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  • 3915 Old Lee Highway Suite 22-B
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Alexandria

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Arlington

  • 1655 Fort Myer Dr #700
    Arlington, VA 22209
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Dumfries

  • 17932 S. Fraley Blvd Suite 400-F
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Herndon

  • 13800 Coppermine Road 1st Floor
    Herndon, VA 20171
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Fredericksburg

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    Fredericksburg, VA 22407
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Lexington

  • PO Box 530
    Lexington, VA 24450
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Manassas

  • 10432 Balls Ford Rd. Suite 300
    Manassas, VA 20109
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Newport News

  • 11836 Canon Blvd Suite 100
    Newport News, VA 23606
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Petersburg

  • 1658 Berkeley Avenue
    Petersburg, VA 23805
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Quantico - Stafford

  • 800 Corporate Drive, 3rd Floor
    Stafford, VA 22554
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Reston

  • 12020 Sunrise Valley Dr. Suite 100
    Reston, VA 20191
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Richmond

  • 1506 Willow Lawn Dr. Suite 121
    Richmond, VA 23230
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Virginia Beach

  • 4164 Virginia Beach Blvd Suite 204
    Virginia Beach, VA 23452
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Williamsburg

  • 809 Richmond Road
    Williamsburg, VA 23185
  • Phone: (757) 296-0594
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When is spanking your child considered criminal in Virginia?

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Over the past several years, I've seen an increase in child-abuse charges filed against parents arising from punishment that, even as recent as ten years ago, would have not caught the eye of a prosecutor. For all of you new parents out there, this is something that certainly needs to be on your radar.

To be clear, Virginia allows for “corporal punishment.” That means that spanking and physical punishment is permitted. However, it is limited to “reasonable” physical punishment. What exactly reasonable means is determined by case-by-case circumstances and can mean different things depending upon the community in which you live.

In considering what corporal punishment is, the court will take in to consideration factors such as bruising/markings left on the child, what steps of punishment or taken prior to the physical punishment, the circumstances surrounding the actual punishment, such as how many spanks were employed, and other circumstances.

That being said, it is important to be aware that certain punishment can be interpreted as a child abuse. And as the years proceed, it seems at least in my practice that this threshold is becoming lower and lower.

Should you have any questions about Virginia child-abuse law, or other general questions about our criminal justice system, feel free to me at BenGlassLaw.

James S. Abrenio
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2 Comments:
What is considered punishment that is interpreted as child abuse
Posted by Sylvia Harris on November 8, 2014 at 01:09 PM
Is their a case where a family member won his court case!
Posted by Sylvia Harris on November 8, 2014 at 01:04 PM

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