Domestic violence is when one person in a relationship controlling someone else, often using violence or fear as a means of control. The person’s conduct may include physical or emotional abuse. The person accused of domestic violence may be a married couple, dating couple, or people living together. The State of Washington has a law against someone trying to interfere with reporting domestic violence.
Interfering with reporting domestic violence is when a person tries to prevent another from:
The person prevented from reporting the criminal act includes a witness to the domestic violence or victim.
First, the State has to show the defendant committed domestic violence. Prosecutors also have to show the defendant either attempted to or actually prevented the witness or victim from:
No. It’s considered to be a gross misdemeanor. A gross misdemeanor is the most serious charge of the classes of misdemeanor. It’s one step away from a felony because the defendant showed a blatant disregard for people’s safety or was seriously recklessness.
Yes. Contact a local criminal lawyer to fight your interference with domestic violence charge.
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