Washington Domestic Violence
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How to Handle Domestic Violence Charges in Washington State
Domestic Violence charges can either be filed as a misdemeanor or as a felony. Charges are designated as Domestic Violence when they involve a person that has a familial relation or a prior intimate relation relative to the defendant. Generally, misdemeanor charges are Assault 4, or Violation of a No Contact Order (VNCO); both of these charges are gross misdemeanors, which are punishable by up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine. However, felony charges can also occur ranging from Assault 1 to Felony Violation of a No Contact Order. Felony charges are punishable according to their prospective Standard Sentencing Range, set out by the Sentencing Reform Act.
Misdemeanor VNCO charges can quickly turn into Felony VNCO charges in a few instances. When there is an existing No Contact Order with “person X”, and a subsequent assault with “person X” this is categorized as a felony. Additionally, when there are two prior VNCO convictions (with anyone, doesn’t have to be the same person) the third violation can be charged as a felony.
Domestic violence cases are complicated, and there are a ton of pitfalls along the way. You will need an attorney that is experienced in this area no only with regard to legal issues but also with future conduct necessary to secure the best possible outcome for your case. If you are charged with a Domestic Violence charge, call our office to see how we can help you with your case. Consultations are always free, and confidential.
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