Seattle Domestic Violence Attorney
Understanding Washington Domestic Violence Law
If you have been charged with domestic violence, you need counsel that is willing to fight for your constitutional rights. Hale Law Enterprises provides you with a dedicated attorney you can trust to fight aggressively on your behalf. Attorney Matthew T. Hale has successfully handled thousands of cases, including high-profile cases. His record speaks for itself, with many cases ending in criminal charges reduced or dropped altogether.
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Navigating the Ramifications of Domestic Violence Convictions
The ramifications of domestic violence are tied to the specific acts and whether they are considered felonies or misdemeanors. There are a variety of different “classes” of both felonies and misdemeanors, and you will need to talk with your Seattle domestic violence attorney during your free consultation to discuss precisely which category your case falls under.
Some domestic violence acts that can be classified as a misdemeanor are:
- intimidation with a weapon
- reckless endangerment
- violation of protective order (gross misdemeanor)
Most domestic violence acts that can be classified as a felony are ones involving a deadly weapon or sexual assault.
Protective (Restraining) Order
Did you know that courts have a right to issue a protective warrant without you even being present at the hearing? These are called ex parte temporary protective orders and they have the power to prohibit the defendant from coming within a certain distance of a location. If you have an ex parte temporary, pre-trial, or any other kind of protective order on your record or in your future, call your highly-knowledgeable Seattle domestic violence attorney at Hale Law Enterprises who can help you fight for your rights.
Fines & Court Fees
There are different fines associated with a conviction depending on the severity of your case. Misdemeanor acts can cost you up to $1,000 in fines while gross misdemeanors can cost up to $5,000. Class C Felony acts (such as third-degree assault of a child) can cost up to $10,000, class B can cost up to $20,000, and class C can cost up to $50,000. In the state of Washington, domestic violence convicts must pay a special fee of $100. There may be additional court fees as well.
Again, this type of sentencing depends on how your case is categorized and the specific circumstances of your case. For a misdemeanor, you can be sentenced to up to 90 days of imprisonment and up to 364 days for a gross misdemeanor. For a felony, you could be imprisoned for 5-10 years or even for life, depending on the type of felony.
See how your Seattle domestic violence lawyer can fight to reduce or drop your domestic violence charges by calling (206) 207-4776.