January 14, 2016 Domestic Violence is defined as intentional intimidation, physical assault or battery, or abusive behavior that happens within a home for the purpose of power or control over another. This can include physical, emotional, psychological, or sexual abuse. Domestic Violence unfortunately has no limitations on who it can affect: male, female, old, young, rich, or poor. Regardless of the ethnicity or religious group, violence can be present. Domestic Violence with No Physical Contact? While battery and abuse is a crime, it’s not always easy to recognize what is considered domestic violence. For example, does a loud mutual argument with no physical contact constitute domestic violence? If your partner or someone else decides to call 911 during a shouting match, you could be handcuffed and arrested. Sometimes the aggressor persuades the responding officer that they were the victim, and the wrong person is arrested. In some other instances, a vindictive partner may falsely accuse the other as a way to seek revenge. Heavy Penalties for Domestic Violence Convictions Domestic violence charges come with heavy consequences: courts set high bail amounts, Protective and No-Contact Orders prohibit contact with children or entry to one’s own residence, financial penalties, a violent crime record. Contact an Experienced Domestic Violence Defense Attorney If you have been charged with a domestic violence charge, it’s important you seek the help of a qualified attorney immediately. Every case is different, and it’s important you are represented by an attorney who knows the laws and makes sure your rights are observed. The criminal defense lawyers at The Nahajski Firm in Seattle, Washington, can help you. Every case has its own unique problems, consequences, and opportunities. No two cases are alike. We encourage you to call and speak personally to a lawyer about the details of your unique circumstances. Call us at 206-621-0500 or contact us online for a free consultation with an experienced attorney.