In Washington, the term “domestic violence” can involve any crime occurring between two people who are related by blood or marriage, have a child together, or have resided together in the same household. Actual physical violence doesn’t even need to take place for the accused to be removed from his or her home. Law enforcement officials will often make an arrest on the mere accusation by an alleged victim that they have been harmed or are in fear of being harmed and prosecutors will often move forward on cases even where the alleged victim does not wish to press charges.
A conviction on domestic violence charges can have far-reaching consequences for the accused, including fines, jail time and restriction by a restraining order, order of protection or no-contact order and, often, such restraining orders interfere with the ability to contact children. Further, domestic violence convictions will interfere with your civil rights and, possibly, your job. These cases are among the most highly litigated in Washington.
Many people don’t understand that they can be charged with domestic violence for nearly any crime. Seemingly unrelated crimes such as theft and malicious property destruction can be considered domestic violence if the alleged victim is a family or household member.
If you are facing charges for any type of domestic violence offense, it is important that you speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. The Vancouver domestic violence attorneys at Spencer & Sundstrom have represented countless clients in all types of these cases. You can count on us to do everything in our power to beat the charges against you and preserve your freedom.
Domestic violence charges require that you appear in court. We will be there to represent you from the initial hearing to the resolution of your case. We have experience handling all aspects of these cases — we know the courts, we know the prosecutors, and we know the law. We will work hard to minimize the impact that a charge of domestic violence may have on you, your life and your family.
Contact our office today to talk to one of our attorneys about your felony or misdemeanor domestic violence charges. We will give you an honest assessment of your case and help you understand your legal options. You can reach us by phone at 360-356-1710 or via e-mail. For your convenience, we accept Visa and MasterCard.