We all know that relationships can be tough. It is not likely that all relationships are perfect. Quite frankly, if every relationship were perfect, life would be rather boring and most assuredly mundane. Sometimes, however, lively relationships can involve arguments, some of which can become heated, and some of which result in things being said or done that “in the heat of the moment” may cause an individual to do something he or she might not otherwise do. There is undoubtedly a fine line between situations that can be handled “in house” and situations that law enforcement must get involved. Unfortunately, too many times those not familiar with our Washington State criminal laws contact the police just so that a heated situation can be “calmed down”; these folks don’t realize that once law enforcement comes to the scene: (1) one of the parties “must” be arrested, and (2) more than likely criminal charges will be filed against their significant other/ family member notwithstanding the alleged victim’s desires to the contrary. These types of charges have been given the moniker – “Domestic Violence”.
Domestic violence is a pervasive and extremely serious criminal allegation in Washington State. Moreover, many alleged domestic violence situations result in not just one, but multiple charges being leveled against an accused; in addition to domestic violence assault, there may be other serious secondary charges filed against an accused. Often if an incident involves knocking a hole into a wall or breaking a door or a door’s frame, an accused may be charged with malicious mischief, or even property destruction. Similarly, the pulling of a phone cord out of a wall or prohibiting another person from making a telephone call to police can result in a charge of interfering with the reporting of a crime. All of these crimes carry with them enormous penalties and unwanted stigma – after all, who desires to be labeled “an abuser” … especially of loved ones.
Because of the sheer magnitude of domestic violence in Washington State it is imperative that when a person is facing single or even multiple criminal charges arising out of an argument that got out of hand, a person cannot simply entrust his life, his future, his reputation or even his profession to an inexperienced and untested Washington State lawyer. He must seek – he must demand – only the very best criminal defense representation available. Anyone charged with domestic violence in Washington State should immediately seek the assistance of a seasoned Seattle domestic violence defense lawyer.
The Seattle criminal attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly seasoned and reputable Seattle domestic violence defense lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those arrested for domestic violence in Western Washington and the greater Puget Sound region. The team is designed to create success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office so as to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the criminal allegations brought against the accused are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible in light of all the surrounding circumstances. If accused of committing a crime – protect your rights – contact SQ Attorneys.