Spousal Abuse

Domestic abuse is not something to take lightly. I am a criminal defense attorney who is committed to defending my clients against domestic violence charges, but I am also realistic. If someone really does have issues with anger and violence or has a history of battery, I will be the first one to suggest appropriate treatment to resolve the core issues that have led to the charges.

However, in my 25 years of experience, the usual domestic violence case is not a story of a serial batterer with anger management problems. More often than not charges stem from unfortunate situations in which a couple gets into a fight due to a passionate argument. In some more sinister cases, spousal abuse allegations are used in order to gain the upper hand in a divorce or custody dispute.

What you don't do can and will hurt you if you are being accused of spousal abuse. Failure to fight for your rights can result in a protective order that bars you from entering your home or even seeing your children. Moreover, if you don't attack these allegations early, you'll be put on the defensive and it makes it much more difficult to turn that ugly ship around.

A Local Defense Lawyer Who Knows The System And The Judges

I was born and raised in this part of western Washington and I have practiced my entire career in local courts. This is crucial, as each court has its own specific procedural rules and different judges who apply the substantive legal issues at their discretion. For example, with certain judges, I wouldn't be able to cross-examine accusers in King County Superior Court, while other judges would allow that. It is critical to have a lawyer who knows which judges will allow it and which judges won't.

As an accused, you are allowed one chance to affidavit a judge and get another one, and I have the experience and wisdom to know when to spend that one time bullet and when not to.

No matter the parameters I need to work in, I will seek all avenues for building your strongest case and focus on minimizing your exposure to the harsh consequences of domestic violence charges.

Accused Of Domestic Abuse? Now Is The Time To Take Action.

A domestic violence charge does not have to ruin the rest of your life. I will handle every aspect of your case so you can focus on getting your life back in order. Contact my Bellevue office today to arrange a no-cost assessment of your rights and options.