Local magistrate charged with assault

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Henrico County’s chief magistrate may have landed on the wrong side of the law.

She’s charged with assaulting her husband.

As a magistrate, Yvette Via’s job is to help uphold the law, but now she’s charged with breaking it after an alleged altercation with her husband last Friday.

Henrico Police say Via called them last Friday to report that her husband had assaulted her during an argument in the couple’s Henrico County home.

However, according to a criminal complaint obtained by 8News, police quickly determined that Via was the predominant physical aggressor.

The complaint also states that Via admitted to pushing the victim after having been pushed herself but pushed her husband again and punched him in the face.

Police immediately obtained a three day emergency protective order for Via’s husband and a summons for Via for misdemeanor domestic assault.

8News called the magistrate’s office to speak with Via but our call wasn’t returned.

We also stopped by her home where we found her husband.

He didn’t want to talk about what happened, but told us everything is going to be ok between he and his wife.

The Virginia Supreme Court oversees local magistrates. No word on whether or not Via could face disciplinary action at work for what allegedly happened at home.

Via is due in court on Friday morning.

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