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

Q: What are the chances of getting a domestic violence assault in the 2nd dropped to 4th if I complete a dv class w/o order

I have no previous record,girlfriend and I got into argument she started kicking me so I grabbed her by the back of the neck and pushed her aside so I could leave. I immediately called 911 and explained what happened and told them where I'd be since I was leaving home to avoid it escalating. If I complete a dv class and anger management on my own without being court ordered is it likely I can get it reduced to assault 4 instead of a 2

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

A: Hello, unfortunately it’s not a simple process to reduce a felony to a misdemeanor or to convince the prosecutor to drop charges…even if the alleged victim doesn’t want the charges. Sometimes an effective self-defense argument can be made….but a criminal defense attorney should carefully tell your side of the story. An attorney would at the very least need to read the police report before advising you on an option such as treatment.

It is a good idea to take advantage of an attorney phone consultation. Most of us offer this consultation for free. Best of luck.

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