Lynnwood Domestic Violence Defense Attorney
Under Washington state law, a police officer responding to a domestic violence call is required to make an arrest if the officer has probable cause to believe an offense has been committed within the past four hours. They will arrest the person they believe is the primary aggressor, whether or not it is true. Thus, these arrests often come down to “he said / she said” arguments and may be used to gain the upper hand in certain disputes, such as when a couple is going through a divorce or in custody battles.
A domestic violence conviction can have serious long-term consequences. In addition to jail time and fines, it may carry significant social stigma. A no-contact order may be issued, and you could lose the right to possess firearms.
What Is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence can only be perpetrated against a “household member.” This may include a former domestic partner or spouse, a person with whom the perpetrator has had a child, a person with whom he or she has or has had a dating relationship, or other adult relatives.
Washington law identifies three different types of domestic violence-related offenses:
- Physical injury or harm, or the threat of imminent injury or harm
- Sexual assault
Can the Alleged Victim Drop Domestic Violence Charges?
Even if no arrest is made by police responding to a domestic violence incident, the officer is required to complete a report. Prosecutors review the police report and decide whether charges should be filed. Only the prosecutor can drop the charges, and it must be approved by a judge. The alleged victim is only a witness with no authority to drop charges.
Defense Against Domestic Violence Charges in Edmonds, Kirkland, Seattle, Everett, Marysville, King County, and Snohomish County
In a domestic violence case, the prosecution has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Defending against domestic violence charges involves a thorough examination of police reports, witness statements, and forensic evidence. Your defense attorney must also identify and overcome negative connotations created by the prosecution.
Our Lynnwood domestic violence defense attorney has extensive experience. We provide personal service, take a caring approach, and walk you through the entire process. Call us today at (425) 374-0761 to schedule a free 30-minute consultation.