Washington State Bar Association

Domestic Violence

The law offices of Deborah Alexander, Attorney at Law, PLLC represents those accused of domestic violence. The law defines domestic violence as criminal acts committed by a family or household member against another. A “family or household member” is defined as persons who are now or have been married or lived together, who have been or are involved in a dating relationship, and people who have a child together. Additionally, parent/child relationships and sibling relationships are included in the family or household definition. A domestic violence charge can be a misdemeanor or felony charge. Misdemeanor domestic violence offenses include the following: assault, property destruction, harassment, intimidation with a weapon, reckless endangerment, and violation of no contact orders. Felony domestic violence offenses may include violation of no contact orders involving assault, a third violation of a no contact order, assault with a deadly weapon, along with other offenses.

An individual can be arrested for domestic violence if a police officer responds to a domestic violence incident and finds probable cause to believe that a person committed an assault against a household or family member. The police officer will then fill out a police report even if an arrest does not occur. Thereafter, the prosecutor’s office will review the police report and determine whether or not to file charges. The alleged victim becomes a witness for the city or state and has no authority to drop the charges. In many cases, the prosecutor will continue to prosecute a case even if the alleged victim refuses to testify.

A person charged with a domestic violence offense may be charged with a separate crime of interfering with the reporting of domestic violence if that person interferes with or tries to prevent the alleged victim from calling 911 or reporting the alleged crime.

No contact orders prohibit individuals from contacting or communicating with another by phone, third parties, email, texts, and often times a certain distance between the parties must be maintained. A no contact order remains in effect while a domestic violence case is pending and often times is imposed as part of a sentencing conviction. A no contact order issued by a judge is enforceable even if it is not signed by the defendant.

A civil protection order can be applied for by an individual against another and may not involve the police or criminal charges. A civil protection order may prohibit contact between parties, remove an alleged abuser from a shared residence, grant temporary custody of children and set visitation schedules, and order an alleged abuser into treatment or counseling.

Client Reviews
"I did not know that the court system often times has rehabilitative means to resolve cases. I was charged with a drug crime and Deborah helped me find the appropriate treatment that I needed. My life has changed and my case was resolved without a conviction.” Anonymous
"Deborah Alexander goes above and beyond for her clients! She has incredible energy, she cares about her clients, and she will provide you will an effective defense for your felony or misdemeanor case." Anonymous
"I was represented by Deborah Alexander. She truly saved my life. I was charged with a felony criminal case and there was a substantial risk that my freedom would be taken away. Deborah Alexander worked aggressively on my case since the day that I met her. She was wonderful about communicating with me..." Anonymous