Domestic violence is a serious matter that is often involved in divorce cases. Whether you are in need of protection or have been wrongfully accused of domestic violence, an attorney will be critical in protecting your rights. If you are facing this type of sensitive and potentially dangerous situation, you can turn to Cohen Family Law, LLC for legal guidance and protection. Contact us online or at (360) 953-5000 for a free case evaluation to see how we can help.
A family law attorney familiar with domestic violence cases can explain your legal options unique to your situation and help you navigate the necessary legal processes. From restraining orders to emergency custody orders, you will have someone on your side ensuring that everything in their power is done to keep you and your children safe. An attorney will also handle gathering necessary evidence, interviewing involved parties, and documenting all instances of violence. If you are or will be going through a divorce or child custody battle, then incidents of domestic violence can be presented by your attorney during future court proceedings.
On the other hand, if you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, your relationship with a significant other and any children can drastically change. Your ability to find work in certain fields may also be impacted, and you may face severe legal consequences. You will need a skilled and trusted attorney to uncover crucial evidence that proves your innocence or that you acted in self-defense.
Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior, whether physical or psychological, that occurs between family members, including people who are or were married, engaged, or living together, or who are related by blood, adoption, marriage, or have had a child together. Domestic violence can include harassing telephone calls, threats, stalking, emotional abuse, monitoring, controlling the finances, physical and sexual assault, and other threatening forms of control and dominance. Claims of domestic violence in Washington State can be handled in Criminal Court, Family Court, or both.
Orders of protection, also known as a restraining orders, can be obtained by victims of or those who feel threatened by domestic violence. Victims can file for a temporary order for protection, and a judge will hold a hearing without the accused party present. If the judge grants the temporary order, it will last for up to 14 days until a court hearing is held where both parties can present their sides of the story, evidence, witnesses, etc. The court will then decide if a final order for protection should be issued, which can last for up to one year before it must be renewed.
Orders of protection prohibit the accused from having contact with the victim and sometimes their children. If the accused person purposely violates a protection order, they will be arrested and will possibly face criminal charges.
If you are accused of domestic violence, an allegation does not necessarily equal proof. However, fighting a protection order will require the help of an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible. They can assist you with gathering evidence that will support your case and may protect you against being denied visitation with your children or even jail time and fines.
We understand the delicate nature of domestic violence cases, and our Clark County domestic violence attorneys are here to provide you with the compassionate and aggressive representation you need. Call (360) 953-5000 or send us a message online to schedule your free consultation today.