Domestic violence is a difficult and emotional issue. The law responds to the unique circumstances of domestic abuse accusations with unique procedures.
If you are a victim of domestic violence or have been accused of domestic abuse, I can help you protect yourself. In either case, you have no time to waste.
Representing You at the Hearing
In Washington, a person who alleges domestic violence can seek an order for temporary relief from abuse. This is a restraining order that makes it a crime for the alleged abuser to approach the alleged victim or that person's home. The temporary order, once issued, is usually effective for a few weeks.
Before the temporary order expires, the alleged victim can seek a final protection order. This order can be effective for a year or more; most commonly, it is made effective for one year and can then be renewed if needed.
A protection order hearing is an extremely serious matter. Unique legal standards apply, and you need an attorney who understands how to make sure your side of the story is told.
I can represent people making accusations of domestic violence and people responding to those allegations. In each case, I vigorously represent my client and his or her interests.
If you are suffering from domestic abuse, or if you are at risk of being kicked out of your home because of accusations that have been made against you, contact me to get an experienced Lynnwood domestic violence lawyer on your side.
The existence of a domestic violence order can have a major impact on custody & visitation, and can also affect on's employment and the right to bear arms.