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I would like to know if it is illegal to prevent someone from calling the police during a physical struggle

Lawyer's Assistant: Have any charges been filed? If so, when is the next court date?

Between a father and son

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Washington state

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This case has long been dismissed with prejudice It occurred in 2014

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Criminal Lawyer: Zoey_ JD, JustAnswer Criminal Law Mentor replied 4 months ago

Yes, a person can be charged for this. As to whether or not he can be convicted, that would depend on the particular facts and circumstances of the struggle and of the law in a particular state.

I have seen people successfully prosecuted for a domestic assault for using physical force to try to take a phone away. Also various states have statutes that criminalize trying to prevent someone from making a 911 call.

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Just checking in to see if you need more help or any clarification of my answer. If so, please reply here on this question thread.

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