Everett Domestic Violence

Dedicated Legal Guidance For Criminal Defendants Near Everett

Perched on the Port Gardner Peninsula, Everett is the county seat of Snohomish County and the seventh-largest city in Washington. It hosts a commercial seaport and a marina with more than 2,000 ships. Everett is also home to the largest building in the world by volume. In 2003, Comcast Arena started hosting events such as hockey games and trade shows, which made the area a tourist attraction. Like cities around the country, domestic violence can be a problem for residents of Everett. If you have been charged with this crime, a capable criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Timothy L. Healy can help you tell your side of the story.

Domestic Violence Carries Serious Penalties

Domestic violence is a designation that is applied to many different types of crimes, including rape, assault, malicious mischief, stalking, and harassment. The classification is used when a family or household relationship exists between the perpetrator and the victim. Being charged with a crime that carries a domestic violence designation can result in jail time, heavy fines, court-mandated treatment at your own expense, and revocation of the right to possess firearms unless the court reinstates it.

For many criminal defendants, the court will impose a no contact order even before the individual is tried or convicted. This means that the defendant may not be able to see the victim or his or her children, even in situations where he or she admits there was no domestic violence or wants to be able to have contact. For many alleged victims, this is an unanticipated consequence of calling the police to report their partners. Failure to abide by a no contact order, even if you did not commit the underlying offense, is itself a crime that can be punished with jail time.

Although domestic violence is most often associated with physical assault between married spouses, property damage can also be the subject of a domestic violence proceeding. For example, you can be charged with malicious mischief under a domestic violence designation if the prosecutor believes you knowingly and maliciously caused physical damage to your former live-in girlfriend's property.

There are three degrees of malicious mischief. RCW 9A.48.070 covers malicious mischief in the first degree, which is a class B felony that involves property damage in excess of $5,000. If convicted, you can be punished by a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Second-degree malicious mischief is a class C felony that involves damage to property worth between $750 and $5,000. If convicted, you can be punished by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Finally, malicious mischief in the third degree is a gross misdemeanor involving property damage to property worth $750 or less. At most, you may be penalized with a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Enlist a Skilled Everett Attorney to Fight Your Charges

The domestic violence laws in Washington deserve to be taken very seriously. Still, in spite of the positive intentions behind the law, good people and individuals with no prior criminal record can become entangled in a highly punitive system and get saddled with the stigma that accompanies charges and convictions. Confronting a domestic violence prosecution in Everett requires a lawyer like Timothy L. Healy who is experienced in developing legal strategies and firmly advocating for the rights of his clients. For a free and confidential consultation, call (253) 201-0406 or contact us via our online form. Our phone is answered 24/7.