Edmonds, WA asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Washington

Q: My boyfriend got arrested for dv I’m wondering if it would be extremely beneficial to hire a lawyer or not?

Someone called the police on us and when they arrived @ his apartment I was packing my things to leave and didn’t want to speak to them at all but they kept pressing me for info and had kinda made up their minds up about what happened before they got there. We now have the mandatory protection order and I do not want to press charges at all and want the protection order dropped so we can continue to be together. During the time of his arrest we were both under a great amount of stress (we both had financial issues due to COVID-19 ) and things got really out of hand and that’s not the norm for us. I went and got the paperwork myself to get the order dropped but did some research on what I should write so a judge will actually consider it and upon doing the research saw a lot about how I should get a lawyer to handle the case if we want little or no jail time and continue to be together is this tru or could i do it

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Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Tacoma, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: Yes, your boyfriend definitely needs an attorney to fight for him as the consequences can be life changing. Unfortunately, the state can press charges against your wishes. You also need to be advised by an attorney. If you recant your statement made to police, you can be criminally charged with making a false police report. You can read more about it here: https://www.seattle-domesticviolence.com/false-reporting-of-domestic-violence/

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Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Moses Lake, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: It is absolutely crucial that he is represented by an experienced criminal defense attorney and that same attorney can advise you if you want. However, there are issues that you should consider separately and I believe that you should have a consultation with an attorney on your own so that you are informed and educated on the situation. Please he needs an experienced attorney NOW.

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