The penalties of a domestic violence conviction in Washington can be extremely severe. Once you are found guilty, there is no way to avoid the penalties that follow. Your best bet is to seek the advice of an experienced Washington domestic violence defense attorney who will work to avoid the conviction altogether. At the law firm of Spencer & Sundstrom, we provide aggressive defense against all types of felony and misdemeanor domestic violence charges. You can count on us to present the strongest possible case to protect your rights and your freedom. We understand the impact a domestic violence conviction can have on your life, and we will. do everything in our power to beat the charges against you outright.
The list of potential penalties for a domestic violence conviction is lengthy. Below is some additional information on some of the more prevalent ones.
- Domestic violence perpetrator treatment program: People convicted of domestic violence are required to attend a state-approved treatment program. The program typically least one year and involves anger management and other types of counseling.
- Loss of your right to possess a firearm: This includes the right to possess a firearm for occupational use. If you are in law enforcement or the armed forces, your livelihood could be in jeopardy.
- No contact order: A no contact order could be in effect for up to two years or longer after your conviction.
- Divorce and Custody: Known as “RCW 26.09.191 factors,” convictions for domestic violence may, in the context of divorce, paternity or child custody related proceedings, serve as a basis for a court to transfer custody of a child away and/or restrict or limit your contact with the child in the future.
- Incarceration: Depending on your criminal history and the specific charge, a person accused of a Domestic Violence Offense could be a risk for serving jail time or, under a felony charge, time in prison.
- Financial penalties: If convicted, you could be subject to fines, restitution, court costs, probation fees and other penalties. You would also be responsible for the cost of your treatment program.
Contact our office today to talk to one of our attorneys about your domestic violence issue. 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.