'Crime Free Housing' – Havoc for Those charged with DV

How is it possible that a domestic violence allegation can wreck absolute havoc in a person’s living situation? Sadly, it is more common than not. A simple call for police assistance so as to de-escalate a family squabble will likely land one of the involved parties in jail … and charged with a domestic violence related crime. Often while the case is pending a no contact order is issued. In turn, the person charged (the Defendant) is suddenly homeless, and finding a new home is not as easy as one might hope. This is so because a domestic violence charge often impacts one’s ability to rent; landlords often refuse to take on new tenants facing the prospect of a DV conviction.

Many housing opportunities include a ‘Crime Free Housing’ clause/ policy. A common practice for landlords everywhere is to screen potential tenants for criminal records. An offense like domestic violence on a person’s record could leave the hopeful tenant out of the landlord’s selection process, and without a viable place to live. In fact, it happens quite often; it is the norm, not the exception. The reality is that if a person has a criminal record, even if the conviction is over a simple misunderstanding, he can, and most likely will, be denied housing.

Moreover, If a person is currently leasing his dwelling, the lease agreement (inclusive of a crime free clause) may very well authorize the landlord to evict the person if charged, cited or convicted of a domestic violence related crime; a breach of the lease agreement provides ‘just cause’ for the landlord to proceed with an eviction suit. In other words, a person could be breaking his lease agreement by being charged with a crime.

It should go without saying, but if you or a loved has been arrested for a domestic violence related crime in Washington State immediately contact a Seattle domestic violence criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and interests. The Seattle domestic violence criminal defense attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified and reputable Seattle domestic violence criminal defense lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those arrested for crime all across Western Washington and the Greater Puget Sound region. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the criminal allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible in light of all the surrounding circumstances of the given case. So, whether cited for domestic violence related malicious mischief, assault, property destruction or some other crime, protect yourself … call SQ Attorneys immediately.

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