UNDERSTANDING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES IN WASHINGTON
Because domestic violence is viewed as a serious social problem throughout Washington, law enforcement, prosecuting attorneys and politicians are zealous about the fight against violence and abuse in the home environment. Unfortunately, this can mean that a minor dispute can quickly escalate into a full-blown criminal investigation and case. Not only will you have to deal with criminal charges, but you may face a restraining order and issues in relation to a child custody matter or divorce in conjunction with your domestic violence case – and these need to be addressed immediately by a lawyer in order to avoid damage.
Often domestic violence allegations will result in serious criminal charges, even when the alleged victim does not want to follow through with a criminal case. An alleged victim may call the police in an effort to resolve a situation, but the effect of this is most often that the situation escalates. After an emergency domestic violence call, law enforcement officers usually have no choice but to make an arrest. Because of the unique nature of these cases, it is crucial to have an attorney who is familiar with the dynamics between the defendant, the alleged victim, and law enforcement and prosecutors.
An experienced defense lawyer who will vigorously and ethically defend your rights to the fullest extent of the law can often make all the difference in the outcome of domestic violence cases in Seattle and around Washington. By becoming involved in your case as early as possible, a Seattle criminal defense attorney may be able to persuade the prosecuting attorney not to file formal charges. This may be accomplished by proving that there is inadequate evidence of abuse or that the victim made false allegations. If avoiding filing of charges, or winning pretrial dismissal of them, is not a possibility, then it is crucial to have an attorney who has the experience and skills to successfully present your case at trial by challenging the prosecution’s witnesses, chiefly the alleged victim, about inconsistencies in their stories and motives for presenting false or biased testimony.
CONSULT A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAWYER IN THE SEATTLE AREA
We have successfully represented many clients in both felony and misdemeanor domestic violence prosecutions in Seattle and many other jurisdictions. Our Seattle domestic violence lawyers take a comprehensive approach to legal representation, fully investigating each case and exploring all of the options for fighting the charges. We leverage our years of experience in these cases on behalf of every client to our clients’ advantage. We also have significant experience working with foreign national clients to protect their immigration status if they have been charged with a crime in the U.S. We can help defendants in Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Kent, and Bellevue, as well as other cities in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties. To set up a free appointment, call (206) 623-1604 or contact us online. We can also assist you if you need a drug crime attorney or representation in another criminal matter.