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Kent County Domestic Violence Attorney

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Angry man approaching woman with a fist - Washington State Domestic Violence Penalties

Being accused of domestic violence can change your life. Your reputation, your job, and your most prized relationships may be at risk. If you are under investigation or have been arrested for domestic violence, reach out to the Law Offices of Kim E. Hunter. Our lead attorney has more than 15 years of experience. She has also been named to Washington SuperLawyers® each year from 2015 to present and is a member of both the Washington State Bar and the Washington Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers. More than 30 clients have reviewed our firm on Avvo, and we are proud to say that we still maintain a 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating, the highest score possible. Our dedication to the attorney-client privilege and our tenacity in the courtroom sets us apart.

Reach out to our domestic violence lawyer in Kent today at (253) 237-1753 for a free consultation.

Domestic Violence and Assault in Washington State

Many domestic violence cases involve assault. According to the Revised Code of Washington section 10.99.020(5), there are four different degrees of assault. Assault in the first degree is a felony. It encompasses cases where the defendant intended to cause great bodily harm using a weapon or force. Assault in the second degree involves intentional assault or reckless actions that caused bodily harm to the victim or an unborn child. Some examples of second-degree assault include strangulation, suffocation, or assault with a deadly weapon.

Third-degree assault regards special, protected victims. Fourth-degree assault is typically considered a misdemeanor. However, anyone with two or more prior domestic violence or assault convictions in the past 10 years can be charged with a Class C felony even if they committed fourth-degree assault.

Other Domestic Violence Crimes

Domestic violence is an umbrella term for any crime that is committed by one family member against another. Some of these familial relationships include spouses, ex-spouses, children, parents, grandparents, adults that have lived together, stepparents, boyfriends and girlfriends over the age of 16, stepchildren, and grandchildren.

Domestic violence can involve:

  • Burglary

  • Violation of a restraining order or no-contact order

  • Coercion

  • Rape

  • Reckless endangerment

  • Drive-by shootings

  • Malicious mischief

  • Unlawful imprisonment

  • Criminal trespassing

  • Stalking

  • Kidnapping

  • Interference with reporting domestic violence

Decisions to file a domestic violence case are solely made by a prosecutor. Victims do not have the ability to drop their charges after the defendant has been arrested.

Washington State Domestic Violence Penalties

Is domestic violence a felony in Washington State?

If you are convicted of a misdemeanor, you may face up to 90 days in jail and a fine up to $1,000. A gross misdemeanor leads to up to 364 days in jail and a maximum fine of $5,000. If you are convicted of a Class C Felony, you may spend up to 5 years in prison and be required to pay $10,000. Class B Felonies involve a maximum 10-year prison sentence and up to $20,000 in fines. Lastly, a Class A felony can come with a life prison sentence and fines reaching $50,000.

These crimes come with other ramifications, as well. You may be barred from ever owning a firearm. You could also lose custody of your children. You could be restricted from seeing your loved ones by a restraining order or no-contact order. Don’t let a domestic violence charge ruin your life. Take action right now and talk with our domestic violence attorney in Kent. We want to provide you with solid, ethical, and effective advocacy.

Give us a call at (253) 237-1753 to schedule a free consultation with our  Kent County domestic violence lawyer. 

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