In Washington State, a person will be charged with this crime if they commit a crime of domestic violence AND prevent or attempt to prevent the alleged victim or a witness from calling 911, making a police report, or receiving medical assistance. A necessary element of this crime is that an act of domestic violence must have occurred prior to the suspected interfering.
Can I go to jail for this crime?
Yes, you can. Your outcome will depend on the facts of your case, your criminal history, and the quality of your legal representation. In WA State, this crime is a gross misdemeanor, which means that there is a maximum sentence of 364 days in jail and a $5000 fine. An arrest could also result in the issuance of a No Contact Order, probation, electronic home monitoring, and court ordered treatment for substance abuse.
If convicted, will I lose my gun rights?
Certain domestic violence convictions can result in the loss of firearm rights, but interfering with the reporting of domestic violence is not one of them. However, if the underlying domestic violence charge that was being reported is violent in nature, your gun rights could be lost.
Will a conviction affect my ability to get a job, housing, or travel?
It can. Click here to read about the non-criminal consequences of DV.
What is the best way to win my case?
There are two cases involved. The underlying domestic violence case and the the interfering with DV case. If you win the underlying DV case, you also win the interfering with the reporting of DV case. If the underlying DV case is not won, the interfering case can still be won and defended separately.
At Beckwith DV Law, we have a proven track record for defending all charges that relate to domestic violence. We fight charges in Puget Sound courts that include Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Tacoma, and Olympia, WA. Call us today for a free consultation.