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I am the victim of a Battery Domestic Abuse and my spouse / boyfriend /girlfriend has been arrested what can I expect?


When a person is arrested by the Fayetteville Police Department for Battery 3rd Degree Domestic Abuse, he/she will be assigned an arraignment date with the District Judge. If the defendant enters a Not Guilty then he/she will be assigned a trial date w/ the Prosecutor. If the defendant pleas Guilty, the Judge will impose a fine, court costs and possible jail time.

Once the case has been assigned a trial date. The victim will receive a letter from this office notifying them of the trial date, and requesting they contact this office. The victim will also be contacted by the Washington County Victim Assistance program, who can assist with support groups, Order of Protection and victim reparations.

During the plea session of the court date, the Prosecutor will speak with the defendant and victim and recommend Fines, Court Costs and Jail Time. If a victim does not want to be in the same room with the defendant, this office will assist him/her.

Battery Third Degree Domestic Abuse is a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable up to a $1000 fine and court costs and up to a year in jail. A second offense is a Felony.