Lakewood, WA asked in Domestic Violence for Washington

Q: So my bf got arrested for domestic violence but i never pressed charge its the State but will that lead him to jail?

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Jason Powers
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  • Domestic Violence Lawyer
  • Mt Vernon, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: The State will be prosecuting him. Once a person calls 911, or maybe someone else did, and the police get involved you do not have the power to press charges. The prosecutor may take your thoughts into consideration on how the case is resolved. If your request is counter to what they think should happen, however, they my not listen to you at all. A domestic violence charge is a crime. Depending on the type of charge your boyfriend could face 90 - 364 days in jail, if it is a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor, or much more if it is a felony.

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