Legal Representation For Everett Residents Facing Charges
Located 25 miles north of Seattle, Everett is the largest city in Snohomish County, the seventh-largest city in the state,and the county seat. Everett’s early economy was linked to lumber, but technology, aerospace, and service-based industries now dominate the city. The top employer is Boeing. The Comcast Arena started to bring tourists to the city in 2003. Like other cities around the country, Everett experiences crime. However, not all criminal charges are accurate, and the circumstances behind an arrest can be complex. If you are accused of a sex crime or domestic violence in Everett, you should retain experienced criminal defense attorneys from Vindicate Criminal Law Group to build a strong defense and negotiate with the prosecution on your behalf.
Sex Offenses and Domestic Violence in Washington
Sex crimes and domestic violence are particularly sensitive charges that can have ripple effects well into the future, even beyond any time that you serve. It is important to mount a strong defense against these accusations to avoid the potential impacts on your work and family life. Sex crimes in the State of Washington are enumerated in Washington Revised Code Chapter 9a.44. They include rape, child molestation, sexual misconduct with a minor, voyeurism, custodial sexual misconduct, and criminal trespass against children. Adults or juvenile residents of Everett who have been found guilty of a sex crime must register with the county sheriff for Snohomish County. The sex offender database is available to the public, including potential employers, so it can have a serious adverse effect on an individual’s ability to secure a job and housing.
A domestic violence designation can complicate a criminal case. Under RCW 10.99.020(3), this classification attaches to crimes against family or household members. A family or household relationship includes the bonds between spouses, former spouses, those with children in common, adults related by marriage or blood, adults who are currently living together or who lived together previously, and anyone who is 16 or older who are living together or who have lived together in the past and have had a dating relationship.
Under RCW 26.50.010(3), domestic violence includes any physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or threats of these events. It also extends to sexual assault or stalking between family members, household members, and people who are 16 or older who have a “dating relationship.” The code defines a “dating relationship” as a social relationship of a romantic nature. The court will look at how long the relationship has lasted, the nature of it, and how often the parties interacted. If you are convicted of a crime that has been designated as domestic violence, you will lose your right to possess firearms for life or until the court reinstates your rights. You are likely to be required to receive treatment as an abuser. This can be expensive.
Consult a Criminal Defense Attorney in Everett
Vindicate Criminal Law Group is a capable domestic violence firm who has represented many individuals in the Everett area. we understand how difficult it is to be accused of a crime, the serious consequences of criminal charges, and what strategies are likely to be most effective.