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Case Conclusion Date: 04.06.2017
Practice Area: Criminal defense
Description: Client was charged with Assault Fourth Degree Domestic Violence (DV) under RCW 9A.36.041 and Malicious Mischief Third Degree (DV) under RCW 9A.48.090 following an argument where Client threw ice in her ex-boyfriend's face and destroyed his painting. Both crimes are gross misdemeanors punishable up to one year jail and $5,000.00 fine each. At first, the City’s Prosecutor recommended Client plead guilty as charged to both counts, obtain a domestic violence evaluation with an alcohol component, pay damages for destroyed property, enter a no-contact order with the victim, serve two years of active probation, and be restricted from owning or possessing firearms. Making matters worse, the DV designation increased the seriousness of the charges and consequences if Client was convicted. Finally, being convicted of any of these charges was extremely detrimental to her teaching career. Despite these challenges, we worked toward a dismissal. Ultimately, we convinced the Prosecutor that the alleged victim's credibility and mental stability was highly questionable. Client followed my advice and started counselling for her anger management issues. This convinced Prosecutor to dismiss the Assault charge, reduce the Malicious Mischief charge to Disorderly Conduct and enter a Deferred Sentence allowing dismissal of all charges after 1 year. The Court rescinded the No-Contact order. Client served no jail, paid minimal fines and saved her career.