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Domestic Violence

Washington Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys

What sets us apart:

Experience:

  • 1000+ cases resolved.
  • 50+ jury trials.
  • 30+ years combined experience.

Recognition:

  • Super Lawyer recipients – both lawyers.
  • 10/10 AVVO rating – both lawyers.
  • Extensive teaching, writing & legislative experience.

 

Satisfied clients:

 

Quality results:

Domestic Violence (DV) Crimes

As you may have already discovered, accusations of Washington domestic violence (DV) crimes are taken very seriously by law enforcement, prosecutors, and the courts. In addition to potential jail time and fines, a conviction for a domestic violence related crime (even what may seem like a "minor" incident) will have serious long term consequences.

We understand after you have been arrested for a Washington State DV related crime you may have feelings of despair, hopelessness, and even anger.  Your life may be seriously disrupted due to an arrest or a domestic violence no contact order and you may feel overwhelmed by the charges you are facing.  We are here to tell you that there is hope that your charge will be successfully resolved and even more importantly, that you will make it through this period.

Know Your Options. Learn What You Can Do Now:

We would like to help you fight your Washington State domestic violence case, such as assault, malicious mischief, harassment, violation of a no contact order, or any other DV related case.

We have designed this web site to try and answer questions you may have about a Washington DV charge you are facing.  We did this because we know that knowledge is power and the more information you have, the better able you will be to make good decisions regarding your Washington DV case.  This web site is a great place to start, but we would be happy to meet with you and discuss the specific details of your Washington DV case.

Please call us at 206-467-2607 to schedule an appointment to meet and discuss your case.  We can talk about what happened, what you are facing, and what options you have in going forward.  Defending people accused of Washington domestic violence related cases is what we do – day in and day out, every day, every year. We have been doing it, collectively, for over three decades. We are passionate about our work and helping our clients and will be doing it for years to come. We have helped hundreds of people who, like you, have been accused of domestic violence in a Washington court.  We are proud of the great results we obtain for our clients, with many people having their Washington domestic violence cases dismissed, reduced to a lesser charge, or found not guilty after a trial. 
Here is how we do it:

Free Initial Consultation:

We meet with you in our office, for free and for as long as it takes to fully discuss the details of your DV case. We prefer to do this initial consultation in person (not over the phone) because this is the best way to hear about your case and give you legal advice. There is simply no substitute for a face to face meeting.  This also gives you the best opportunity to meet us and get a sense of who we are and how we practice.

What to expect during our first meeting:
  • We will talk with you about what happened and why you are facing a Washington State DV charge;
  • We will explain any potential issues that we see in the case that may make it difficult for the government to prosecute you on your Washington DV case;
  • We will describe Washington State DV laws, as well as the Washington State criminal procedure that you will be facing over the next few months;
  • We can also outline different options you may have in your Washington State DV case; and,
  • We will provide you with a "game plan" in the form of a list of things to do to help you resolve your Washington State domestic violence case in the best possible manner.
  • We will also discuss what our fees would be to represent you on the case.

Our Job:

If you decide that one of us is a good fit to work with you on your Washington domestic violence case, then we will begin working hard to get a favorable result for you.   It is always your choice who you work with, and we promise not to hard sell you.  It is important to us that we are a good fit and that you feel confident that we are the right lawyers for your domestic violence charge.

Please note, if you want fist pounding, shouting and screaming lawyers, we are not for you – that is not our style. We have found that we get the best results and most respect from prosecutors and judges by being ourselves - professional, prepared, honest and hardworking.

While we represent people all over Washington state on DV cases, most of our cases are in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties.

Representation includes:
  • Attending all court hearings with you;
  • Answering all your phone calls, emails and questions promptly (our goal is to always respond within 24 hours, but we are usually able to respond immediately);
  • Investigating your case and reviewing the accusations, witness statements, and law enforcement's arrest report with you;
  • Advising you of your options for your domestic violence charges throughout the process;
  • Aggressively fighting your case – this means negotiating with the prosecutor, filing legal motions, representing you in court and doing whatever it takes to get you the best deal possible for your case. ; and
  • Being there to “hold your hand” throughout the entire process – beginning to end, in court, in the office, and over the phone.

Our Commitment to You:

We strive to be a firm of integrity. Here are our goals:

  • Honesty
  • Direct and no-nonsense
  • Hard-working
  • Organized
  • Professional
  • Excellent at what we do
  • Provide top-notch customer service
  • Respected by judges, prosecutors and other lawyers

Based upon feedback from our clients, it appears that we are living up to these goals and are committed to doing so in the future.

Our Background and Accomplishments:

We all feel fortunate that other people have recognized us for being good at what we do. Here is some information about our backgrounds and accomplishments:

Geoffrey Burg:
  • I have had great success in helping people accused of crimes.
  • My rate of having people found not guilty at trial is higher than the state average.
  • In addition, I pride myself (and gauge how well I am doing) by the number of thank you notes I receive from my clients. I feel proud in saying that I regularly receive these.
  • I have been recognized as a "Super Lawyer" by my peers in Washington Law and Politics Magazine.
  • I am actively involved with the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  Through WACDL I  have written, lobbied for and passed three laws that help people accused of crimes in Washington State.
  • In 2001 I graduated from Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College - an intensive training program where we learned trial skills from some of the best litigators in the country.
Patricia Fulton:
  • I have always devoted 100% my practice to defending clients accused of crimes and can't imagine practicing any other kind of law.
  • I am regularly recognized by my peers as a thoughtful and articulate advocate.  Early in my practice I was consistently named a "Rising Star" by Washington Law and Politics Magazine and have also earned their recognition as a "Super Lawyer."
  • As co-chair of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers legislative committee, I have had the opportunity to write and lobby for law changes that help my clients.
  • I am regularly requested by various criminal defense organizations to teach continuing legal education classes to other lawyers and to publish articles on various criminal defense topics.
  • In 2002, I attended Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College for three intensive weeks of trial skills training from some of the best trial lawyers in the entire country.
Lina Tilman:

As our paralegal, Lina helps us stay organized and on time.  She is the person who greets you on the phone and helps with many of the details of your case.  While we try and speak to you in person when you call, if we are in court, Lina is the one who will make sure your questions are answered.

Lina graduated from Yale with her undergraduate degree in Ethics, Politics & Economics.  After her undergraduate work she moved to Washington D.C. where she worked for the federal government.  She enrolled in Stanford Law School for one year before transferring to Harvard Law School, where she obtained her law degree.  Lina then worked as an associate for two large law firms in New York City.  After her civil experience, she decided that corporate law was not for her and decided she wanted to work with people, not corporations.  While licensed to practice law in New York, she now helps our clients navigate the Washington state legal system as our paralegal.  In her spare time Lina enjoys painting.

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