We Will Stand By You Through Your Domestic Violence Case
When family relationships break down, emotions can run high. In the middle of a heated exchange, harsh words can sometimes lead to physical altercations. If you find yourself facing domestic violence charge, you need an attorney who will stand by you and fight for your legal rights. We can be there to help you during such a difficult time.
At Schroader Law, PLLC, we represent clients in criminal defense cases throughout Tacoma and the surrounding areas. If you are facing domestic violence charges, we are not afraid to go into battle for you and defend your rights.
Understanding Washington’s Domestic Violence Laws
Washington laws define domestic violence as a criminal act against a family member, a person the defendant has dated or a person living in the same household. The victim could be related or unrelated, in a romantic relationship with the accused or just a roommate. The definition is broad in scope.
The types of acts categorized as domestic violence go beyond assault and are equally broad. The most common actions include:
- Stalking and harassment
- Physical assault
- Sexual assault
- Threatening and intimidation
- Malicious mischief
Penalties for these offenses vary based on the level of assault, ranging from gross misdemeanor to felony charges. For a gross misdemeanor, the penalties may include up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. Felonies have a wider range of penalties, based on a class system. Penalties for the different classes of domestic assault felonies in Washington state are:
- Class A – Prison term of life is possible, with up to $50,000 in fines
- Class B – Prison term of 10 years maximum, with up to $20,000 in fines
- Class C – Prison term of five years maximum, with up to $10,000 in fines
When you discuss your case with attorney Dennis Schroader, he will explain your charges and the possible punishment you might face if convicted. He will also discuss options for handling your case.
You Can Defend Yourself – We Can Help
Domestic violence charges carry an immediate stigma, and you may fear that there is no way to defend yourself against the accusations. Rest assured, success fighting these charges is possible. We regularly defend clients against domestic violence charges using defenses such as:
- Self-defense – As with other assault charges, a self-defense defense confirms that you may have injured the other person, but that you were only doing so to defend yourself from their aggression.
- False accusation – With this defense, you are stating that the act or acts you are accused of did not happen.
- Motive for false accusation – Taking the argument one step further, you can present evidence that the accuser had a motive to lie. For example, one party may lie during a custody dispute to improve their chances of getting sole custody.
A successful defense can reduce charges or penalties, sometimes resulting in a dismissal of charges. We will work with you to build the strongest defense possible in your case.