Domestic Violence

Assault
Harassment
Malicious Mischief
Violation of Protection Order
WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?
Legally, a crime may be considered "domestic violence" for many reasons.  A "domestic violence offense" includes criminal chargews where the alleged victim is related to, was ever married to or dated or lived with the person accused of committing the crime.  This can include parents, children and roomates.

WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CONVICTION?
In addition to the normal consequences of a criminal conviction, including possible jail and fines, crimes classified as "domestic violence" usually prohibit possession of firearms, result in no-contact orders, and in felony cases, can be the basis for an "exceptional sentence."

HOW CAN I FIGHT A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE?
There are many ways to fight a domestic violence charge.  Often, domestic violence charges are her word against his.  These cases can be difficult for the prosecution to prove.  An experienced and dedicated attorney can investigate and find holes in the case either to negotiate a reduction or to fight the charges at trial.  In addition, there are many legal issues that arise in domestic violence cases, including the legality of searches where police have stopped a car or entered a house.  There may also be legal issues with the admissibility of evidence from 911 calls or when witnesses are uncooperative.  It's important to have an experienced attorney who knows what issues to look for and who will fight for you.

Proven Results

  •  NOT GUILTY verdict on Obstruction case, where client questioned officer who responded to DV call.
  • NOT GUILTY verdict on DV Malicious Mischief case, where client was accused of keying a car.
  • HUNG jury on Obstruction case where client refused to exit his home when police were attempting to serve a no contact order.  Based on arguments at trial and hung jury, State DISMISSED case.
  •  Many DV cases DISMISSED because State unable to prove charges.
  •  Convinced State to REDUCE numerous felonies to misdemeanors.