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Seattle Domestic Violence Frequently Asked Questions

Washington Domestic Violence FAQs

If you have been arrested in Seattle and are facing charges for a domestic violence related offense, you likely have many questions. For your convenience, we have put together answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about domestic violence in Washington. Please keep in mind that this information is just an overview and may not apply directly to your case. For the most accurate information relating to your particular circumstances, call our office and set up a free consultation today!

If the alleged victim in my case does not want to press charges, will the case be dropped?

No. In domestic violence cases, the alleged victim does not have to corporate in order for charges to be filed. When police respond to a scene where they believe domestic violence has taken place, they will put that information in the police report. If the prosecution wants to press charges based on the evidence witnessed by the police and others, they are free to do that. The victim will likely be asked to testify in your trial, but they do not have to be in favor of pressing charges. It is important to remember that charges can arise even in cases where the victim insists that no violence took place if police or other witnesses believe otherwise.

Does a no-contact order really prevent me from entering my own home?

Yes. If the person or persons in the order are family or roommates and the order prohibits you from entering their home; you will not be allowed to do so even if you are the home owner. These orders can even result in parents being unable to see their children unless properly supervised. A domestic violence defense lawyer can help you further understand the ramifications of a no-contact order as well as the penalties if that order is violated.

Will I have to serve time in jail for a domestic violence conviction?

Maybe. If you are convicted of a domestic violence offense in Washington, you may likely have to serve time in jail or prison. There are a lot of factors that determine how much time you will serve such as the seriousness of the crime, your criminal history and more. Ultimately, it will be up to the judge to grant a sentence. Maximum jail sentences can range from 90 days for a misdemeanor to 5 years for a Class C felony and even life for a Class A felony! The best way to avoid serving jail time is to fight your charges with the aid of an experienced domestic violence defense lawyer.

How can I be charged with domestic violence if I never hurt anyone?

In Washington there are many acts that can lead to a domestic violence charge. Not all of these acts involve physical violence however. Offenses such as malicious mischief involve causing property damage but no physical violence are still considered domestic violence when they involve people whom share a close relationship such as family members, couples in a dating relationship of ex-spouses. Even though no one was injured in these situations, these charges should still be taken seriously and a defense attorney should be contacted right away.

What if my case comes down to “he says” vs “she says”?

In many domestic violence cases it does come down to one person's word against the others'. Sometimes physical evidence found at the scene or witness testimony can be used, but other times no such evidence exists. In these situations, your case may still go to trial and it is vital that you have an experienced defense attorney by your side to help you fight the accusations against you. Attorney Steve Karimi has a deep understanding of the law and knows the best ways to build your defense, even when there is little evidence involved.

What can an experienced domestic violence lawyer do for me?

Domestic violence charges are very serious and can lead to a multitude of penalties such as steep fines, no contact orders, jail time and more. In order to take control of your situation, it is important to hire an attorney who understands your case and how to best help you. Attorney Karimi is a former prosecutor. He has an insider's understanding of the domestic violence legal system and can help you build a strong defense and make informed decisions regarding your case.

The Law Offices of Steve Karimi will ensure that you are kept up to date on the status of your case as well as make sure all your questions are answered. Additionally, attorney Karimi will work to get you a plea agreement offer or to have your charges dismissed. To find out more about what attorney Karimi can do for your Seattle domestic violence case, call our office today.


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Named a "rising star" in criminal defense by Washington Law and Politics magazine, Mr. Karimi is a former prosecutor for King County who uses his insight into prosecution strategies to protect his clients' rights in criminal court.