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Washington's Mandatory Arrest Law for Domestic Violence Calls

Posted by Kevin Trombold DUI Defense Attorney | Sep 15, 2015 | 0 Comments


Domestic violence situations almost invariably arise in the same way: The domestic violence accuser or a bystander calls 911 after a disturbance, and the police arrive. You and your accuser will be separated by the police and questioned about what happened that led up to the 911 call. If the officer determines that there's probable cause to believe that there was a domestic violence crime committed, you'll be arrested and taken to jail.

This can be an incredibly stressful and emotional time, especially if you know that the accusations of domestic violence are groundless. There are several important things to remember as all of this happens and after it's all over that can put your mind more at ease as things develop. If you keep these things in mind, they can help keep you from losing your temper and making things worse.

Firstly, it's important to remember that cops are required to make an arrest when they respond to a domestic violence call and have probable cause to think that there's been a domestic violence crime. Because of this mandatory arrest law, police are often quicker to make the decision to handcuff you and take you away than they would be in other situations.

Secondly, how the police investigate domestic violence calls is set up to lead to an arrest. When they respond to the call, law enforcement officers will separate you and the person accusing you of domestic violence and interview you each individually. This often results in a “he said, she said” situation, where both of your stories conflict with each other's. However, as long as police hear one of you – or a witness – say that domestic violence happened, then they have probable cause to believe that there was a domestic violence crime. It's a very low standard for you to be arrested.

Once you have been apprehended, it becomes crucial to remember that an arrest for domestic violence, though embarrassing and incredibly stressful, is still a far cry from a conviction for domestic violence. Being arrested only means that some police officer was able to believe that you might have done it or that sombody did something because they observed damaged property or red skin on someones body. That's it. For you to get convicted for domestic violence and face the penalties, a jury will have to know, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you committed the crime. The gap between one person believing you might have done it and a host of people not even doubting that you did it, is absolutely massive.

However, it's crucial that the gap doesn't occur. The best way to prevent that differentiation from happening is to hire the best domestic violence attorney in the state of Washington.

Attorney Kevin Trombold has tried numerous domestic violence cases throughout the state and has put together an impressive track record of successes and outright acquittals. Call the law offices of Kevin Trombold at 206-971-0067 to schedule an appointment and figure out how best to defend against a charge of domestic violence.


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Kevin Trombold DUI Defense Attorney

Highly rated by former clients, who praise his warm, knowledgeable courtside manner and his fierce determination to reduce or eliminate charges. An accomplished speaker, author, and leader in DUI defense statewide Kevin is well respected by judges, prosecutors, and other attorneys across the State of Washington for his expertise, integrity, and knowledge in the complicated forensic science area of impaired driving allegations.


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