Resolving Domestic Violence Charges

Law enforcement and prosecutors vigorously prosecute domestic violence charges. Not only could you face jail time and fines, there could also be collateral consequences. With a no-contact order, you could be kept from going home or seeing your family. A conviction, even a diversion or stay of proceedings, could affect your ability to get a job, cause you to lose a professional license, and the right to own a firearm.

At Marsh, Higgins, Beaty & Hatch, P.C., we understand how much is at stake. We will work to protect your rights and your reputation throughout your case. For more than 30 years, we have provided clients with aggressive defense to domestic violence charges. Contact our Vancouver domestic violence attorneys for a same-day consultation to discuss your defense.

What Have You Been Charged With?

Domestic violence is not limited to situations involving a husband and wife. It can include people who are living in the same household such as children, extended family, or roommates. It can also include situations where people do not live together, such as boyfriends, girlfriends or same-sex partners. Regardless of the specifics of your situation, an accusation for domestic violence could result in two court processes: a criminal case and a civil case.

In the criminal case, we can defend you from a wide range of domestic violence-related crimes, including:

  • Assault
  • Harassment
  • Malicious mischief
  • Trespass
  • Stalking
  • Interference with reporting domestic violence
  • Violation of a no-contact order or restraining order
  • Unlawful imprisonment
  • Reckless endangerment

The judge could also issue a no-contact order as part of your criminal case. In the civil case, you face a restraining order, sometimes referred to as an order of protection or anti-harassment order.

You have a lot to lose in this complex process. We can help you weigh your options, seek alternative dispositions such as diversion or stay of prosecution, and aggressively protect your rights.

How Will This Affect My Divorce Or Custody Dispute?

If you are going through a divorce or custody dispute, accusations of domestic violence could impact your family law case. As skilled family law attorneys and criminal defense lawyers, we can provide you with a complete defense to your charges in criminal court and family court.

Do You Need A Restraining Order?

In appropriate cases, we represent clients seeking civil protection against domestic violence and abuse by a spouse or partner. We can represent you in court to obtain a protection or restraining order so you don't have to face your abuser alone in court. Our attorneys can advise you on how to get the court to grant your request.

Get The Advocacy You Need

Give us a call today to discuss your specific case. Call 360-450-0993 or 866-678-1372. Or, if you prefer, complete our online form.