Washington Protection Orders Are For Protection, Not Punishment

Our law firm is regularly discussing the importance and impact of Washington protection orders. These are often used legal tools that are essential for protecting victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, harassment, and other nefarious actions. What’s important to distinguish, however, is that these Washington protection orders are meant as a protection for victims, not a punishment for alleged Read More

What Options Do You Have When CPS is Weaponized Against You?

Child Protective Services (CPS) plays a vital role in safeguarding the well-being of our children, ensuring they grow up in safe, nurturing environments. Regrettably, some individuals misuse CPS as a tool in custody battles or personal disputes, leading to baseless allegations against caring, protective parents. Burke Brown Attorneys understands the distress and confusion families in King County face when false Read More

Steps Washington Parents Must Take to End Domestic Violence Protection Orders

A domestic violence protection order in Washington state is a gravely serious matter with severe consequences, especially for parents. People make mistakes in life, and facing the repercussions in cases of domestic violence often includes losing invaluable time with your children. In our state, the ramifications of a domestic violence protection order frequently involve forfeiting most, sometimes all, time with your Read More

When Does a Protection Order Actually End?

In Washington state, protection orders are a legal mechanism used to protect the people – not to punish those who have orders filed against them. These orders are a critical element in preserving the safety of those who legitimately need protection, which is why the team here at Burke Brown Attorneys feels strongly about ensuring these orders are used effectively and not abused. It is essential for both the Read More

Is It Ever Wise to Acknowledge Guilt in a Washington Criminal Case?

Are you guilty or innocent? As you may know, the answer to that question doesn’t always directly correlate to the outcome of a legal case. How you handle your answer to that question, however, is paramount to the outcome of your Washington criminal case. Under the law, you are innocent until proven guilty. Defendants sometimes are too loose with talking, when the law does not require them to talk or admit guilty.  Read More

Domestic Violence Protection Orders and Shifting Child Custody

Protection orders can dramatically change family life in the blink of an eye.  A temporary protection order can be served out of the blue and a parent can be totally removed from the family home and denied any access to their kids.  The temporary care, custody and control of the children goes to the parent who got the protection order. In King County, if you file for a protection order on Wednesday, you may have a Read More

What Exactly Are Mitigating Circumstances in a Washington Criminal Case?

Context matters. Our actions have consequences, but this doesn’t mean every action comes with the same exact consequences. We must consider the context of why an action took place and the person behind it’s ability to prevent the action. In a Washington criminal trial, these are referred to as mitigating circumstances (as defined by RCW 9.94A.535). The court has specific guidelines that actually allow for these Read More

Is Your Attorney Really Doing Nothing?

When you hire an attorney, you want results. It’s why you hire them in the first place. But, what happens when you’re paying all this money to an attorney and don’t hear anything for days or even over a week? You might think “Is my attorney even doing anything?” The answer is likely yes, your attorney is absolutely taking steps to handle your case and move toward a just resolution on your behalf. What’s important to Read More

Understanding the Fine Line Between Misdemeanor and Felony Harassment

Words carry weight in the eyes of the law. People often contact a criminal defense attorney dumbfounded that the things they say can actually have criminal consequences. Harassment is one particular charge that is often thrown at alleged offenders who make threats, but there are varying levels to these charges. It’s important to avoid charges of any form, but short of that, you need to understand the distinct Read More

Your Mental Health Matters in King County Criminal Court Cases

Mental health matters. People from all walks of life deal with hurdles in life due to mental health challenges each and every day. Unfortunately, stigmas surrounding mental illness remain and people often associate mental illness with violent, irresponsible, and criminal behavior. In reality, mental health challenges are not always a precursor to criminal acts. A large percentage of people dealing with these issues Read More