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Assault & Domestic Violence

If you are currently being investigated for, or have been formally charged or accused of domestic violence it is in your best interest to hire the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Acts of domestic violence can include sexual abuse, harassment, bodily injury, destruction of personal property, threats or deprivation of daily human rights and activities. Domestic violence is not limited to cases involving a husband and wife. It can include people who are living in the same house-hold, such as children, extended family or roommates. It can also include situations where people do not live together, such as boyfriends and girlfriends.

If you are convicted of domestic violence you will face jail time, restitution, fines, probation, counseling and a mark on your criminal record for life. You can also lose your right to employment within government agencies and elsewhere, your right to carry a handgun and many other rights.

An assault is an intentional act that causes an apprehension or fear of imminent harmful or offensive contact based on a defendant’s present ability to do so. The defendant must have the apparent ability to commit the assault, even if he or she is not actually capable of causing an injury. An assault is committed even if the contact never occurs.

Maggie has had over 15 years of experience working with clients charged with domestic violence, and has tried, defended and settled hundreds of cases. In circumstances where acquittal and dismissal are unachievable, she has the expertise, care and in depth understanding of the court system to obtain the best possible results for you.

Drug & Controlled Substance Crimes

Maggie has over 15 years of experience successfully handling hundreds of drug and controlled substance related types of crimes, including:

Drug Possession

Possession with Intent to Deliver

Manufacture and Delivery of Controlled Substances

Driving while Intoxicated (see DUI Defense)

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Juvenile Drug Offenses

DUI Offenses

If you are charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you face the possibility of losing your driver’s license and being criminally convicted. If you are criminally convicted, you could face jail time, community service and a criminal record.

DUI Sentencing Grid

Driving Without a License and Other Traffic Violations

Traffic infractions can cost you hundreds of dollars in fines, can stay on your record permanently and can significantly increase your insurance costs.

Maggie has been successfully representing clients charged with DUIs and other traffic violations for over 15 years, and will work thoroughly and tirelessly to achieve the lightest possible penalty for you, keep your driving record clean and protect your license.

Juvenile Offenses

If your child has been charged with a crime, the court will appoint an attorney for them free of charge. If you want to be sure your child’s case gets the maximum care, time and attention it deserves, however, it is important for you to hire an experienced juvenile criminal defense lawyer. A conviction on a child’s criminal record can prevent them from getting into college, getting a good job or getting their driver’s license. Maggie’s priority is to defend your child’s rights and achieve the best possible results for them, and she has the expertise, care and determination to do just that. She has had years of experience representing minors with very successful results.

Theft & Burglary

Washington law defines theft as the wrongful obtainment of another person’s property or services with the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive the owner of his or her property or services. Theft can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on a number of factors.

Misdemeanor Theft:

Misdemeanor theft is the unlawful obtainment of property valued at under $750. Possible penalties include the following:

·         Up to 1 year in County Jail

·         Probation

·         Expensive court fees and fines

·         Diversion program

·         Court-ordered theft counseling

·         Community Service

·         Full repayment of restitution to alleged victim

Felony Theft:

Thefts will be charged as a felony if the property unlawfully obtained is worth over $750. Possible penalties include the following:

·         Up to 5 years in jail

·         Full repayment of restitution to alleged victim

·         Community service

·         Formal probation or parole supervision

·         Mandatory court fines and fees

·         Court-ordered theft counseling

Maggie has had 15 years of experience in dealing with hundreds of cases of theft and burglary. She has the care, expertise and determination to take your case to trial and succeed, and will work tirelessly towards the best possible outcome for you.

Involuntary Commitment

When a designated mental health professional (DMP) receives information alleging that a person presents a likelihood of serious harm or is gravely disabled as a result of chemical dependency, the DMP, after investigation and evaluation of the specific facts alleged and of the reliability and credibility of the information, may file a petition for commitment of such person with the superior court, district court, or in another court permitted by court rule. Those hearings are held at the facilities where the person is involuntarily committed: Station Two, Telecare, or Peace Health.

Maggie works extensively in this area today. She has the care, expertise and determination to represent your interests, and will work tirelessly towards the best possible outcome for you or your loved one.

For a free 15 minute case consultation, call Maggie today at 360-213-0053.