The crime of “interfering with reporting of domestic violence” is a commonly joined offense with an underlying charged of domestic violence. Pursuant to RCW 9A.36.150, this occurs when an individual commits a crime of domestic violence as defined by RCW 10.99.020 and then “attempts” to prevent the victim, or any witness to the domestic violence crime from:
- calling a 911 emergency communication system;
- obtaining medical assistance;
- making a report to any law enforcement official.
It is a necessary element to this charge that a crime of domestic violence has occurred prior to the alleged interference with reporting. This means that in order to be convicted of this crime, the underlying domestic violence crime must first be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
If you have questions regarding the elements of this offense or need the assistance of a Washington domestic violence lawyer, contact the DV attorneys at Milios Defense. We can provide a free consultation to help ensure that you are making the best possible decisions in your DV defense.