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Washington Domestic Violence Charges and Penalties
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence means the infliction or threat of physical harm against an intimate partner. Domestic violence includes physical, sexual, and psychological abuse against the partner. It is a part of a pattern of assaultive, coercive, and controlling behaviors directed at achieving compliance from or control over that intimate partner.
Domestic violence can include elements of crime that include but are not limited to:
(a) Assault in the first, second, third, or fourth degree;
(b) Burglary in the first or second degree;
(d) Reckless endangerment;
(e) Criminal trespass in the first or second degree;
(f) Malicious mischief in the first, second, or third degree;
(g) Unlawful imprisonment;
(h) Rape in the first or second degree;
(i) Violation of a protection order;
(j) Violation of a no-contact order;
(k) Violation of a restraining order;
(l) Stalking; or,
(m) Residential burglary.
What is interfering with the Reporting of Domestic Violence?
A person is guilty of interfering with the reporting of domestic violence if the person:
(a) commits a crime of domestic violence; and
(b) prevents or attempts to prevent the victim of or a witness to that domestic violence crime from calling a 911 emergency communication system, obtaining medical assistance, or making a report to any law enforcement official.
The person must have committed a crime of domestic violence in order to be charged with interfering with the reporting of domestic violence.
Examples include breaking the victim’s phone or ripping the phone out of the wall.
What is the Punishment?
Domestic violence is charged as the crime that is committed. So, if you are charged with assault of a household member, the penalty could include life imprisonment, imprisonment for up to five years, or even fines up to $50,000.00.
A gross misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment for up to 364 days, or by a fine of up to $5,000.00, or both.
Interference with the reporting of domestic violence is a gross misdemeanor.
A gross misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment up to 364 days, a fine of not more than $5,000.00, or both.
It is important to note that you can have other charges as well as interference with the reporting of domestic violence. This can add to the severity of the sentence.
As the crime of domestic violence has different aspects to it, it is important to have legal counsel who will advocate for you in the court room. If you were charged with burglary, which does not include domestic violence statute, then you cannot be charged with interference with the reporting of domestic violence. It is sometimes possible to get charges dropped or reduced, but it is difficult to do without legal counsel. Our knowledgeable team is ready to advocate for you. Let Weber Law work through the details of your case today.
Even as a Defendant of a Crime, you still have Rights! Make sure yours were not violated!
Even as an individual facing criminal charges, you have rights. It is important to know those rights and make sure that they were not violated in any way when you were arrested or charged. Without extensive knowledge of your rights when it comes to police searches, Miranda rights, and your rights when it comes to arrest, it is extremely difficult to get a dismissal or reduction of your charges. Do not try and fight these charges on your own, Weber Law is ready to help you today.
Contact Weber Law immediately if you’ve been arrested on a domestic violence charge. We offer a free confidential case evaluation – serving Seattle and the surrounding areas.
How can Weber Law help?
It can be scary and nerve wracking to have criminal charges on your record, but it has an added severity when jail time is a penalty. The court system can be intimidating, and without good legal help, the consequences can be devastating. Our experienced team is comfortable looking at evidence, negotiating potential plea agreements, and defending you in court. There are ways to fight the allegation of domestic violence, which include but are not limited self-defense, a misunderstanding, or even being falsely accused. Weber Law will look at all the evidence available to the different aspects you could have been charged with, including but not limited to, speaking to potential witnesses, the circumstances surrounding the allegation, and even your criminal record. Weber Law will work to lower your charge or sentence. We will fight for you to keep your record clean. Domestic violence, no matter the circumstances, is not a charge that you want to fight alone. It can have impacts on where you live, who you can live with, and what types of jobs you can have. Let our team of experienced attorneys help you navigate the criminal justice system. If you or someone you know has been charged with domestic violence in the State of Washington, contact Weber Law for a consultation today.
WA ST § 9A.36.150, Interfering with the reporting of domestic violence
WA ST § 70.123.020, Definitions
WA ST § 10.99.020, Definitions
WA ST § 9A.20.021, Maximum sentences for crimes committed July 1, 1984, and after
WA ST § 9a.36.011, Assault in the first degree
WA ST § 9a.36.021, Assault in the second degree
WA ST § 9a.36.031, Assault in the third degree
WA ST § 9A.36.041. Assault in the fourth degree
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