Domestic Violence is the most politicized crime in our justice system, and each year the pendulum of public policy seems to swing farther in favor of the prosecution. From police departments’ mandatory arrest policies to the courts’ harsh bail practices and reflexive no-contact orders to the legislature’s ever-increasing punishments after conviction, there seem to be no laws or practices that police, judges, and legislators won’t support to look tough on domestic violence.
Fortunately, our system of justice still allows trial by a jury of one’s peers, and an experienced and effective trial lawyer can leverage the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case to get you a favorable result. If the threat of trial doesn’t bring the prosecution to the bargaining table, an experienced lawyer like David can give you the best shot at trial by cutting through the politics of domestic violence and persuade a jury to evaluate each case on its facts.
Seattle criminal defense attorney David Hammerstad has spent the last decade going toe-to-toe with the prosecution on domestic violence cases in one of the toughest arenas in the State for domestic violence prosecution—King County Superior Court.