Protection Orders

These are a few examples of the types of protections order cases we’ve handled and gotten dismissed through contested hearing or by agreement.

Respondent Was the True Victim –Dismissed

Domestic violence protection order in King County Superior Court was initiated by a former boyfriend against our female client (the respondent). Argument to the judge was that our client, the respondent, was the true victim. Our client is no longer subject to a court order, but the original petitioner is found to be the abuser walks away with restraining order.

False Rape Accusation –Dismissed

Client was accused of raping a relative. She petitioned for a protection order. The challenge was the Petitioner fit the common stereotypes of a vulnerable victim. Meticulousdocumentation of the motivations for the alleged petitioner to lie in addition to evidence that proved that our client could not have committed the crime resulted in dismissal by a judge after a hearing. The prosecutor was also convincednot to file criminal charges.

Lying Petitioner –Dismissed

The Petitioner was confronted by our cross examination with evidence showing she had lied to the court. The court suspected perjury and referred her to talk with counsel prior to a second hearing. Case dismissed.

Overcoming Stereotypical Victim –Dismissed

Petitioner fits common stereotypes of a victim. Respondent was accused of all forms of abuse. After contested hearing in King County Superior Court, the court agreed with the Respondent and dismissed the case.

Respondent Was the True Victim –Dismissed

Domestic violence protection order in King County Superior Court was initiated by a former boyfriend against our female client (the respondent). After hearing our client was proven to be the true victim. Petition was dismissed.

Not a Stalker – Case Dismissed

Former boyfriend claims his ex-girlfriend is a stalker because of her repeated attempts at closure. Court extends temporary order for cooling off period and then dismisses the petition.

Woman Abuses Man – Case Dismissed

Client was an army sergeant who was continually physically attacked by his wife. Due to her abuse, he left her. She then alleged he was the abuser. All stereotypes worked against him and he lost at the trial court level. However, case was fought through appeal and the order against our client was overturned and the wife ended up with an order against her.

PETITIONER AGREES TO DISMISS THE PETITION
(a few examples)

Dismissal Because It’s the Right Thing to Do – after numerous hearings and belligerent behavior, the Petitioner agreed to dismiss her own petition when we asked, “will you dismiss this petition.” Her answer, “WHY WOULD I DO THAT!” Reply, “Because it’s the right thing to do and you know it.” Her reply, “Ok.” Result: Case dismissed.

Peace Agreement – Petitioner thinks getting a protection order is easy. When Respondent shows up at court with us, he gets cold feet. We draft an agreement to stay away from each other. Both parties leave and there’s never a problem again.

Agreed dismissal of a sexual assault protection order case – the Petitioner and our client were professional students at the University of Washington. She claimed our client raped her and sought a sexual assault protection order that would impact his educational and professional career. We submitted voluminous materials to the court demonstrate her dishonesty. Petitioner dismissed her petition and our client informally agreed to stay away from her.

Agreed dismissal of a sexual assault protection order case – The Petitioner had sex with our client and later regretted it. After appearance in court on several occasions, she dismissed her petition and the parties informally agreed to have no contact with each other.

Agreed dismissal of sexual assault protection order – Teenager with significant emotional problems alleges a close family friend sexually assaulted her. We negotiated away her sexual assault protection order petition (it was dismissed) , we prevented criminal charges from getting filed and the CPS abuse finding was overturned.