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Information About Your Seattle DV Charges

If you have been arrested for a domestic violence offense in Washington, you probably have a lot of questions about your future. Domestic violence charges can be very serious and can result in long term consequences. For your convenience, we have compiled some helpful information below. Please keep in mind, that this is all general information. To find out how the law applies to your specific case, contact a Seattle domestic violence defense lawyer.

What is Domestic Violence?

In Washington, the law defines domestic violence as a crime that involves sexual assault, physical violence or the threat of violence or stalking that occurs between family or household members. A family member can include anyone from grandparent to domestic partner to child. It also can include two people who are in a “dating relationship” depending on certain factors. Anyone accused of a domestic violence crime will subject to the penalties appointed to the crime itself as well as additional penalties like a fine and a no-contact order because the crime is associated with domestic violence.

No Contact Orders: When a party is accused of a domestic violence crime, a no contact order will often be issued as well. This order prevents the suspect from contacting or going near the alleged victim. This can be a problem for many as it means they will not be able to return to their home.

Defense Options: Regardless of the type of domestic violence charge a person faces, they always have defense options. An experienced attorney can work with them to build a strong defense.

Penalties: There are many penalties that a person convicted of domestic violence in Washington may face. Depending on the crime, an offense can result in years of jail time and steep fines.

The Legal Process: It can be helpful to an individual facing a criminal charge to understand the legal process and know what to expect.

Seattle Criminal Courts

Domestic violence cases are handled in Superior Court in Seattle. There are 2 branches of Superior Court in King County as well as a juvenile court. For more information about these courts, see their website: King County Superior Court

King County Courthouse

Street Address:
516 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

Mailing Address:
King County Superior Court
516 Third Avenue, Room C-203
Seattle, WA 98104

Days and Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm

Maleng Regional Justice Center

Street Address:
401 Fourth Avenue
Kent, WA 98032

Mailing Address:
King County Superior Court
401 Fourth Avenue North, Room 2D
Kent, WA 98032

Days and Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm
(Reception & mailroom closed noon to 1:00pm)

Call a Domestic Violence Attorney

If you have been arrested for a domestic violence related offense in Seattle, contact The Law Offices of Steve Karimi. Attorney Karimi is a former prosecutor who will help you fight your charges and stand up for your rights. Call now to set up a free consultation.

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Attorney Steve Karimi is a former prosecutor who can use his knowledge and experience to defend you. He has a proven record of successfully defending domestic violence clients. When it comes to your future, make sure you have the best legal representation in town.