Answering text from ex could result in jail time

A man responds to drunken text message, gets placed in police custody... A local man (we will call him JJ) has a few beers and goes to bed. He receives a strange text message on his phone. He probably does not recognize the number, or perhaps it is a different number. Maybe he deleted it off his contacts for some reason... He unwittingly answers. Minutes later there's a knock on his door. It's the police.

The No Contact Order. In alleged domestic violence (DV) cases, Washington courts routinely initiate a no-contact order, regardless of the wishes of the alleged victim. An alleged victim can even insist that they will not press charges, and actively fight the proceedings. It is still up to the courts to decide. Perhaps JJ is unaware that he has a protection order or the full extent of the controls and limitations. Evidently, any type of communication, including a response to a text message asking for help, is considered a Gross Misdemeanor, and JJ may be subject to fines, Community Service, and/or jail time. He will be put into Secure Detention at the Corrections Bureau Housing Facility until everything is sorted out.

"...occasionally we run across alleged victims of domestic violence who, for a variety of reason, are seeking revenge on the defendant.  These people tend to use no-contact order as a sword instead of a shield.  They cajole the defendant into making contact and then report the contact to law enforcement.  This behavior is not the norm but it does occur. " ´╗┐Reference:

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