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What is going to happen to my wife after her domestic violence charge?

My wife hit me on the side of the head with one of my son's video game controllers when I walked through the door. My daughter saw the whole incident go down and called the police. My wife fled the scene and they eventually found her the next day. Her and I have had our differences, but she is still the mother of my children and I do not want her to spend time in jail. Is she going to be punished even more severely because she fled?

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    Craig Andersen | Andersen Law PLLC
    10000 NE 7th Ave Suite 330B
    Vancouver, WA 98685
    (360) 397-0111
    Your wife will not necessarily be punished more severely because she fled. However, flight does equal guilt in the minds of most American jurors. Your wife's eventual punishment, if any, will depend more on whether or not she has any prior convictions. Other factors might include the seriousness of your injuries, any particular vulnerability you may have, deliberate cruelty and sincere demonstrations of remorse. She can mitigate her exposure by obtaining a domestic violence evaluation and a substance abuse evaluation. These are concrete things she can do to demonstrate a willingness to address the problem of violence. Your wife should be made aware that there is probably going to be a domestic violence protection order in place. Consequently, she will need an alternate place to live. She can obtain her personal belongings by contacting your local police department and requesting a "stand by" escort. Of course there are other standard considerations that go along with any criminal charge: She has the right to remain silent and should use it; she has the right to an attorney; she has the right to have an attorney present during questioning and to have a lawyer appointed at no charge to her if she cannot afford counsel. She also has the right to be free from unreasonably search and seizure.
    Answer Applies to: Washington - Replied: 4/10/2013
    Thomas E. Gates | Gates' Law, PLLC
    651 Strander Blvd., Suite 209
    Tukwila, WA 98188-2953
    (253) 332-7899
    Your wife will/has been charged with Assault 4 DV. Because there were no charges when she "fled," it is unlikely she will be charged for flight. Your wife will likely have to take a anger management class, do community service, pay a fine, have no further law violations, and be on probation for one year. She currently has a no contact order against her, but this can be removed at the hearing.
    Answer Applies to: Washington - Replied: 4/10/2013
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