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Domestic Violence Attorney in Seattle

Defending Against Domestic Violence Charges in King County

At Guadagno Law, PLLC, I have assisted countless individuals over the last 17 years who have been accused of domestic violence — oftentimes by a vengeful spouse or partner. If you were recently arrested or accused of domestic violence, you need to speak with me, a Seattle domestic violence attorney, as soon as possible. A domestic violence conviction can put you behind bars. Thus, you must take immediate steps to secure my qualified legal representation.

As my client, you can be sure that your case will not be handed off to a junior associate or paralegal. Instead, you can work directly with me, the same Seattle domestic violence lawyer you meet during your free initial consultation. This allows me to fully comprehend all details of your case, as well as your needs. When it comes to defending the rights of my clients, I believe in providing nothing short of high-quality legal services.

What is Domestic Violence?

The state of Washington classifies domestic violence as a criminal act committed by one family member or household member against another, such as assault. A person arrested for domestic violence could face the following consequences:

Have you been accused of domestic violence in Washington State? Our Seattle domestic violence lawyer is ready to represent you. Call Guadagno Law, PLLC today at (206) 895-6800 or contact us online to start your defense!

What is Considered Domestic Violence?

According to Washington state law, an act of domestic violence against an intimate partner, family member or household resident can include:

  • Physical harm
  • Bodily injury
  • Assault
  • Cause fear of physical harm, bodily injury or assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Stalking

What Is a No Contact Order?

When a "no contact order" is issued, the defendant is ordered to not have any contact, whether in person, text, email or, third-party contact, including surveillance or contact through social media accounts. A no-contact order (NCO) differs from a Civil Order of Protection, which is granted by a civil action, in that it is the result of a criminal charge of assault. It is only one of the imposed “conditions of release.”

A person alleged to have assaulted someone MUST appear before a judge or magistrate to be granted conditions of release. This is why bail is rarely granted until the court addresses the alleged defendant. This is particularly onerous if one is arrested on or over the weekend because the incarcerated individual must stay in custody, in most jurisdictions, until seen by a judge.

These conditions are often standard but can include bail, a GPS monitoring device, or a combination of all of those conditions, depending on what the court determines regarding a defendant. The judge will evaluate whether the defendant is a “danger to the victim or community," a "flight risk," or "at risk of failing to appear in court for any future court date."

If a no-contact order is issued against you during the development of your case, it can result in a loss of time spent with your loved ones, including your children. Don't let the actions of a bitter spouse or family member prevent you from spending time with your family.

What are the Penalties for Domestic Violence in Washington?

If you are convicted of domestic violence crime in Washington, you must pay a $100 fine. If you violate a protective order, it can be considered a gross misdemeanor.

First-time domestic violence charges in Washington State include:

  • $5,000 fine
  • 364 days in jail

You may also face a class C felony for violating a protective order under the following circumstances:

  • If you’ve had two or more prior convictions for violating a protective order
  • If you’ve committed a third or fourth-degree assault
  • If, by your actions, you’ve created serious physical injury or substantial risk of death

For a class C misdemeanor, you could face the following penalties:

  • $10,000 fine
  • 5 years in prison

Defense Strategies From a Former Prosecutor

Depending on the unique circumstances of your case, I can utilize personalized defense strategies that can increase your likelihood of getting a “not guilty” verdict. As a former prosecutor, I understand how the other side of the court operates, allowing me to devise proactive defense strategies in anticipation of the prosecution’s attacks. Thus, you can feel confident because I am prepared and think on my feet at all times.

I can employ the following defense strategies on your behalf:

  • Self-defense or defense of others
  • Demonstrate that the allegations are not credible or lack of a factual basis
  • Present to the prosecuting authority evidence of mutual combat during negotiations
  • Poor evidence or lack of evidence
  • Witnesses are not credible
  • Underlying issues unrelated to abusive or combative behavior to gain a favorable resolution

These are only a few strategies I may employ in the management of your case.

Contact An Experienced Domestic Violence Lawyer Today

With thousands of domestic violence cases handled and extensive experience both inside and outside of court, I am well-equipped to handle your case, no matter how complex. I am fully aware that sometimes my clients require emergency legal counsel, which is why I proudly grant my clients 24-hour access to communicate with me should a legal crisis arise.

Contact Guadagno Law, PLLC, today to schedule a FREE consultation with a skilled domestic violence attorney in Seattle! Multiple languages offered.

Our Satisfied Clients

  • “I was able to win my case due to him.”
    After having experienced one of the most difficult times in my life after being charged for a crime, I contacted Albert at Guadagno Law. Albert was able to help me in this difficult time and was able to take a very stressful situation and put me at ease. Albert promised that he would work hard and diligently for me, and he did. I was able to win my case due to him. Albert was gracious, direct, and honest about my case and what he was going to do to help me win. I will highly recommend Guadagno Law if one needs to seek legal advice.
    - Ben
  • “Impressive defense attorney”
    I have never had to hire an attorney before and Albert was just amazing. He took on my case quickly and was incredibly efficient and professional. He spent hours with me on the phone over several months, helping to ease my fears and worries and offering words of encouragement and advice. Albert is kind, thoughtful and generous with his time and I consider him a friend. He was very supportive to me during such A difficult time in my life. He fought tirelessly for me and my family with great success. He truly went above and beyond to fight for a full dismissal. I highly recommend his services.
    - Coral
  • “Puts his heart & soul into protecting his clients”
    I have been a client of Alberts for going on 3 years, he has been there for me during a very difficult time in my life. Never was there a time when I was not able to be in contact him, weekday or weekends. He has given his all to go to bat for me and defend me in every possible way. He is very educated in his profession! I have again and again recommended him to anyone I know who is in need of representation.
    - Jay M.
  • “Albert was incredible!!”
    Albert was absolutely amazing! He quickly took my case on short notice and helped me immensely. I highly recommend him. If you are hesitant or feeling apprehensive, DONT!! He is worth every penny
    - Tracy
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    Mr.Guadagno is very professional, friendly , attentive and very supportive when you face a difficult situation. Gave you support and comfort makes you feel you have someone who really cares and is there to help you. Always available to reach regardless if it is week days or weekend. Response to you immediately and works with you. We really really appreciate his support in a time we were stressed out he gave us so much comfort. Really recommend him to others. Grateful to know him .
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  • “Excelente”
    Sinceramente estoi satisfecha porque Alberto Guandageno Alludo muy bien enel casi de mi hijo lo recomiendo hiso un excelente trabajo en la defensa de mi hijo si yo le mandaba textos me respondía en minutos si le abla a por teléfono inmediatamente me respondía igual si le escribí correos electrónicos respondía rápido y me desia esactamente lo que estaba pasando enel caso de mi hijo porque mi hijo dio autorización que me dijera lo que pasaba y gracias a él abogado Alberto todo salió bien es un ángel que Dios pone en el camino de los que nesesitan su alluda muchas gracias abogado Alberto Guandageno
    - Mamá feliz
  • “Albert Guadagno truly cares”
    Albert really goes above and beyond to not only treat you as a client - but as a human. He listens to your situation, tries to understand from different sides, and lets you know what to expect honestly without sugar-coating. His year’s of experience in law really helps you navigate a, sometimes, convoluted legal system with confidence affordably and with careful attention to detail. Highly recommend.
    - Kienan
  • “110% in your corner”
    Albert is 110% in your corner. His prior experience as a prosecutor is what drew me to hiring him. He knows the process from all sides and will fight for you as well as explain outcome possibilities in great detail. He is also a tremendous listener who empathizes and puts your mind at ease (without giving you false expectations) He is a consummate professional of whom I would hire again if needed. Go with someone that not only has the knowledge and skills to help you through your case, but will also be a human being by listening to your concerns. Go with Albert.
    - CS

Why Choose Guadagno Law, PLLC?

  • I offer affordable payment plans to focus on what matters.
  • I have over 17 years of criminal defense experience.
  • I have a sole focus on criminal defense law.
  • I am on call for 24-hour emergency counsel.
  • I have handled thousands of cases over the years.
  • I have worked on both sides of the criminal courtroom.