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

Q: My boyfriend and I are involved in a DV case and he had a court date this week but missed it

Is there anything he can do to fix this? If not what is in store for him? I still want to be with him and am so afraid that we won’t legally be able to. He hasn’t hired a lawyer because he can’t afford one... I myself have filed to get the no contact order dropped and we have a court date in a couple weeks and I’m nervous about what will happen then. Also when he got arrested it was someone in his building who called the cops and when they came I was trying to leave and didn’t want to speak to them and felt forced to. I was very mentally distressed and feel that I was not in the right frame of mind to give a statement and honestly don’t remember what I even wrote and feel it came more from an emotional POV vs factual...is there anything I can do without getting in trouble to fix this?

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

A: Be very careful. If you attempt to change your story, you could be charged with making a false or misleading statement or obstruction of justice. Also, remaining in contact with your boyfriend puts him at risk for a violation of the No Contact Order.

Nadine Bertman agrees with this answer

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

A: This is a big deal. He needs to get a public defender appointed to him or hire an experienced criminal defense attorney now. Explanations and important conversations need to be done so that he is protected.

You also could consult with an attorney to answer questions concerning your potential issues here.

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