Sunday, August 16, 2015
Domestic Violence Accusation Penalties: How a Defense Attorney Helps
Domestic violence is, undoubtedly, a serious issue. The effects extend beyond the victim to every member of the household. It only follows that the law mandates strict guidelines on all aspects of crimes under this category, especially in terms of punishment. The applicable laws vary from state to state. If the domestic violence incident happened in Auburn, the Washington state laws determine the procedures, punishment, etc. In Washington, domestic violence is an encompassing category of crimes. The Washington State Legislature lists the exact crimes that classify as domestic violence when committed by a household or family member against another, such as assault, shooting, reckless endangerment, and unlawful imprisonment. The category is not limited to those listed, though. In any case, these crimes are given levels depending on severity—simple misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, and felony. The penalty depends on what level the crime is grouped into.