Washington State Bar Association

Anti Harassment Orders

The Law Offices of Deborah Alexander, Attorney at Law, PLLC in Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, King County, Snohomish County, and in most jurisdictions in Western Washington, represents those individuals who are feeling harassed, annoyed, or alarmed by others. It is important to hire an attorney to represent those persons feeling harassed to ensure that the statutory requirements have been met to increase the chances of prevailing in court so that an anti harassment order is granted by the Judge. Additionally, an attorney can help you manage the stress involved in filing an anti harassment petition. These cases can be very emotional to the extent whereby one feels unsafe and threatened. The Law Offices of Deborah Alexander Attorney at Law, PLLC will take steps to minimize the stress and do what is necessary to make one feel more at ease while the legal process is in motion. The attorney may also draft up additional legal documents and attach supporting evidence and exhibits to support your petition. An attorney is also highly recommended to argue your case to the Judge. The anti harassment petitions may require several court appearances requiring legal arguments to the Judge along with the questioning and cross examining of witnesses in court.

Unlawful harassment occurs when another knowingly and willfully seriously annoys, harasses, alarms, or acts in a way that is detrimental to another and such a person’s actions serve no legal or legitimate purpose. The anti harassment statute is governed by RCW 10.14.020. This statute also requires that the harassing behavior occur on more than one occasion or through a course of conduct. Documentation and dates of harassment are helpful for the filing of the anti harassment petition.

The Law Offices of Deborah Alexander Attorney at Law, PLLC can help you obtain an anti harassment order which can provide a tremendous amount of relief to those feeling harassed and in some cases if the harassing behavior is egregious, attorneys fees may be awarded to the prevailing party. The relief that an anti harassment order may provide is restraint of contact from the harassing party, a restrain of surveillance, it can prohibit the respondent from being within a certain distance of the petitioners home, workplace or place that one may frequent, it can require the harasser to surrender weapons, and the order may prohibit a minor or child from attending the petitioner’s child’s school.

The Law Offices of Deborah Alexander Attorney at Law, PLLC, can file anti harassment petitions in both District courts and in Superior Court. District court is the primary court for filing anti harassment petitions and Superior Court has concurrent jurisdiction to accept transfers or to hear cases involving minors or under certain other circumstances.

The Law Offices of Deborah Alexander Attorney at Law, PLLC also represents minor petitioners seeking an order of anti harassment. A parent or guardian may request an anti harassment order on behalf of a minor. Call the Law Offices of Deborah Alexander Attorney at Law, PLLC for a free consultation regarding the filing of an anti harassment petition.

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