Domestic violence is the use of physical, sexual, economic, emotional and/or psychological abuse by an intimate partner or family member to control the actions of another.
The police have a duty to investigate all 911 calls involving domestic violence. Often, a phone call to 911 is all it takes for an innocent person to be accused of this crime.
Sometimes a significant other will change her testimony after charges have been made. If this happens in your situation,you shouldn’t assume that charges will be dropped. This happens frequently and the prosecuting attorney will continue to charge ahead despite the victim denying that it happened. Once charges are filed, the victim is only a witness and can be required to appear in court. A 911 call made by the accuser can be used as evidence, even if the complaining witness is not present.
Yes. The destruction of property belonging to an intimate partner or family member can lead to an arrest. State and local laws mandate that the aggressor shall be arrested if a complaint is made by a citizen. Minor physical injuries, and even the threat of violence, may result in an arrest in a domestic violence case.
Allegations of domestic violence are taken very seriously. As soon as you find out that a complaint has been filed or a no-contact order issued, you should speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. The Law Offices of David Speikers serve clients in King County, including Seattle, Kent, Renton, Redmond, Kirkland, Issaquah, Sammamish and Snoqualmie, as well as throughout the State of Washington.
Protective orders are used to prevent contact between victims and alleged domestic violence abusers. These orders can have a serious impact on the freedoms and abilities of those who are subject to them, and can affect divorce and child custody proceedings.
Under state law, domestic violence charges should be considered by the court before making any decisions regarding child custody. Thus, those who have been charged with domestic violence may be denied custody rights altogether or granted limited, supervised visitation with their children.
Under federal law, a protective order issued in one state must be enforced wherever a violation occurs – even if it is not in the same state where the order was issued.
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