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Posted by Michelle Dellino | Feb 03, 2015 | 0 Comments

Domestic violence

In the heat of a Superbowl loss and in other times of significant stress…….be mindful of your behavior and of the potential life changing consequences. Domestic Violence Assault in the 4th degree (Assault 4) is the most common DV (domestic violence) charge in Washington State. The truth is it doesn't take much to be arrested on a DV Assault 4 charge as a Washingtonian. “Assault” is generally defined by case law as “any unwanted touching” and the law states that the contact must be considered offensive by a reasonable person. Clearly this is very broad! DV Assault 4 charges are filed when there are allegations of a minor injury, or even no injury at all. If police are called to a scene, and there is any indicator that unwanted touching has occurred, an arrest will take place. State law in fact requires police to arrest the primary aggressor if they have probable cause to believe there was an assault within the last four hours.

If you are convicted of a DV Assault 4 charge, you will face serious consequences. Assault 4 is a gross misdemeanor. A conviction can result in up to 364 days of jail time, a $5,000.00 fine, and loss of your right to possess firearms. Furthermore, you may be ordered to completed expensive domestic violence treatment and you will likely be issued a no-contact order, which could keep you away from your loved ones and even from your own home.

The take home message: Be aware of your own behavior and recognize that the bar is low for Assault 4 arrests and charges. Understand the magnitude of the potential repercussions and be sure to contact an experienced defense attorney directly after your arrest. Dellino Law Group has the knowledge, expertise, and experience to help you fight your charges and reach the best outcome possible.

About the Author

Michelle Dellino

Michelle Dellino is the Managing Attorney of Dellino Law Group. She believes there is a solution to every problem. Her practice focuses primarily on complex family law matters including high asset dissolutions; high conflict cases; long term marriage dissolution; cases involving business owners, IT, and medical professionals; domestic violence family law; and preparing cohabitation, prenuptial, and postnuptial agreements. Favorite things include: multi-tasking, competition, travel, baseball, technology, a big view of the Olympic Mountains, and the outdoors. Primary dislikes include: Chinese food, passive aggression and apathy. Also: owned by trio of dachshunds, 2 cats & 1 big dog.


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