A charge of domestic assault can be used by anyone to get a member of the household thrown in jail—your spouse or roommate just needs to scratch his or her face, dial 911, and cry. A false charge of simple assault DV (domestic violence) can have a devastating effect on your life. If you have been accused of assault or harassment, contact an attorney at the first opportunity and take measures to protect your rights.
Our clients come from all over Washington state, from Renton to Snoqualmie, Bainbridge Island to Mount Vernon and repeatedly tell us that our attorneys' practical and direct approach helped them get through criminal justice proceedings with dignity.
An accusation of a push, a slap, reaching to stop a person leaving a room—and criminal charges can be filed. Assault means intentional touching that is offensive, is done with unlawful force, or is intended to create fear of bodily injury. Domestic assault (simple assault DV) refers to an assault committed against another member of your household or family. It covers actions ranging from a push to spousal rape.
In Washington, harassment includes any threat to cause bodily injury, to cause physical damage to property, to restrain or confine another person, or to perform any act intended to substantially harm another person mentally or physically. If you have a previous conviction for harassment or the threat is to kill a person, harassment may be charged as a Class C Felony. Stalking is a closely related charge.
Courts in Washington State, including municipal courts in Seattle and Tacoma, are very cautious about dismissing charges of harassment. Our attorneys assemble evidence, including assessments by treatment agencies and, in some cases, alleged victims, to present a strong case on our client's behalf.
Whether you were falsely accused of domestic harassment or made a mistake in your choice of words or actions, invest in the services of the right lawyer and give yourself a chance at the best possible outcome. Call Toll Free 866.529.2345.