, and aggravated or malicious wounding cases where there are significant injuries. As a Richmond assault lawyer, I’ve also handled assault cases where only threats were issued and no actual contact took place.
The most common assault offenses are domestic assault and battery charges. Domestic assault and battery charges are those that take place between typically family members or individuals living together.
How Do Richmond Police Treat Assault Cases?
A lot of how law enforcement treats assault allegations depends on the severity of the assault. Again, if it’s a domestic issue, the officers will remove one party from the scene and or arrest one party if they can determine who the primary aggressor is.
If the assault is connected to a robbery, drugs, or random conflict then officers will act quickly to find and arrest the accused. Officers will act to protect the public safety and large college student body in the area from acts of violence.
This is definitely an area of emphasis for officers. The City and law enforcement officers are very proactive in investigating assaults associated with other crimes like mugging or those associated w/substance abuse. Especially if they pose a threat to the City at large or involve minors.
How Does Richmond Treat Assault Allegations?
If the officers in the city of Richmond are called out on an assault charge the number one priority they have is to see any sort of assault took place. If there is any indication of an assault, no matter how mild, they will arrest the aggressor. Once a domestic assault and battery charge is issued, a magistrate in the city of Richmond will also issue a 72-hour protective order. In handling these matters the Courts can be lenient if there were no injuries and there is no history of violent behavior.
What Happens After an Assault Arrest in Richmond?
They will be taken to Richmond City Police Department for for processing. If there are no significant injuries or history of violence they will be released on no bond or a very low bond after seeing a magistrate. If there are injuries or a history of violence, the magistrate may set or high bond or withhold bond altogether.
If bond is withheld or very high you will be transported to the City Jail for holding until you can go before a judge for an arraignment and bond. At your arraignment the Judge can set a bond and will advise you of your charge of your right to counsel.
You will also be afforded the opportunity to request court-appointed counsel if you qualify or you can advise the judge of your intent to retain your own counsel. At this point the Judge will give you a trial date.