Domestic Violence Crimes
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.
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
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?
When you get in touch with a skilled lawyer immediately you are charged, your lawyer may be able to get the charges reduced or dismissed. Any one of the following defenses may be raised:
- The protection order was invalid
- The defendant was not aware of the protection order
- The defendant did not, in fact, make any contact with the protected person or petitioner.
Defending a violation of a protection order charge can be tricky though and you need to retain the services of a skilled domestic violence attorney.
Call The Curtis Firm for a Free Consultation
At The Curtis Firm, we have the skill and the proven track record to defend you properly. We will fight for your rights and serve as your advocates during the entire legal process, from your arrest through the trial.
Call 253-327-1063 to book a free consultation or visit our office at 596 Industry Drive Suite 231, Tukwila, WA 98188.