Vancouver Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer

I am attorney Jack Peterson. I am a former prosecutor and an experienced Vancouver domestic violence defense attorney. I know that accusations of domestic violence can be emotional, stressful and time-consuming. My goal is to take the weight of the allegations off your shoulders and to achieve the best outcome possible in your defense.

I represent clients who have been accused of domestic violence by their loved ones. These crimes are often charged as assault. Depending on the seriousness of the allegations, my clients may face charges ranging from assault in the fourth degree, which is the misdemeanor that most often arises during domestic disputes involving pushing and shoving, to assault in the second degree, which is charged when strangulation is alleged.

Even minor disputes can become serious when charges are brought. Because the police, prosecutors and judges were not there at the time, matters often come down to your word against your accuser's.

Domestic Violence Court Order Violations

Violation of a no-contact order is serious business. If you have been accused of a violation of a protective order (often called a restraining order), you could face serious consequences such as jail time and a permanent criminal record.

As a defense attorney, I can help protect your rights, your record and your interests. I often remind my clients that, if they have been charged with domestic violence, violation of a related no-contact order could negatively impact their domestic violence cases.

Because of this, I do not wait for an alleged violation to occur. Instead, I often seek to have no-contact orders modified or recalled. Even if this is not possible and a violation has already occurred, I can seek to minimize the penalties involved.

Violent Crimes

I also represent clients facing charges related to a wide range of other violent crimes, from manslaughter, to vehicular homicide to rape. My experience in these complex matters gives me an edge.

I am a criminal defense attorney with a great deal of real-world trial experience on both sides of the courtroom. As a prosecutor, I tried very serious cases, including violent crimes in which defendants faced long jail or prison sentences.

My in-depth knowledge equips me to handle violent crime cases and appeals with attention to detail and dedication to success:

  • Assault in the first degree
  • Assault in the second degree/strangulation
  • Assault in the third degree
  • Assault in the fourth degree/domestic violence/misdemeanor or petty assault
  • Voluntary and involuntary manslaughter
  • Vehicular assault/vehicular homicide
  • Sex crimes such as rape and molestation

Contact A Longview Domestic Assault Defense Attorney

Talk with a lawyer before making decisions about your criminal case. Let me, trial lawyer Jack Peterson, take the weight off your shoulders, negotiating with prosecutors and protecting your freedom. Contact me by calling my Vancouver, Washington, law office at 360-859-5297. Initial consultations are free and confidential.