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Tacoma Domestic Violence Lawyer

Domestic violence is not a specific crime in Tacoma, Washington, but it can encompass a number of crimes alleged to have been committed against people with whom a domestic relationship exists. If you’ve been charged with domestic violence, you need a skilled Tacoma domestic violence lawyer, Mark Treyz in your corner.

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  1. -After working as a Pierce County Deputy Prosecutor, Mark knows the ins and outs of the Tacoma criminal justice system.
  2. -Mark Treyz has over 30 years of experience trying and negotiating criminal defense cases in Washington.
  3. -The Law Offices of Mark S. Treyz offers flexible payment plans. We believe that people should have access to a skilled defense lawyer without worrying about the expense of one.
  4. -We offer free consultations, schedule one with us today.

Washington Domestic Violence Penalties

The majority of domestic abuse charges in Tacoma are gross misdemeanors. If you are prosecuted for this, you could serve up to 364 days in jail, pay a maximum fine of $5,000, and be on probation for up to 5 years.

If you get convicted of a 4th degree domestic violence assault offense, you have to partake in a 1-year mandatory batterer’s treatment program. It is also very unlikely that you will ever be able to possess a firearm. Here are more civil consequences that can accompany your domestic violence assault charge:

  • Mandatory DNA sample for Federal database
  • Loss or denial of employment
  • Revocation of job-related licenses or certifications
  • Travel restrictions, denial of entry
  • Declined from college and higher education
  • Denial of housing or eviction

If you get convicted of a 2nd degree domestic violence assault, it is punishable by up to 10 years of jail time and a maximum fine of $20,000.

Domestic Violence Laws in Tacoma, WA

Domestic violence cases are unusual when compared to other criminal cases in Washington courts because if police are called—even if a 911 call was hung up—and there is even the slightest cause to believe that some kind of unwanted contact occurred, they are required to make an arrest.

Furthermore, restrictions that amount to penalties are often imposed against the accused, prior to conviction, regardless of the doctrine of innocent until proven guilty. Immediate consequences of simply being accused may include:

      • Removal from the home
      • A no-contact order (even if the alleged victim desires contact)
      • Loss of child custody and visitation
      • Prohibition from possessing or consuming alcohol
      • Prohibition from possessing weapons

Even if the complainant refuses to cooperate with police or to file charges, prosecutors can proceed without the alleged victim’s cooperation. A second charge can be added if the person who commits domestic violence tries to prevent or interfere with the victim making a report against them.

To learn more about the legal process behind domestic abuse arrests, contact a domestic violence attorney in Tacoma.

How to Protect Your Rights After A Domestic Violence Arrest

Domestic violence is an issue that has become highly politicized. It is also one that has a high potential for false allegations. Anyone accused of a crime that has been labeled as “domestic violence” will need the assistance of an experienced domestic violence defense attorney in Tacoma or elsewhere.

The repercussions of being charged or convicted can last for years. Depending on the severity of the accusation the penalty could range from 90 days to 365 days in jail and up to $5000 in fines. In some cases, the charge can result in Class A, B, or C felony. Class A felonies can result in life in prison and up to a $50,000 fine.

Because of the unusual nature of domestic violence charges relative to other criminal charges in Washington, you should carefully follow the guidance of your experienced domestic violence attorney who can advise you on the steps to take to avoid additional charges being filed, as well as what you can do to assist in your own defense.

Mark Treyz is a criminal attorney in Tacoma with over 30 years of experience defending the accused of domestic violence and other criminal charges. As a former prosecutor and pro tem judge, he knows how the system works especially as it applies to domestic violence allegations. He is well aware of the potential for false accusations and unwarranted prosecutions in very minor and clearly isolated cases.

What Needs to Happen For You to Be Charged With Domestic Abuse?

For domestic violence charges to apply, the alleged perpetrator and victim must:

      • Share the same house
      • Be immediate family members
      • Be blood relatives
      • Married or divorced
      • Dating or engaged to be married
      • Engaged in a romantic relationship
      • Have a child together, including step-parents and step-grandparents

Crimes that might be charged as domestic violence include, among others:

      • Assault
      • Harassment
      • Violation of an order of protection
      • Malicious mischief
      • Interfering with reporting of domestic violence
      • Property destruction
      • Intimidation with a weapon
      • Reckless endangerment

The Department of Justice defines domestic violence as a pattern of behavior that is abusive in a relationship and that is used to control your partner. Domestic violence is not limited to physical abuse and sexual abuse, but can also include emotional, economic, and psychological abuse.

If you believe that you have been wrongly accused of any form of domestic violence, immediately seek legal counsel from a Tacoma domestic violence attorney.

Domestic Abuse Facts and Statistics in Washington

On average, close to 20 people are physically abused by a partner in the United States every minute. Both men and woman can be victims, and it is often a learned behavior that develops in a relationship over time.

In 2016, there were a total of 52,159 domestic violence incidents reported in Washington and domestic violence crimes made up 50.2% of all Crimes Against Persons.

Tacoma Domestic Violence Lawyer | A Commitment to Justice

Mark takes his commitment to the defense of the constitutional rights of the accused seriously. He believes that every defendant is innocent until proven guilty, and he is aggressive and complete in his investigation of every case he accepts.

When you are accused of domestic violence, your life is turned upside down, your reputation can suffer, and you may lose rights without even being convicted. The sooner you consult with Tacoma domestic violence attorney Mark S. Treyz, the better position he will be in to prevent pre-trial restrictions, and the greater opportunity he’ll have to investigate the circumstances that led to the accusation, the procedures that the police followed, and other important factors he can use to build a vigorous defense. An early appearance by your lawyer can make an enormous difference in the outcome of your case.

Don’t despair. Although the process may seem unfair and even hopeless at times, that is not the case. Defenses are available and options exist. Mark will not hesitate to do everything within his power to get you through your difficult time.

Call the law offices of Tacoma domestic violence attorney Mark Treyz immediately if you’ve been arrested or are about to be arrested. The initial consultation is free and easy. There are also flexible payment schedules are available.

We also serve those who have been arrested for domestic violence in Puyallup & Lakewood.

“I have had the privilege of having Mark represent me in a couple of life-changing issues. His dedication and knowledge made me feel like I was his only client. Mark is truly a credit to his profession! Thank you, Mark, for all of your expertise and dedication.” – J.S.