A domestic violence conviction in the State of Washington can, and often does, result in a myriad of onerous penalties. Convictions for domestic violence often carry more sanctions than convictions for other types of crimes.
Like other types of criminal convictions, domestic violence related convictions have the typical sanctions of jail, fines and probation, but a domestic violence related conviction may also include things like: (1) extended probation (5 years v. 2 years), (2) mandatory participation in domestic violence batterer’s treatment and/or moral recognition therapy, (3) the loss of certain civil liberties such as (a) the possession of firearms, (b) freedom of association (vis a vis the imposition of a no contact order), and (c) freedom of travel. Of course, there also is the potential for unintended consequences such as the loss of a job, and/or damaged relationships with family and friends.
It should also be noted that while a case is at the pre-trial stage, the defendant is certain to have pretrial conditions of release imposed upon him. These conditions of release most certainly can be considered punitive in nature too, even though the defendant has not yet even been convicted. Often pre-trial conditions of release in domestic violence cases include the prohibition of contact with the alleged victim and by extension the ability to live at home. Displacement is a big problem in DV cases, and can often seem like a punishment without a finding of guilt.
In light of foregoing, there is certainly a great deal to consider when you are charged with a domestic violence related crime such as assault, disorderly conduct, property destruction or malicious mischief.
If you (or a loved one) find yourself facing a DV related criminal charge, it is infinitely important to immediately contact and hire a Seattle domestic violence attorney. The Seattle domestic violence attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified and reputable Seattle domestic violence lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those arrested for crime all across Western Washington and the Greater Puget Sound region. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the criminal allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible in light of all the surrounding circumstances of the given case. So, whether cited for domestic violence related assault, malicious mischief, property destruction or some other crime, protect yourself … call SQ Attorneys immediately at 206.441.0900.