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Interfering With Reporting of Domestic Violence

Interfering with the Reporting of Domestic Violence in Washington requires an underlying offence of “Domestic Violence” to have been committed. Ashbach Law Offices, LLC has successfully handled many of these cases, including by dismissal of charges, reduction of charges, or “not guilty” verdict at trial. Generally, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the actor:
  • 1) Committed a crime of domestic violence, and
  • 2) Prevents or attempts to prevent the victim of or a witness to that domestic violence crime from calling a 911 emergency communication system, obtaining medical assistance, or making a report to any law enforcement official. (RCW RCW 9A.36.150)
"Domestic violence" means:
  • a) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault, between family or household members;
  • b) sexual assault of one family or household member by another; or
  • c) stalking as defined in RCW 9A.46.110 of one family or household member by another family or household member.
The definition of “family or household members” is quite expansive. It includes:
  • a) spouses,
  • b) domestic partners,
  • c) former spouses,
  • d) former domestic partners,
  • e) persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have been married or have lived together at any time,
  • f) adult persons related by blood or marriage,
  • g) adult persons who are presently residing together or who have resided together in the past,
  • h)  persons sixteen years of age or older who are presently residing together or who have resided together in the past and who have or have had a dating relationship,
  • i) persons sixteen years of age or older with whom a person sixteen years of age or older has or has had a dating relationship,
  • j) and persons who have a biological or legal parent-child relationship, including stepparents and stepchildren and grandparents and grandchildren
Ashbach Law Offices, LLC represents clients charged with criminal offenses in Northwest Washington Courts, including King County, Skagit County, Snohomish County and Whatcom County, as well as other counties on a case-by-case basis. These counties include courts in and for the following cities: Anacortes, Arlington, Auburn, Bellevue, Blaine, Bothell, Burlington, Edmonds, Everett, Issaquah, Kirkland, Lake Stevens, Lynden, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Mukilteo, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Monroe, Redmond, Sea-Tac, Seattle, Sedro Woolley, Shoreline, Snohomish, and Tukwila, Washington.
The Ashbach Law Offices, LLC represents clients charged focused on DUI – Driving Under the Influence, Reckless Driving, Negligent Driving, Driving with a Suspended License, Hit and Run, Assault, Domestic Violence, Drug Possession (including marijuana), and Paraphernalia Possession, Malicious Mischief, Public Disturbances like Disorderly Conduct, Theft, No-Contact Orders, Harassment, Probation Violation Hearings, as well as speeding tickets.