What crimes are considered Domestic Violence in Washington?
Domestic violence is a very serious offense and can be accompanied by harsh punishment. Technically speaking, there is no such thing as a domestic violence crime in Washington. Rather, other offenses can have a domestic violence enhancement– making them a “crime of domestic violence” – if they are done to someone in your “family or household,” which includes:
- Spouses or former spouses,
- The other parent of your child,
- Adult relatives or in-laws,
- Adults over the age of 16 and who either live together or used to live together or who have dated, and
- People with a biological or legal parent-child relationship, including stepparents or grandparents.
If you are facing an allegation of domestic violence, you should contact our domestic violence defense lawyers immediately for a free consultation. Our defense attorneys have successfully handled hundreds of domestic violence cases and delivered the results our clients demand.
Here is a list of actions that can be considered domestic violence:
- Pushing or shoving
- Hair pulling
- Pursuing unwanted sexual activity
- And more
When the purported victim is a member of your family or household, any of the following offenses can lead to domestic violence charges.
- Reckless endangerment
- Violation of a protection order
Penalties for Domestic Violence
Washington laws recognize four degrees of assault, but the most common one in the domestic violence cases is the Assault in the Fourth Degree. It is commonly known as a DV assault and can be filed against a person who hits or make any other kind of unwanted contact with another person.
Assault in the Fourth Degree is a gross misdemeanor and can lead to 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. In addition to jail time, you could lose your job, housing, and right to possess a firearm.
However, once an offense includes an element of domestic violence, it can trigger certain repercussions that can drastically alter the course of your case, particularly in the short-term.
- Mandatory arrest
- Child custody problems
- Temporary and potentially permanent restraining orders
- Firearm restrictions
- Additional penalties, like jail time and fines
How can our Domestic Violence Defense Attorney help you?
Occasionally, families will have disagreements and it could lead to physical aggression. However, it doesn't mean that people can abuse the law and put you in jail for months. We deal with cases like yours regularly and we know how scary this situation may be for you. And to be honest, the situation is not unique at all. You are under the threat of serious penalties, you may lose the custody over the children, lose the right to bear firearm, and lose your reputation in your community.
These threats are sufficient reasons to call a Washington domestic violence attorney to help you fight back against the charges. You have a heavy battle in front of you and you must take it seriously. You do not want to stand alone in court while facing domestic violence charges.
We help people charged with domestic violence get out of their troubles. We start with free consultations at (253) 327-1063, where we listen to the story of our client. When we get enough information from you, we'll tell you what the flaws of the prosecution's evidence may be and how we could take advantage of it. If you want us to represent you, we'll engage in a detailed examination of the facts and creating a defense strategy.
This conversation is free, confidential, and doesn't mean that you have to hire us. There is no risk in calling now.
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