Domestic Violence Defense

Domestic Violence Defense Charges –

Domestic Violence Defense Lynnwood WA – You should understand what “Domestic Violence” means in Washington. It describes any offense, and there are many, that occurs between a family or household member. It can also mean any offense between a person that you were once in a dating relationship with or living with under the same roof, for example, a roommate, even if this was in the past!

This type of charge, called DV, can be added to many different offenses. The most common being assault, malicious mischief, no-contact orders, and harassment. Then there is the very serious felony assault charge.  And, by the way, an assault is very easy to commit too. It amounts to any unwanted touching of another without their consent.  There is another term for another charge that can be DV related.  It is called malicious mischief, which is a fancy term for property damage. And, this can be damage to property that is owned between a husband and wife, which is nearly everything since this a community property state. So, even though the object might have once been a gift it is often considered community property. Quite a problem.


Harassment is simply threats. And, these can be via face-to-face, email, voice mail, just as violations of No-Contact or Protection Orders. It is of drastic importance what a Domestic Violence designation does for an ordinary charge. A person must first be arrested and taken to jail, a No-Contact Order often follows in court, followed by a loss of your firearm rights if you are convicted. And, in some places there is a special Domestic Violence Court that can be much tougher on you, the accused.

Police in Washington must respond to all domestic violence calls, even to a hang-up call. And, you will go to jail if they believe that you have committed a domestic violence offense within the past four hours. But, what the police believe does not mean that you are guilty or will be convicted of this! It simply means that you are now in trouble and need me to help you. And, I will!

Please know that what the alleged victim wants to have happen will not sway the police. The police must follow the law and arrest someone. This means that if they come to a domestic violence call someone is very likely going to jail. You could be held or released and ordered to come to your arraignment. In some courts, this arraignment is delayed because the police must send their report to the prosecutor who will later decide whether to charge you or not.

If you are from Lynnwood WA or surrounding cities and have been charged with Domestic Violence Charges, you will want a Domestic Violence Defense Attorney Lynnwood WA who specializes in this area.

Domestic Violence Defense Attorney

If you and your family have been experiencing domestic violence and if there is a member being charged with Domestic Violence, don’t delay in getting legal help for a professional lawyer in Lynnwood or Edmonds Washington.

For an Lynnwood WA Attorney contact Marke Schnackenberg.

Marke Schnackenberg is available for a free initial consultation.  Call now or submit your request via email by using the contact form.  Be sure to include your phone number and I will call you personally as soon as possible.

Serving Lynnwood, Edmonds, Woodway, Mountlake Terrace, Brier, Alderwood Manor, Bothell and Mill Creek, communities and surrounding cities, in Snohomish County, WA.

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Court Procedures

Court Procedures To Expect For Domestic Violence Cases

Court Procedures - Lynnwood WA Justic CenterCourt Procedures – What to expect when you go to court at the Lynnwood Municipal Courthouse for a Domestic Violence, No Contact Order, Protection Order, Stalking, Malicious Mischief charge:

The courthouse sits a little back from the street of 44th Ave. West and 194th St. in Lynnwood, Washington. This red brick building from the 1970s houses the Lynnwood Police Department, Lynnwood City Jail, and the Lynnwood Municipal Court. The Court itself sits on the second, or top, floor, and up there is the court clerk’s office, the court’s probation department, and the Lynnwood Municipal Court’s courtroom. Running the Lynnwood Municipal Court is the presiding Judge Stephen Moore, who assumed this role in 2000. He has a background in prosecution with the King County Prosecutor’s Office and he was raised in Tacoma, Washington.

Now, for a person being summoned into court, it can be a very nervous experience. Having an experienced attorney at your side, like myself, will make the situation calmer for you. I will explain the process then and now for you, so you will not be in the dark and will be as comfortable as possible. This is my goal.

First, the court’s guard at the door upstairs will initially search us, just as if we were going to the airport to board a plane. So, it is generally best to limit the amount and type of carry-on material when going through this stage to have less intrusive searching of your person. I limit the amount of metal objects in my pockets, etc., when I go to any courtroom. And I have visited courtrooms about 2,000 times in my career thus far. Here, less carried is better.

court procedures - lynnwood waNext, we will be appearing in front of the judge for our first appearance, which is usually called the arraignment. But first, I will confer with the prosecutor there, who is the venerable Mr. A. James Zachor, his partner Melanie Dane-Thomas, Zachor’s son “Jimmy,” or with many of the other attorneys that have been hired them to represent the City of Lynnwood to prosecute you. Next, I will confer with the Victim Services Coordinator for the City of Lynnwood, former called the Domestic Violence Advocate, about the case and whether any person who might be called a victim in the case has been contacted by them and whether a no-contact order will be recommended by this Coordinator or the city prosecutor.

After that, I will confer with you and you soon will be making a plea of not guilty with me. At that time, I will be talking to the judge about your conditions of release or bail or whether a no-contact order is needed or not. Your input is essential for me in representation and your account of what occurred is essential towards preparing your defense.

Finally, the judge will order pre-trial conditions for you to follow and then you will receive court dates for us both to return to. In about a week or so, I will receive the police report and other evidence that might be used against you, such as, photographs, video, audio recordings, etc. Also, so you will know exactly what can possibly happen throughout the case, I will consult with you throughout, and with the alleged victim, as soon as possible. And, rest assured I will find the best defense and fight for you all along the way.

If you would like to discuss what Marke Schnackenberg can do for your defense.  If you would like to discuss the court procedures. Please don’t hesitate to call or send Lynnwood WA Attorney Marke Schnackenberg a note with our contact form  or phone call to discuss your options.

If you need a  Washington Domestic Violence Lawyer contact Marke Schnackenberg, located in Lynnwood Washington.