Most Spokane residents probably have a vague understanding of domestic violence as a crime. Most men and women already know that physically assaulting or abusing their partner is a crime, but there is much more to domestic violence than illegal physical contact. Interfering with the reporting of domestic violence is also considered a crime in the state of Washington.
In order to be charged with interfering with the reporting of domestic violence, there must first be an incidence of domestic violence. Washington defines domestic violence in an extensive number of ways, but an experienced criminal defense attorney can help a defendant understand the criminal charges against them. A person charged with interference must also have prevented, or tried to prevent, the victim or a witness from seeking help. The help can be in the form of dialing 911, going to the police or seeking medical attention.