Coercion Law in Seattle
Domestic violenceDomestic violence is a serious offense. Domestic violence charges do not just result in physical harm only. Threats or actions that place people in danger or cause them to take actions that they are not comfortable with are also considered crimes. When these offenses take place between people who share an intimate relationship, they can be classified as domestic violence offenses and charged for DV as well as the original crime. One of these charges is for coercion.
Under RCW 9A.36.070, coercion charges are considered to be gross misdemeanors. Misdemeanor offenses are not as serious as felonies but can still result in significant fines and jail time. The maximum penalties in Washington for a gross misdemeanor are one year in jail and a $5,000 fine. What your sentence will ultimately be will depend on your past criminal record and sometimes even your driving record. Coercion charges can be linked to domestic violence and also result in domestic violence charges and no contact orders being placed that prevent you from contacting your accuser in any way. A violation of this order is a felony offense. The best way to avoid the penalties of a domestic violence charge is to avoid conviction, usually with the aid of an experienced legal team.
Seattle Coercion Charges
Coercion is a crime that can be applied to many events. It can be difficult for some people to understand just what exactly it means. It basically means to fore someone to do something through threats of violence, property damage or similar acts. Washington law RCW 9A.36.070 states that coercion is:
(1) A person is guilty of coercion if by use of a threat he or she compels or induces a person to engage in conduct which the latter has a legal right to abstain from, or to abstain from conduct which he or she has a legal right to engage in.
(2) "Threat" as used in this section means:
(a) To communicate, directly or indirectly, the intent immediately to use force against any person who is present at the time; or
(b) Threats as defined in *RCW 9A.04.110:
(a) To cause bodily injury in the future to the person threatened or to any other person; or
(b) To cause physical damage to the property of a person other than the actor; or
(c) To subject the person threatened or any other person to physical confinement or restraint;
Coercion charges can often occur by accident. In fact, intent to harm is not a qualification for this offense and no one actually has to become injured in order for the charge to stick. Coercion occurs from the performance of the act itself, not the results. If another person takes your words or actions to be threatening and feels that they must perform an act or face harm, this may be considered coercion. When the relationship between you and the alleged victim is an intimate one such as a spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, child or parent, it can be ruled as a domestic violence charge as well. If is important to contact an experienced attorney is you are facing coercion domestic violence charges.
If you are accused of a domestic violence dispute that did not lead to any physical violence, you could face coercion charges. Coercion can occur if the victim feels that they will be harmed if they report physical assault or other domestic violence. Child custody and sexual acts can also be actions where a victim can allege that they were coerced into..
Coercion Defenses in Seattle
If you have been arrested for a domestic violence coercion charge in Washington, call our office right away. We are ready to help you in your fight. The better defense team that you have, the more likely you are to have the prosecution offer you a plea bargain or dismiss your charges. When the prosecution does not think that they have a good chance of winning a case in court, they will offer you a deal in order to avoid trial and get the process over with. Even in cases where you are found ‘guilty' attorney Karimi has gotten his clients reduced or suspended sentences.
Attorney Steve Karimi is a former prosecutor. He uses these skills and his deep understanding of Washington domestic violence law to help clients just like you get the defense that they need. There is a stigma against people who are accused of domestic violence crimes but that does not mean that they do not deserve quality legal representation. We understand that just because you are arrested for a crime, it does not mean that you are guilty. We listen to you and work to help you through the process. You will never be treated like a criminal and our firm will be dedicated to helping you.