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What You Need to Know About Domestic Violence (Washington State)

Posted Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by Lizanne Padula.

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Allegations of Domestic Violence are taken seriously and Washington State has strict laws when it comes to alleged acts of Domestic Violence (DV).

What You Need to Know About Domestic Violence (Washington State)

Washington state law requires law enforcement to make an arrest if they have probable cause to believe an act of Domestic Violence (usually an assault) has occurred within the last 4 hours. RCW 10.31.100. If law enforcement contacts you and they have reasonable grounds to believe you committed an act of DV, even if you acted in self defense or if their information is incorrect, you will be arrested.

It is likely that a No Contact Order will be issued, prohibiting your from contacting the alleged victim. When a No Contact Order is in place, contacting or attempting to contact the alleged victim will constitute a new criminal act which can come with harsh penalties.

If you are convicted of DV, your right to possess a firearm will be lost. And you will not be able to “expunge” a DV conviction from your record.

If you have been accused of DV, you need a criminal defense attorney experienced in all aspects of Domestic Violence defense in Washington State. At Padula & Associates, LLC we are prepared to defend you against DV charges. We answer our phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us 24/7 at 425-883-3366.

Domestic Violence” includes a number of crimes when committed by one family or household member against another. DV includes, but is not limited to, the following crimes: Assault, Reckless Endangerment, Rape, Stalking, Kidnapping, Drive-by Shooting, Burglary, Criminal Trespass, Violation of a No Contact Order, and Interference with reporting DV. RCW 10.99.020(5).

An alleged victim may be contacted by a DV Advocate. Understand that a DV Advocate is an employee of the Prosecutor’s Office, shares office space with Prosecutors, and regularly works with and takes orders from Prosecutors. By the very structure of their employment, they are influenced and controlled by Prosecutors. There is absolutely no way for a DV advocate to be completely independent and able to advocate for the alleged victim.

If You Are Accused of An Act of Domestic Violence

If you are about to be accused or are being accused of an act of Domestic Violence, it is usually in your best interest to remain silent and ask for an attorney. You do not have to answer questions posed to you by law enforcement. Be polite but firm in your desire to remain silent until you have an attorney by your side.

The skilled attorneys at Padula & Associates, LLC know how important it is to defend your rights. Our attorneys are experienced in all aspects of Domestic Violence defense in Washington State. We know how to advocate for our clients and to pinpoint the weaknesses in the Prosecution’s case. For more than 20 years, Padula & Associates, LLC has been serving the people of King County, Snohomish County, and Washington State with aggressive and effective criminal defense.

We answer our phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us 24/7 at 425-883-3366, email us at info@paduladefense.com, or fill out our online free consultation form today.