Domestic Abuse


Domestic Violence & Abuse Charges

Serious Defense For Serious Charges!

Few charges require as little investigation or evidence as those surrounding domestic violence and abuse allegations. While domestic violence is a serious and awful problem which requires aggressive enforcement to help break an escalating cycle of violence, few charges are pre-judged to the extent of domestic abuse. Officers responding to a domestic call are tasked with the difficult task of entering a volatile situation. Unlike most crimes, where a thorough investigation takes place before the filing of charges, Officers responding to allegations of domestic abuse are under significant pressure to make an arrest based upon scant evidence or mere allegations of domestic abuse.

You can easily be charged with domestic violence or assault on very weak evidence, even when an honest assessment of the facts show the charges to be unjustified. This happens all the time, since police will arrest if there is any hint of evidence of violence, and prosecutors may not be willing to drop the case, even if the alleged victim does not support the charges against you. Domestic abuse, like domestic relations, are cases fraught with emotion, with far ranging effects to child custody, child and spousal support, visitation and the right to keep and bear arms and thusly the allegations can be motivated by these emotions. The mere entry of an unsupported PFA against you may prevent you from legally owning a firearm in the future.

District Attorneys are often inclined to acquiesce to the wishes of the accuser and prosecute weak cases rather than risk dropping a case, and finding out later than a victim is seriously injured or killed. In these difficult and life-changing cases, it is critical that you retain a top criminal defense attorney as early as possible so that they can build an effective defense through investigation.

THE PRELIMINARY HEARING is critical. The preliminary hearing is an absolutely critical stage in the successful defense of Domestic charges and is often your best opportunity to obtain a favorable outcome without trial. DO NOT HANDLE THIS IMPORTANT STAGE ON YOUR OWN.

What charges may be considered Domestic Violence Under the Laws of Pennsylvania?

Domestic Violence/Domestic Abuse (DV) is a designation that applies to a number of crimes where there is, or has been, a domestic relationship between the defendant and accuser. The DV designation can be applied to any of the following charges and more:

  • Burglary
  • Assault
  • Criminal restraint
  • Criminal mischief
  • False imprisonment
  • Criminal trespass
  • Terroristic threats

Having any criminal charge is a serious matter! A Domestic Violence (DV) conviction on your record could permanently damage your reputation and limit your future opportunities. It may also affect child custody, visitation, child and spousal support and your rights to keep and bear arms. Consult with an experienced attorney familiar with handling these difficult cases.

Don't delay, your defense starts now! Attorney Jeffrey Veitch has the experience and skill you need and will do everything possible to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.

Call today to schedule a consultation with Attorney Veitch and protect your future.

Jeffrey D. Veitch Esq

Attorney Jeff Veitch represents people accused of crimes and DUI charges, and in personal injury claims.

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