Seattle Domestic Violence Attorney
Protecting CLients From Domestic Violence in Washington State
At Wakefield Legal, our domestic violence lawyers in Seattle can represent victims of abuse and defend against accusations of domestic violence. We understand both ends of the legal spectrum, and we work to protect our clients. Discuss your situation with our dedicated team.
What is a DVPO in Washington?
There are three types of Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPO) in the State of Washington that can be issued by the court to protect individuals who are experiencing domestic violence or abuse.
These include the following:
- Temporary DVPO: A temporary DVPO is issued by a judge without a full hearing and is intended to provide immediate protection to the victim. This type of order is typically issued for a period of up to 14 days, and can be extended for an additional 14 days if necessary. The abuser is not present at the hearing for a temporary DVPO.
- Domestic Violence Protection Order: A Domestic Violence Protection Order is issued by the court after a full hearing and is intended to provide long-term protection to the victim. This type of order is issued for a period of up to one year, but can be extended for additional one-year periods if necessary. The abuser must be present at the hearing for a Domestic Violence Protection Order.
- Domestic Violence No-Contact Order: A Domestic Violence No-Contact Order is issued by the court in criminal cases where the abuser has been arrested or charged with a domestic violence crime. This type of order prohibits the abuser from contacting the victim or going near the victim's residence, workplace, or other locations where the victim is likely to be found. A Domestic Violence No-Contact Order can be issued for the duration of the criminal case, or for a longer period of time if the abuser is convicted.
what does an order of protection do?
If you are being abused by a spouse or a family member, we can help you obtain a protection order. This is a civil order that can be obtained from the Family Law Court. Our Seattle, domestic violence attorneys can help you fill out the paperwork, file it, and help you prepare for your hearing with a judge.
A protection order can help with the following:
- Prohibit the abuser from threatening or harassing you
- Prohibit the abuser from entering your home
- Give you temporary custody of children
- Order the abuser to attend counseling
If you need an emergency order or need help enforcing an order that has been violated, our domestic violence lawyers in Seattle are ready to protect you.
Defending Charges of Domestic Violence in Seattle, Washington
In Washington, domestic violence is defined as any assault, bodily injury, or the infliction of imminent fear of such harm, that is committed against a family or household member.
Criminal penalties for domestic violence in the State of Washington can include:
- Misdemeanor charges: A person who commits domestic violence in Washington State can be charged with a misdemeanor. This can result in up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
- Gross misdemeanor charges: If the offense is a repeat offense or if it involves aggravating factors, such as the use of a deadly weapon, the offender can be charged with a gross misdemeanor. This can result in up to 364 days in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.
- Felony charges: If the offense is particularly serious, such as causing serious bodily harm or involving strangulation, the offender can be charged with a felony. This can result in a sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
At our firm, we often see many cases in which criminal defense overlap with family law. Domestic violence is one of these issues, and as domestic violence attorneys in Seattle who are well-versed in criminal law, we understand the impact that a domestic violence charge can have on your future. In addition to criminal penalties, your custody rights may be compromised.
Contact Our Domestic Violence Lawyers Today
Whether you have been falsely accused or you feel the charges are exaggerated, our team can help you resolve your charges in the best possible manner. Our goal is to protect you from maximum penalties of the law and safeguard your reputation.
Our domestic violence attorneys in Seattle understand the delicate nature of domestic violence cases. We are here and respond promptly to communication with our clients.
Contact Wakefield Legal today to speak with our Seattle domestic violence attorney.