According to Washington law, domestic violence and fourth degree assault exist when a person physically hits, assaults or harms a person in any manner or creates a fear of immediate physical harm, assault or injury with a person.
Examples of behavior causing fear of immediate physical harm include: controlling or limiting a person’s freedom of movement, stalking someone, destroying property or making verbal threats about hurting someone.
Domestic violence is not limited to parties who are relatives, reside together, or those who have a child or children.
If you are arrested and charged with domestic violence or fourth degree assault, Eagle Law Offices, P.S. can defend you beginning with your first court appearance. Please contact our office at 206.426.6961 so we can explain your options and begin preparing your defense.
Eagle Law Offices, P.S. can also help victims of domestic violence. We can help you file your domestic violence protection orders and provide you legal assistance throughout the process. If you are currently a domestic violence victim, you should seek immediate help from your local domestic violence shelter and/or law enforcement. Shelters provide services like safety planning, temporary shelter from abuse, legal advocacy and counseling. In civil court, a court order may help protect you and your child or children from domestic violence.