Respected Trial Advocacy for Washington State Residents Charged with Domestic Violence
Seattle firm supports defendants’ rights in domestic violence cases
Of all criminal matters, domestic violence issues are some of the most emotionally charged. Often they turn on issues of trust, or credibility, when there’s a he-said, she-said situation. A sympathetic witness can make a case, and an inconsistent one may break it. If you face domestic violence charges, you risk your future unless you obtain outstanding representation that can persuade a jury of the truth of your side of the story. For over 40 years, Peale Law Firm Inc. in Seattle, has used our exceptional courtroom acumen and broad legal knowledge to defend Washington residents charged with major crimes, including domestic violence.
Litigating even the most challenging domestic violence cases
Domestic violence is not a distinct crime in the state of Washington. Instead, domestic violence is when a family or household member commits one of over 20 crimes against another family member. These include:
- Criminal trespass
- Violation of a restraining or no-contact order
If a defendant is found guilty of these or other crimes, the charge may carry additional penalties or restrictions because the victim was a family member. The best way to preserve your rights is to contact a firm knowledgeable about domestic violence law like Peale Law Firm Inc., and get trusted advice about how your case can best proceed to protect your future.
Washington lawyers stand up for rights of the accused at trial
Criminal defendants have certain rights by law, such as the right to confront their accusers and the right to a jury trial. Defendants charged with domestic violence must put their rights to work; making sure that the testimony at trial supports their case and getting the sympathy and trust of the court when they present their own evidence. Our principal attorney, Walter Peale, is an exceptional litigator with deep understanding of criminal law and courtroom dynamics, and has a reputation for powerful and persuasive criminal defense.
Understanding Washington law on domestic violence and firearms
If you are convicted of a domestic violence crime or a restraining order is issued against you, it is a felony in Washington State to own a gun. You will be legally required to surrender any you own to the authorities, and attempting to purchase a new one or to obtain a concealed carry license is also a felony. Family members may request to be notified when a firearm is returned to someone from whom it was taken due to domestic violence allegations. However, exceptions may be made for cases where the crime was considered minor and the defendant received only probation, so skillful representation like that of the attorneys at Peale Law Firm Inc. is needed to preserve your Second Amendment rights.
Contact a Seattle lawyer for a free consultation about your domestic violence matter.
If you are facing domestic violence charges, Peale Law Firm Inc. in Seattle, Washington, can give you the legal guidance you need. Call us at 206-906-9112 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.