What are the domestic violence penalties in Washington state?
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In fact, your significant other has very little power once the police are called and the case is turned over to the government. In Clark County, Washington, domestic violence is prosecuted very aggressively. The rest of the country looks to Clark County’s Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit as a model for “successful” prosecution.
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What are the penalties for violating a no contact order?
One of the most distressing penalties for a domestic violence assault conviction is the no-contact order. A no-contact order can be issued by the court for up to two years in a domestic violence misdemeanor case and for a lifetime in felony cases. It prevents you from having contact with your loved one or, in some cases, your children. If you work with the other party, you may even have to find another job.
Prosecutors will try to use the no-contact order to leverage you into accepting a plea deal. Do not accept this “deal.” There are many hidden consequences, including a lifelong criminal record, that can prevent you from getting employment or pursuing your desired profession.
Our lawyers are very adept at resolving DV cases in ways that minimize the penalties our clients face, whether that means winning at trial or negotiating with prosecutors for a more reasonable result.
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What are the possible penalties for a Domestic Violence charge in Washington state?
In Washington state, domestic violence misdemeanors are punishable by up to $1,000 in fines and 90 days in jail. A gross misdemeanor is punishable by up to $5,000 in fines and a year in jail. Felony Domestic Violence convictions range form months in jail to years and potentially life in prison.
There are also added penalties not found in most criminal cases, including one year of required domestic violence defender treatment. This is a statutorily approved program that consists of 32 sessions over 26 weeks, including six monthly follow-ups. This is a huge time commitment and can end up costing you thousands of dollars. Our Washington domestic violence (DV) defense lawyers are skilled at arguing that this type of treatment is unwarranted in many domestic violence cases.