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Mandatory Arrests for Kansas Domestic Violence

Mandatory Arrests for Kansas Domestic Violence

Domestic violence disputes are taken seriously, no matter which state you live in. According to Kansas law, when a household dispute leads to a call to the police, law enforcement is required to arrest any party that has been accused of instigating the incident. Additionally, whether or not the other party wants to press charges, the police can still make an arrest.

Under the Domestic Violence Model Law Enforcement Response Policy, police are expected to respond to a domestic violence call by providing protection and support to all adults and children victims of domestic violence. Officers must investigate the alleged charges and arrest the individual who most likely committed domestic violence.

For instance, let’s say a married couple is fighting with each other and the wife punches her husband. The husband screams in response, which is heard by a neighbor. When law enforcement arrives, they determine that the wife actually struck her husband and arrest her, despite the fact that the husband suffered no significant injury and did not seek to press charges against his wife. Even the most minor disputes can result in a complex legal matter because of the mandatory arrest law.

As you can imagine, this law leaves plenty of room for unfair arrests. A first-time domestic violence conviction is punishable by a maximum jail sentence of six months, a fine of up to $500, and additional penalties.

If you have been arrested for or charged with domestic violence in Kansas, our Kansas City sex crime attorney at Stein Law, LLC to protect your rights and future. Even mere allegations of domestic violence can cause irreparable harm to your personal and professional reputation.

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