Domestic violence crimes can occur in any type of household from wealthy entrepreneurs to middle-class working families. Even role models and famous athletes can be accused of committing domestic violence. The Seattle Times discusses a story in which soccer star Hope Solo was recently arrested for allegedly committing domestic violence after an alteration took place during a family gathering at her sister's home in Kirkland. On June 21, 2014, the author wrote:
Kirkland police Lt. Mike Murray said this morning that officers were called to the home because of an assault and a noise disturbance.
Solo, who is known for winning 2 gold medals on the women's Olympic team and for appearing on “Dancing with the Stars”, allegedly, struck her sister and her nephew leading to the police being called. Once at the scene, Lt. Murray stated that there were injuries visible on both alleged victims. After investigation, police believe that Solo was intoxicated and was the aggressor in the fight. Police were called by the family after she refused to leave the home and caused visible injury to her sister and 17 year old nephew.
Solo was taken into custody and charged with 2 counts of domestic violence assault in the 4th degree. She later pled not guilty to the charges and a court trial date was set for the middle of August. In the meantime, a no contact order was placed to bar Solo from contacting her sister and nephew and she is required to abstain from consuming alcohol. If she is convicted, she faces mandatory batterer's treatment among other penalties. Perhaps the greatest consequences, however, will be damage to her reputation. If found guilty, she could face being relieved of her position as the goaltender for the Seattle Reign FC. Any domestic violence charge is a serious accusation and should not be taken lightly. If you have been arrested for suspicion of domestic violence in Washington, call a defense lawyer right away.