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Seattle Domestic Violence Unlawful Imprisonment

Domestic Violence and Unlawful Imprisonment in Seattle

There are a lot of criminal offenses that can result in a domestic violence charge. Under Washington law, many crimes can be considered domestic violence if they involve people who share a family or close relationship. This can include spouses, parents and children, grandparents, siblings, people in a dating relationship, domestic partners and anyone who shares a blood or marital relationship.

One offense that can be considered domestic violence includes false or unlawful imprisonment. This charge is considered a felony and can result in steep penalties. If you are facing charges for unlawful imprisonment in Seattle, call The Law Offices of Steve Karimi today to help you build a strong defense.

Washington Domestic Violence False Imprisonment Law

False imprisonment is defined under RCW 9A.40.040 (1) as the following:

A person is guilty of unlawful imprisonment if he or she knowingly restrains another person.

A domestic violence unlawful imprisonment crime can occur in several ways. This does not have to be kidnapping but can involve holding another person against their will by means of force, coercion, violence, or even the threat of violence. No actual violence needs to be proven to allege false imprisonment took place. Similarly, there is no time limit to the amount of time that the imprisonment needs to have taken place.

The penalties for this crime are quite severe, so it is important to hire a defense lawyer who is experienced in domestic violence.  Unlawful imprisonment is considered a Class C felony. Under Washington law, RCW 9a.20.021 (c), is punishable by up to 5 years in a state prison or by a fine of up to $10,000 or by a combination of the two sentences.  In addition, a felony conviction will have long term effects that will make it illegal for you to own a firearm, hard to find housing and may affect your ability to find a job. The best way to avoid these negative penalties is to fight your charges with the aid of an experienced defense lawyer.

Unlawful Imprisonment Domestic Violence Lawyer

If you are facing charges for domestic violence and unlawful imprisonment in Washington, it is vital. that you call a defense attorney right away. A domestic violence charge can be confusing because police can charge you with a crime even if the alleged victim does not want to press charges. Attorney Steve Karimi can help you build a strong defense and get the best possible results.


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If you have been charged with a domestic violence related crime in Seattle, call The Law Offices of Steve Karimi right now. You will speak to a Seattle criminal attorney who cares about your case and wants to help you get great results. Call us at 206-660-6200 or complete the form in the sidebar.

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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.