Domestic Violence (DV) Crimes
Give Us A Call: 206-467-2607
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.
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.
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.
- 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:
- Direct and no-nonsense
- 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:
* 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 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.
* “Rising Star” recipient recognized by peers in Washington Law & Politics Magazine.
* "Superb Lawyer" and 10 out of 10 rating on Avvo.
* Awarded "Champion of Justice Award" by the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
* Quoted in CBS News published article regarding work on Draeger Alcotest 9510 breath test machine.
* I am regularly asked to train other lawyers.
* I have worked hard to develop a reputation as a zealous advocate for my clients. I maintain professional and civil working relationships with prosecutors which helps me immensely in negotiations. However, prosecutors know my reputation as a creative and aggressive litigator when my client does not get an acceptable offer.
* I am the current legislative liaison for the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. For the past four legislative sessions, I have represented the rights of those accused of impaired driving during the legislative process. The laws regarding impaired driving are constantly changing so I am on the cutting edges since I am typically present when the law originates.
* I am on the board for the Citizens of Judicial Excellence, a political action committee, which supports candidates which are fair, smart, and respectful to our clients, and oppose those who do not have these qualities.
As our paralegal, Ana 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, Ana is the one who will make sure your questions are answered.
Ana has a masters from Central Washington University in Criminal Justice.