Perhaps no other misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor criminal charge can cause as much upheaval, unrest, and uncertainty as an allegation involving domestic violence (DV). From mandatory arrest and booking, to prohibited contact with family and loved ones, to mandatory domestic batterer’s treatment and the loss of a great number of civil rights, not to mention jail, fines and the fact of a criminal conviction; perhaps only a charge of DUI tends to create as much havoc in a person’s life.
This section of the website has been developed to educate persons charged with a crime of domestic violence on the situation they are facing as well as to help them find a way out of it. In this section you will find:
- definitions of domestic violence
- how to be proactive in your own defense
- what to expect throughout the entire DV process
- the potential outcomes associated with a DV charge
- the definition and expectations of a Stipulated Order of Continuance (SOC)
- how to deal with Civil Standby Orders
- information on Domestic Violence Treatment
- how to handle the imposition of a No Contact Order (NCO)
- ways to protect yourself from those that wield a NCO as a sword
- information about Washington DV victim advocates and their role
If you have questions that have not been answered on our site, or additional questions have been raised, feel free to contact us for a free consultation regarding your case or just to answer additional questions that you may have.
Our Seattle domestic violence DV lawyers are available to assist you 24 hours a day.