Most couples quarrel from time to time, but when arguments turn violent, domestic violence charges can be brought against one or both of the parties involved. A person accused in a domestic violence event can face fines, jail time and a damaged reputation.
A Seattle police officer who was charged with violating a domestic violence no-contact court order has the opportunity to have the charges dropped against him if he follows the court requirements. In June of last year, the officer was charged with domestic violence for assaulting his wife. He was acquitted, but while awaiting trial, he was also charged with violating a no-contact order when he was allegedly seen in his car with his wife.
If the officer complies with the certain court requirements, the no-contact order charge could be dropped in one year. The stipulations include not possessing a firearm other than the officer's service revolver, paying court costs and not violating criminal law. The case has not jeopardized the officer's job, but he was removed from an active captain's position on a police department task force that was charged with overhauling the Seattle Police Department.
As this police officer can attest, domestic violence allegations can carry serious consequences. Any person who faces such charges should learn as much about the charges levied and the possible outcomes in case of a conviction while consulting a criminal defense attorney who can help guide them through the legal complexities. A knowledgeable attorney will be vital in building a solid defense.
Source: The Seattle Times, "Domestic-violence charge against Seattle cop may be dropped," Jennifer Sullivan, Feb. 8, 2013