September 05, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Most couples go through events at one point or another that place a strain upon their relationship. Circumstances can escalate to the point where one party to a heated argument calls 911, regardless of whether a crime occurred or not. Often this is in a misguided attempt to have the police act as a mediator or "referee" to the dispute. Regardless of a person's intent in calling 911, the police approach 911 calls to domestic disputes as a potential criminal investigation, which can ultimately lead to allegations of physical abuse.
When police are called to a scene where domestic violence
is alleged to have occurred in Washington, they are required to make an arrest if they determine there is probable cause that a domestic violence offense has been committed. More often than not, this means that one of the parties will be going to jail, even if the other party does not want this individual arrested or removed from the home.
Before an individual accused of domestic violence is released from jail, a judicial officer routinely enters a pre-trial No Contact Order prohibiting them from have any contact with the alleged victim even in situations where there is no prior criminal history or the alleged victim indicates they do not want the No Contact Order entered. This means that the individual cannot contact the victim, either in-person, over the phone, by e-mail or text until the judge lifts the order. In certain circumstances, this can be a matter of months or years.
These orders go into effect without a trial, and can make it extremely difficult for the individuals accused of the offense. They will often need to find a new place to live, and may see their ability to spend time with their children restricted. In some instances, they may work in the same place as the alleged victims, which could threaten or disrupt their employment status.
In these situations, the accused has few avenues available to contest the order that has been put in place. If they violate the order, they can find themselves facing significant jail time, and they can also jeopardize their pending cases as well.
It is important that these individuals contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to learn what they should do in these situations. An attorney can help get these orders removed or modified, making it easier for these individuals to see their children or return to their homes.
If you have been accused of domestic violence, you should immediately contact an attorney to help you with your case. You need someone who understands the complexities of that accompany domestic violence arrests, and can help you protect yourself at this time.
Do not believe that you can talk these cases away - police and prosecutors take these cases extremely seriously. Once they have decided to arrest you, you can expect to face charges for the incident. You will want to tell them your side of the story, but they can use this against you. Working with an attorney will allow you to present a strong defense against these allegations.
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