Many people facing domestic violence charges are unclear about the laws surrounding these laws. As stated in a post on The Law Dictionary, it is common for alleged victims want DV charges to be dropped. In Washington, a person can be accused of domestic violence regardless of what the alleged victim has to say. This means that, if a neighbor calls the police because of a fight that is going on next store and responding officers see evidence that violence occurred, charges can be filed. Knowing this, those accused may have questions as to what evidence is needed in a domestic violence case. In fact, anyone accused of a crime in Seattle should make sure that they fully understand the laws and issues surrounding their charges by calling a knowledgeable defense attorney.
In a domestic violence case, the prosecutor is responsible for deciding whether or not a person will be charged with a crime or crimes. They can go over police reports where domestic violence was suspected and decide if they feel there is enough evidence to warrant a charge. Similarly, a victim that alleges that they were abused may not need any further evidence to file a charge. Basically this means that, when it comes to domestic violence, there is a very small threshold of evidence needed.
.In cases where the victim does not want to corporate, the evidence will be taken from the police report and what the police officers witnesses when they responded to the call. This can be anything from visible wounds on the victim to damage observed on items at the scene such as a hole punched in the wall. They can also use testimony from neighbors who may have overhead the fight or other members who were in the household. The victim may be asked to testify as well and will be required to tell the truth of the events.
In cases where there is very little physical evidence, the prosecution will rely heavily on the testimony of the alleged victim as well as anyone who may have witness signs of violence in the past. In these cases, it can come down to he said versus she said making it essential to have an experienced defense lawyer fighting for you.
Domestic violence cases can be difficult to fight and those accused of these crimes are often looked down on by society. If you have been arrested for domestic violence in Seattle, make sure that you contact a defense lawyer with a proven track record of success.