Question and released for domestic violence

Asked over 2 years ago - Olympia, WA

And then went to hospital only for the police to say I was charged with domestic violence. But earlier the police said I wasn't being charged. I was the free to go. Why didn't he arrest me if he told me I was charged?

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  1. Mark L. Alexander

    Contributor Level 14


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . Charges can be filed with the court, even if you are not arrested.

    These are serious charges, with far-reaching consequences. Consult an experienced attorney ASAP.

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  2. Derek Michael Smith

    Contributor Level 16


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    Answered . Police may not have grounds to arrest you at one time, then get them with more information later. Get an attorney to assist you in defending the case.

  3. James J White


    Contributor Level 17

    Answered . The police have broad discretion in their arrest decisions. Even on a domestic violence with mandatory arrest the Officer has discretion again after a certain amount of time. You may not have been charged earlier merely because they did not have the paperwork prepared yet. Contact an attorney right away. A DV charge can haunt your career, housing applications and life.
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