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Spokane Domestic Violence Attorneys

Defending You against Serious Allegations

Domestic violence is a complex and traumatic situation. In many cases, the victim loves the perpetrator, making it more difficult for the victim to report the crime, testify against the defendant, and/or leave the situation safely.

If you have been accused of spousal abuse or another domestic violence-related crime, you need to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. For nearly 40 years, we have fought for clients in a wide range of criminal defense matters. We can put our experience to work for you.

Give us a call at (509) 204-9993 or complete our online contact form today.

Defining Domestic Violence

Domestic violence occurs when one member of a family or household commits an abusive crime against another member of the same family or household.

Examples of behaviors that may qualify as domestic violence include:

  • Neglect
  • Economic control
  • Sexual assault
  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical violence

Domestic Violence Reports

If an individual is the victim of domestic violence, he or she is encouraged to call 911 for assistance. When police officers arrive on the scene, they will interview the people present and review the evidence to determine if domestic violence has taken place.

Under state law, police are required to make an arrest if they have reason to believe that an act of domestic violence was committed within the past four hours. Police are also required to make an arrest if they believe that a Civil Protection or No Contact order has been violated. If police believe that multiple members of the household have committed acts of domestic violence against one another, they will arrest the individual who appears to be the primary aggressor.

Domestic Violence Charges

In cases where an arrest was made for domestic violence, the prosecutor will decide whether or not to press charges against the perpetrator. In these cases, the victim does not have the power to prevent charges or drop charges, even if he or she doesn’t want to see the perpetrator face legal action. Once the prosecutor has reached a decision with regard to filing charges, the victim will be notified.


The penalties for domestic violence convictions will depend on the nature of the offense.

Possible penalties include:

  • Misdemeanor: A fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to 90 days in jail
  • Gross misdemeanor: A fine of up to $5,000 and/or up to 365 days in jail
  • Felony: A substantial fine and more than one year in jail

In the state of Washington, anyone who is convicted of a domestic violence charge will also be prohibited from owning a firearm.

Help for Domestic Violence Victims

Victims of domestic violence in Washington have access to other forms of protection in addition to criminal prosecution.

These forms of protection include:

  • Protective orders: Protective orders – including no contact orders, domestic violence protection orders, and civil anti-harassment protection orders – can prevent further instances of domestic violence
  • Address confidentiality: Under the Address Confidentiality Program, a victim of domestic violence is assigned a substitute address that can be used in place of the victim’s real address – this prevents the perpetrator from being able to visit the home of the victim
  • Civil lawsuit: In some domestic violence cases, the victim can file a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator in order to recover damages, such as medical bills and compensation for emotional trauma.

The Charges against You

Experienced Spokane domestic violence defense attorney Julie A. Twyford has handled several jury and non-jury trials since she won her first case in 1978. This experience allows Twyford Law Office to explore every option when choosing the right defense strategy for you. If there is a way to improve your situation, we will find it. We can help you with any charge, including assault, false imprisonment, stalking, trespassing, and violation of protective orders.

If you are in trouble with the law and need advice, give us a call at (509) 204-9993.

Client Testimonials

The Opinions That Matter Most
  • “Julie and her firm are top notch.”

  • “Julie's team like her, are professional, empathic, timely and knowledgeable.”

  • “We are so, so grateful and I can't thank her enough for the gift she persuaded the court to give my son.”

    Former Client
  • “I strongly believe that due to Mrs. Twyford’s vast experience and knowledge of the law, we were able to win the case and I was able to keep my license, and my life.”

  • “Julie and her entire office staff are fantastic and we will forever remember their help and kindness at our darkest hour.”

  • “I am so proud to call her my Attorney.”

  • “I will never use anyone but Twyford Law and will always refer anyone I come across to them”

    Taylor N.
  • “We do thank God for Julie Twyford’s help and the judge for his consideration of our daughter’s plight.”

  • “Julia won consistently in court charging my opposing party with all the costs.”

  • “Julie focuses on the best outcome for the children, and she will do anything in her power to insure their security.”

  • “Heartfelt thanks to kind and understanding staff.”

    Sharon K.
  • “If you're looking for a lawyer, you have found the right one.”

    Alexandra H.
  • “If you are looking for results and not just lip service then look no further than Julie… I am so proud to call her my Attorney.”

  • “Julie has the knowledge, experience and expertise to guide any person through this difficult process.”

  • “There is life after divorce, but only if you choose the right attorney to secure your future.”

    Former Client

Why Hire Twyford Law Office?

Your Future Depends On It
  • Skilled, Dedicated, & Aggressive Representation

  • Excellent Communication with All Clients on a Human Level

  • 40+ Years of Experience in Family Law & Criminal Defense

  • Dealt with Thousands of Criminal Cases over the Years

  • Extensive Experience in High-Value Asset Cases

  • 24-Hour Availability in Cases of Legal Emergencies

  • Success in Highly Contested Custody & Divorce Cases

  • Successful Trial Experience in Criminal Defense Cases

Our Legal Team

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Awards & Associations

  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb Top Attorney - Divorce
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel - Top 1% 2015
  • Spokane Attorneys For Equality