Mandatory Arrest, it is the Law

What has become clear over the many years we have practiced criminal law at SQ Attorneys is that most Washington residents do not know that when police respond to a domestic violence situation they are required – under our laws – to arrest someone if they arrive on scene within 4 hours of the “911” call. Sometimes, as crazy as it may sound, both ‘participants’ are even arrested. Lest it be said, the police are not going to leave a DV scene without arresting at least one or more persons. This is a truly scary prospect when you consider that often the 911 call is not made in the hopes that a loved one get arrested. To the contrary, usually the call is made in the hopes of de-escalating a situation only; the thought is that if an officer comes they will mediate the situation. Sadly, this is not their job, and this is not at all what they will do. So, in short, be forewarned, if a 911 call is placed due to a family squabble or tiff, and the police arrive on scene … they are going to arrest one of the participants, and there is a solid chance the person arrested will be facing a criminal charge in our Washington criminal court system.

If you (or a loved one) find yourself facing a DV related criminal charge, it is infinitely important to immediately contact and hire a Seattle domestic violence attorney. The Seattle domestic violence attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified and reputable Seattle domestic violence lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those arrested for crime all across Western Washington and the Greater Puget Sound region. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the criminal allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible in light of all the surrounding circumstances of the given case. So, whether cited for domestic violence related assault, malicious mischief, property destruction or some other crime, protect yourself … call SQ Attorneys immediately at 206.441.0900.

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