While assault, battery and threats of violence are already illegal in King County, Washington, the penalties and collateral consequences are more serious when the crime occurs between two people related by blood or marriage or who were previously in a romantic relationship.
The designation of a domestic relationship is usually defined to include a boyfriend and girlfriend, a husband and wife, gay or lesbian couples, a mother and father who have a child in common, or family members closely related by blood or marriage (particularly parents, children and siblings).
Many domestic violence cases also involve filing for a petition for protection (often called a "restraining order" or "injunction") against domestic violence.
Criminal charges can follow an allegation of a violation of an injunction for domestic violence. Related charges include stalking, cyberstalking and harassment.
Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
WACDL works to improve the quality and administration of criminal justice in the state of Washington while assisting and educating criminal defense attorneys.
King County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service - For more than 50 years, the King County Bar Association has managed a Lawyer Referral Service from its offices in Seattle, Washington. Each year the Lawyer Referral Service makes over 6.000 attorney referrals. More than 350 local attorneys participate in the program with 35 different subject matter panels. A $10 processing fee is required for Personal Injury, Worker's Compensation, and Criminal Defense cases. A $45 processing fee is required for other practice areas of the law. After the referral, you can contact the attorney for a 30 minute consultation at no additional charge.