Domestic Violence


Washington Domestic Violence Attorney Michael Harbeson Can Help!

Over the past couple of years, domestic violence has begun to get the widespread attention it deserves. We as a society are less and less tolerant of violence in the home. Domestic violence is a serious crime against society and for this reason, it is the intent of the legislature that criminal laws be enforced without regard to whether the persons involved are or were married, cohabiting, or involved in a relationship.

Washington State criminal penalties for domestic violence related crimes are divided into two general categories: (Misdemeanor or Gross Misdemeanor) and Felonies.

  • Misdemeanor crimes are filed in District and Municipal court
  • Felony crimes are filed in Superior court

What is Domestic Violence ?

In Washington, a person who commits a violent or threatening crime such as rape, stalking, trespass, or burglary against someone in his or her family or household has committed domestic violence. Assault and reckless endangerment between family and household members is also considered domestic violence.

Family and household members include:

  • Spouses and former spouses
  • Domestic partners and former domestic partners
  • People who have children together
  • Adults related by blood or marriage
  • Adults who live together or who have lived together
  • People over the age of 16 who live together or who have lived together and who are or were romantically involved
  • People over the age of 16 who are dating
  • Parents and children (including stepparents and stepchildren)
  • Grandparents and grandchildren.

Regardless of the degree charged the goal remains the same. We will help you avoid the conviction for the criminal charge, but perhaps more importantly, keep you out of jail.


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