Domestic Violence Defense

Dismissal – Adult Domestic Violence Case

Ms. Burke’s client was a man who had broken up with a girlfriend. On the heels of the break up, she called the police to report that he had harassed her and assaulted her. He was charged with domestic violence assault and restrained by a no contact order from working at their common place of work. Ms. Burke set the matter for at a trial and through comprehensive investigation was able to persuade the prosecutor that the only witness, the alleged victim, was a prolific liar. The prosecutor agreed with Ms. Burke’s request that the charge be entirely dismissed. Her client avoided conviction, jail and, most importantly, he was able to resume his employment.

Dismissal – Adult Domestic Violence Case

Ms. Burke’s client was a respected professional who tried to extricate himself from a past dating relationship. The ex-girlfriend had obtained protection orders against him when he went into court unrepresented by a skilled domestic violence attorney. The ex-girlfriend then began to make claims that he violated the protection orders. Through careful investigation and documentation of her background, Ms. Burke was able to convince the prosecutor that she was not credible and get the case entirely dismissed.

DismissalSeattle Municipal Court Domestic Violence Assault Charge

Ms. Burke’s client was a man who had broken up with a girlfriend. On the heels of the break up, she called the police to report that he had harassed her and assaulted her.  He was charged with domestic violence assault and restrained by a no contact order from working at their common place of work.  Ms. Burke set the matter for at a trial and through comprehensive investigation was able to persuade the prosecutor that the only witness, the alleged victim, was a prolific liar. The prosecutor agreed with Ms. Burke’s request that the charge be entirely dismissed. Her client avoided conviction, jail and, most importantly, he was able to resume his employment.

Dismissal – Seattle Domestic Violence Protection Order Violation Charge

Ms. Burke’s client was a respected attorney in a large downtown law firm who tried to extricate himself from a past dating relationship. The ex-girlfriend had obtained protection orders against him when he went into court unrepresented by a skilled domestic violence attorney.  The ex-girlfriend then began to make claims that he violated the protection orders.  Through careful investigation and documentation of her background, Ms. Burke was able to convince the prosecutor that she was not credible and get the case entirely dismissed.

Dismissal – King County Felony Domestic Violence Assault Charge

Ms. Burke’s client was a man of financial means who married late in life and married a woman he knew little about.  As the relationship began to unravel, the woman began to attack him physically.  Despite a past history of 911 calls made by the man, he was arrested as a perpetrator of domestic violence based upon his wife’s word alone.  Ms. Burke worked closely with an investigator and was able to reconstruct her past and document extensive instances of prior dishonesty. Ms. Burke was able to convince the prosecutor to drop the felony domestic violence charge against her client.

Dismissal – King County Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Assault Charge

Ms. Burke’s client was not a US citizen and was married to a woman who was also not a US citizen. His wife claimed extensive and regular abuse and torture of her.  The prosecutor commenced the case firmly believing that the immigrant woman had been horribly abused and that the client should be both convicted and deported.  After months of investigation, background work and negotiation with the prosecutor, Ms. Burke was able to convince the prosecutor that the domestic  violence charge and allegations were fabricated and unfounded. The case was dismissed entirely.

Dismissal – King County Felony Domestic Violence Assault Charge

Recent dismissal, facts to be added soon.

Dismissal – Issaquah Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Assault Charge

Ms. Burke’s client was not a US Citizen and worked in the software industry on the Eastside.  His wife allegedly told police her husband had assaulted her. His wife stated that the police officer misconstrued her statements.  The case proceeded to trial but before trial Ms. Burke raised three critical pretrial motions that caused the court to dismiss the charge.

Dismissal – Seattle Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Assault Charge

Ms. Burke’s client was beaten up by his intoxicated wife in a car outside of a dinner party.  Witnesses assumed that Ms. Burke’s client was beating up his wife.  Both parties were injured, but the husband was arrested. Ms. Burke convinced the prosecutor to drop the charges.

Dismissal – Redmond Domestic Violence Assault Charge

Ms. Burke’s client was a father who invited his adult children over for a barbeque. His son got very drunk and verbally threatened his father and refused to leave. The police were called by a neighbor and the father was arrested for assault of his son. Ms. Burke was able to write a letter to the prosecutor arguing the weaknesses of the proof in the case. The case was dismissed by the prosecutor.

No Charges Filed – Pre-filing representation on Alleged DV Assault and Felony Harassment

Ms. Burke represented a successful local businessman whose wife claimed that he had assaulted her previously and threatened to kill her on the phone.  Ms. Burke was able to produce evidence that the wife frequently threatened to call the police as her own form of abuse.  The prosecutor was convinced that the wife had motive to lie and declined to file charges.

No Charges Filed – Pre-filing Representation on Alleged DV Assault

Ms. Burke’s client was a woman with a prosthetic arm. The woman and her partner were ending their relationship and had a conflict.  The alleged victim, partner, alleged that her partner assaulted her.  The partner denied the allegation. The prosecutor declined to file charges after Ms. Burke produced a copy of a book of essays written by the alleged victim in which she wrote a story about how she frequently could not help but tell lies.