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Lynnwood Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer

Overview of Domestic Violence Charges in Washington

The term "domestic violence" (DV), when used in a criminal charge sense, is a term that is tacked on to a set of specific crimes in Washington state when they occur between "family or household members." Generally, people are "family or household members" under the DV laws if they are related by blood or marriage, are currently dating or have dated in the past, or are living together or have lived together in the past (including people who simply live under the same roof - regardless of any romantic relationship) Generally, the "domestic violence" tag can be tacked onto many crimes, the most common ones are assault (any unwanted touching), malicious mischief (property damage), harassment (threats) or no-contact order violations. The consequences of a charge being designated "domestic violence" include mandatory arrest, loss of firearm rights if convicted, no contact orders at your first court appearance, and sometimes having your case heard in a special domestic violence court, a court that is usually much tougher on the accused.

In Washington, if police officers are called in to handle a domestic violence call or even a 911 hang-up and they find that there is probable cause that some type of physical contact or assault occurred within the past four hours, they are required to arrest the suspect and take the suspect to jail. This means that in almost all cases if the police respond to a domestic violence call, someone is going to jail. If you or your loved one have been taken to jail for a domestic violence arrest, charges may or may not be filed at once. In Snohomish county, for example, state cases are no longer directly filed by the police. This means that there is still time to get an attonrey involved to try and avoid a no-contact order or to keep the case from even being charged. To protect yourself from unwarranted charges, or even if you did commit some form of domestic violence, you will need an effective and experienced Lynnwood domestic violence lawyer to help you through this difficult time.

Following an arrest for DV, you may face fines, jail, court mandated treatment as well as other court-imposed conditions. There can be other serious ramifications to these charges as well, some of which may include:

  • Loss of child custody or visitation rights
  • Loss of professional licenses
  • Inability to work in certain professional fields
  • Loss of the right to own or possess a firearm
  • If an immigrant, possible deportation

As you can see, there are various consequences to a DV charge that could also include protection orders and no contact orders, which if violated, could result in additional penalties and conviction.

Get the Domestic Violence Defense You Need in Lynnwood

When you hire the Law Office of Lance R. Fryrear to represent you, I will provide you with the strongest possible defense to fight your charges and protect your rights. I intensely focus on defending domestic violence charges in my practice every day. I also know the toll these type of charges can take on you. I have spent over a decade helping my clients get their lives back to normal as soon as possible. There are many defenses that can be used in cases of alleged domestic violence. If there are any defenses that can get your charges dismissed, I will find them. If not, I may still be able to negotiate to keep the charge off of your record and keep you out of jail. I spent seven years prosecuting these types of charges so I know how the prosecutor thinks. I use that knowledge every day in defending domestic violence charges. No matter what the situation surrounding your case is, you can be confident that I will develop a strong, tailor-made defense plan that will aid in the protection of your future.

Contact a Lynnwood domestic violence attorney at the Law Office of Lance R. Fryrear today to find out your best legal options when facing domestic violence charges.

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