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Misdemeanor Domestic Violence in Kent

Skilled Representation Courtesy of Our Kent Criminal Defense Attorney

People are sometimes tempted to save a few dollars and try to resolve misdemeanor charges without an attorney's advice. The risk of jail is small in most cases, and a quick guilty plea can get the whole thing over with, right?

Wrong. The lasting consequences of even a misdemeanor domestic violence (DV) conviction can be very serious. For the advice of an experienced lawyer who can work toward the best possible result rather than taking the first plea offer, turn to The Law Office of Erik P. Kaeding. Our Kent criminal defense attorney has been representing clients in a variety of criminal charges for over 20 years. We have the experience, the resources, and the skills that you need to pursue the favorable outcome that you need.

We can get started with a free consultation. Schedule yours today by contacting our firm online or calling (253) 444-4432.

Protect Yourself When Facing Serious Domestic Violence Charges

We represent people facing charges of domestic violence, including stalking or harassment offenses and violations of no-contact orders. For first time offenders, domestic assault and similar crimes will usually be charged as a misdemeanor, unless the incident involved serious bodily harm or firearms.

Assaults that are more serious are charged as felonies. People with past domestic violence convictions can also find themselves facing felony charges on otherwise minor offenses. As your defense attorney, one of our jobs is to get an accurate idea of the specific punishment you'll be facing if convicted of the original charge.

It rarely makes sense to accept the prosecution's first plea offer, which usually trades a light sentence for a guilty plea on the original charge. Investigating the facts and identifying the weaknesses in the government's case can lead to a better result for our clients through dismissal of the case or pleading to a lesser offense with even lighter punishment.

Penalties for Domestic Violence Charges

A guilty plea on a misdemeanor charge is still a criminal conviction, whether or not you ever serve a day in jail. In a domestic violence case, you'll lose your right to own or possess a gun. You'll have a criminal record. Any future convictions can result in more serious punishments. Additionally, if you work in a licensed profession, you might face disciplinary proceedings or suspension of your license in the aftermath of a domestic violence conviction, especially if you work in teaching, law enforcement, nursing, or other professions that involve substantial contact with the public.

Your Determined Advocates

Our firm's broad goal is to protect you from any punishment at all for a domestic violence conviction. If we can get a case dismissed or a continuance for dismissal, our firm will do so. If you have a strong defense at trial, we will be glad to present it to a jury. In most cases, however, we will be working toward a favorable plea on terms that protect both your immediate interests and your future opportunities.

To learn more about our ability to represent you effectively against Washington state domestic violence charges, contact our Kent criminal defense lawyer at (253) 444-4432.

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Here's Why You Can Too:
  • Commitment to Your Freedom

    The Law Office Of Erik P. Kaeding relentlessly pursues the best possible outcome for you, whether that's a dismissal, acquittal, or reduced charges.

  • Relentless Investigation

    Our team is known for thoroughly examining cases until we find every detail that strengthens your case. We have a high rate of dismissal because we hone in on the evidence you need to walk away.

  • Insider Knowledge

    We know the judges, the officers, and the prosecutors responsible for your case. As a result, we can know the most likely direction of your case and how best to prepare for it. Our firm strategizes to counter the prosecution's every move.

  • Decades of Experience

    Attorney Kaeding has been a criminal defense lawyer for his entire 20-year career. His father was an attorney as well--his family legacy is about getting justice for the accused. That legacy has benefited thousands, and it could include you.