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What Does It Mean to Be Charged with DV?

What Does It Mean to Be Charged with Domestic Violence?

According to Washington State law, domestic violence crimes are primarily defined by the relationship between the associated parties. Domestic violence crimes are those committed by one family or household member against another, or by one intimate partner against another. There are statutes that define these relationships, and if your relationship is not identified in those statutes, the criminal charges cannot be defined as domestic violence. While a dating relationship is easily defined as a social relationship of a romantic nature, the definition of a family or household member is more extensive.

Domestic Violence Charges Should Always Be Taken Seriously

Domestic violence charges are incredibly serious and carry long-term consequences that can affect all areas of your life and future. Consequences can include:

  • Probation
  • No-contact orders
  • Limitations on rights to residential custody and visitation with children
  • Housing consequences
  • Restrictions on volunteering at your child's school or coaching a youth sports team
  • Mandatory arrest provisions
  • Prohibitions against firearm possession
  • Court-ordered treatment
  • Travel restrictions
  • Enhanced penalties

Because of the serious nature of these charges, it is vital that you seek legal representation. Attorney Sheri Pewitt is not only qualified to handle cases of this nature, she also offers a free consultation to discuss your situation with you. She can help you understand what you are up against and what measures can be taken to protect your interests.

Going Beyond the Case

Taking into account the considerable impact a domestic violence accusation and/or conviction may have on you and your family, the Pewitt Law approach goes beyond the case. Ms. Pewitt believes it is important to consider her client's life and how it will be affected. She believes that we should not be defined by the worst thing we've ever done or the worst thing we've ever been wrongfully accused of doing. Through ethical, competent, and courageous counsel, she fights for those who have been accused of domestic violence in Seattle and surrounding communities in Washington State.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.