Seattle Domestic Violence Lawyer
Fighting to Overcome Domestic Violence Charges in Washington
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:
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.
Accused of domestic abuse? Contact me, a Seattle domestic violence attorney today. I proudly offer free initial consultations for my clients in Seattle and the surrounding area.
Types of Domestic Violence in Washington
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
- Cause fear of physical harm, bodily injury or assault
- Sexual assault
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 or via another form of communication such as email or texting, with the victim. A no contact order differs from a restraining order in that a restraining order can be used as a preventative measure, whereas a no contact order is filed after an incident has already taken place.
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.
Penalties for Domestic Violence
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 and you may face the following penalties:
- $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
Defenses to Domestic Violence Accusations
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:
- False allegations
- Lack of evidence
- Faulty investigation/police misconduct
Choose a Dedicated & Effective Seattle Law Firm
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.
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 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.
I have worked on both sides of the criminal courtroom.
I have handled thousands of cases over the years.
I am on call for 24-hour emergency counsel.
I have a sole focus on criminal defense law.
I have over 17 years of criminal defense experience.
I offer affordable payment plans to focus on what matters.