Accusations of domestic violence (DV) crimes are taken very seriously by law enforcement, prosecutors, and the courts. Along with potential jail time and fines, a conviction for a domestic violence related crime (even what may seem like a “minor” incident) will have serious long term consequences that you need to minimize or eliminate.
We know that after you have been arrested for a domestic violence related crime, you may have feelings of despair, hopelessness, and even anger. Your life will be seriously disrupted due to an arrest or a domestic violence No Contact Order and you may feel overwhelmed by these charges. We are here to tell you that there is significant hope that your charge will be successfully resolved.
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We would like to help you fight your domestic violence case, such as assault, malicious mischief, harassment, violation of a No Contact Order, or any other domestic violence related charge.
We know that knowledge is power and the more information you have, the better able you will be to make good decisions regarding your DV case. This website is a great place to start, but we would be happy to meet with you and discuss the specific details of your DV case for easing your concerns.
If you have been arrested or charged with a domestic violence crime in Washington, you already know how seriously law enforcement takes these cases. What starts with a simple call to 911 can spiral out of control and end in a family being torn apart.
The strict domestic violence laws in Washington require police to arrest one of the parties if they believe that a DV crime has occurred, no matter how minor or innocuous the underlying act may seem. The arresting officer simply has no discretion.
What a Domestic Violence Conviction Can Do To You if You Don’t Hire a Skilled Attorney
A domestic violence crime conviction brings consequences far beyond the threat of jail. It imposes “No Contact Orders,” the loss of constitutional rights, immigration consequences, the loss of firearm rights, mandatory DV batterers treatment classes as well as substance and alcohol abuse therapy. Furthermore, a conviction for a domestic violence crime can have long-lasting and detrimental effects on future employment and housing.
What can Nick George do to help your case?
Seattle domestic violence attorney Nick George is an experienced and effective advocate for individuals facing domestic violence charges in all courts in Washington. If you call his office, Nick will be happy to schedule you for a free one-hour consultation to meet in his office face to face and discuss the specific charges you are facing. Nick will listen patiently to the specific facts and circumstances of your legal matter and will advise you of the elements of your charges, the possible outcomes of your case, as well as the best strategy to fight your charges.
You Must Find a Domestic Violence Lawyer!!!
An attorney who is experienced in domestic violence crimes can help, whether you are the victim or the accused. If you are the victim your lawyer can get you out of a bad situation by obtaining restraining orders and facilitating custody changes. If you are the accused, your lawyer can help you stay out of jail.
Domestic violence can be physical, emotional, economic, psychological, or sexual in nature. And it is not restricted to spousal relationships only.
If You Have Experienced Domestic Violence
If you have been a victim of domestic violence, you may be able to get an Order of Protection. If the person who hurt you then violates the Order, he or she can face jail time. An Order of Protection is temporary at first. A scheduled hearing will later determine if the Order will continue.
Before you file for a Protective Order, you should consult a domestic violence attorney. We will help you to navigate the process so everything gets covered and you are protected as much as Washington law allows.
If you have been accused of domestic violence
The first thing you should do is contact a qualified domestic violence attorney as domestic violence is a criminal offense and can carry criminal charges. Be candid about what happened, and your lawyer will let you know if the DV charge has any staying power. At this phase, it is important to tell the absolute truth, no matter how it may sound.
Possible Outcomes of a Domestic Violence Case
The possible outcomes of a DV case vary between states. For example, in Washington, there are about five possible outcomes...
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