Domestic Violence

Aggressive, Intelligent, Respected Domestic Violence Defense throughout King and Pierce Counties

Ken Harmell, Experienced Domestic Violence Criminal Defense Lawyer

• Over 16 years of courtroom experience as a criminal defense lawyer
Has represented thousands of persons accused of a criminal offense, with an emphasis on Domestic Violence and serious felonies, including Murder and Other Three Strikes Crimes
•Over 300 jury trials

Published author on criminal law
Teaches continuing legal education to other criminal defense attorneys

Referrals from judges, prosecutors, law enforcement and fellow criminal defense lawyers
"Whenever I have a criminal defense question that is in the grey area of the law or something that I need to research, I know I can count on Ken for the answer. He is an amazing trial attorney and well respected. One of the best criminal defense attorney's I know." From D.Z., a fellow criminal defense lawyer
David Iannotti

David Iannotti, Experienced Domestic Violence Criminal Defense Lawyer 

• Over 9 years of courtroom experience as a criminal defense lawyer
•Has represented thousands of persons accused of a criminal offenses, including domestic violence and murder
•Over 100 jury trials

•Appellate practice includes RALJ Appeals, and appeals in the Washington Court of Appeals and Supreme Cour

Appellate practice includes RALJ Appeals and appeals to the Washington Court of Appeals and Washington Supreme Court 
Teaches continuing legal education to other Criminal Defense Attorneys
"David is a fantastic trial attorney. I have known him for some time and he consistently gets the best results for his clients. Highly recommended." From S.C., an attorney in the community.

South King & Pierce County (253) 859-8840 | Eastside (425) 454-9959 | Seattle (206) 901-9984

Domestic Violence Experience, Knowledge and the Law

We have extensive knowledge and information concerning:
  • Domestic Violence courtroom procedures
  • The penalties and consequences associated with a domestic violence conviction
We have represented thousands of people charged with domestic violence, including:
  • Assault Domestic Violence
  • Malicious Mischief (Property Destruction) Domestic Violence
  • Violation of a No Contact Order or Protection Order
  • Harassment Domestic Violence
  • Reckless Endangerment Domestic Violence
  • Criminal Trespass Domestic Violence
  • Stalking Domestic Violence
  • Display of or Intimidation with a Weapon Domestic Violence
  • Disorderly Conduct Domestic Violence and
  • Theft Domestic Violence
  • Interfering With the Reporting of a Domestic Violence Incident

Every Client Important

Each client's unique circumstances are different, but for us, tremendously important. Our goal is to obtain the very best possible outcome for each person who trusts us with their defense. To that end, we endeavor to bring the full power of the firm's one hundred and fifty plus years of combined experience representing persons charged with domestic violence offenses to confront, challenge and defend each aspect of every client's case. Our criminal defense attorneys will aggressively and effectively represent you at every potential stage of your defense including arraignment, pre-trial, case setting, motions, omnibus hearing, readiness/jury call, and trial.

Intent on Winning

Our criminal defense attorneys have obtained dismissals and acquittals in literally thousands of domestic violence cases, including cases where clients have been charged with Assault, Malicious Mischief, Harassment, Reckless Endangerment, Criminal Trespass, Stalking, Theft, Violation of a No Contact Order, Violation of a Protection Order and Interfering With the Reporting of a Domestic Violence Incident. We are recognized as aggressive, successful and experienced trial attorneys. Our firm's reputation and our attorney's skills allow us to approach each of our client's cases from a position of power. This generally results in the best available disposition for each of the persons who have trusted us with their defense. When we are not able to reach an agreement with the prosecution, each of our client's can be confident that their attorney is ready to aggressively defend them in front of a jury. This because when we go to trial we are fully prepared, and always intend on winning.

Domestic Violence Frequently Asked Questions and Resources

We have answers to your Domestic Violence questions, including:
  • What does it mean when an offense is labeled Domestic Violence crime?
    • Under the law of the state of Washington the term "Domestic Violence" does not refer to a crime in and of itself. Rather, it is a designation given to certain criminal charges when the alleged victim of the crime is a household or family member as defined by the Revised Code of Washington.
  • Who is considered a family or household member for purposes of domestic violence laws?
    • Washington state law on domestic violence provides that persons are household or family member where they have a parent/child relationship, including step-parent/step-child, are siblings, have a grandparent/grandchild relationship, including step-grandparent/step-grand-child, are married or have been married in the past, live together or have lived together in the past, are dating or have dated in the past, and where they have a child in common.
  • What are the legal penalties and consequences associated with a Domestic Violence Conviction?
    • Domestic Violence charges carry a jail sentence and fines similar to the equivalent non-domestic violence charge. For instance, both a charge of Assault in the Fourth Degree, and Assault in the Fourth Degree - Domestic Violence, carry maximum penalties of 364 days in jail and a $5000.00 fine. That being said, when a criminal offense is identified as involving Domestic Violence, there are significant additional potential consequences that may come with a conviction. These include, but are not limited to: A No Contact Order, preventing the defendant from having contact with the victim, and potentially other family members, including his or her own children. These orders are significant because a violation of them will result in an additional criminal charge which, under certain circumstances, can be filed as a felony and even result in prison time.
    • Persons convicted of Domestic Violence offenses are also likely to be required to attend Domestic Violence Batterer's Treatment and, if the incident was alcohol or drug related, Alcohol/Drug Treatment. Because of the treatment requirement associated with a domestic violence conviction almost all of those persons who are convicted are placed on monitored probation. Also, for some specific charges, such as Assault and Stalking, another consequence of a domestic violence conviction is the loss of right to possess firearms, for life. A Domestic Violence conviction can also interfere with child custody and visitation and, for some, have an impact on their employability.
  • What if the alleged victim does not want to pursue charges?
    • Obviously a prosecutor will believe that he or she has a better case if the victim is "on board" with their prosecution. That being said, many jurisdictions will try and proceed with prosecution even where the alleged victim is not cooperating. While these so called "victimless" prosecutions have become more difficult since the line of cases beginning with United States Supreme Court's decision in Crawford v. Washington, 541 U.S. 36 (2004), it is simply not the case that the prosecution will automatically dismiss a case if the alleged victim is not cooperating.
    • In fact, a prosecutor may attempt to pursue his or her prosecution of a case even where the alleged victim is in no way willing to participate in the process. In other cases the prosecutor may use a material witness warrant to arrest an alleged victim who refuses to participate voluntarily, and even hold him or her in jail until their testimony is needed. In other cases, the victim appears and is "recanting" by denying that the incident reported to the police occurred, or "minimizing" by claiming that the incident was less severe than was originally reported to the police, here, the prosecution may attempt to go forward by using their other available evidence and by discrediting the "recanting" or "minimizing" alleged victim. All of these cases present unique challenges and it is important an accused is represented by an attorney with experience in the area of Domestic Violence defense.
  • What is the impact of a domestic violence conviction on a military or law enforcement career?
    • It can be huge. Obviously, the loss of right to possess firearms can have a direct consequence on both persons pursuing a military career and persons involved in law enforcement. The attorneys at SBMH have represented well over a hundred military personnel on criminal cases, as well as law enforcement officers, including persons charged with criminal offenses designated as Domestic Violence and, wherever possible, we have worked to assist them in protecting their military careers.
South King & Pierce County (253) 859-8840 | Eastside (425) 454-9959 | Seattle (206) 901-9984
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