To convict a person of a Washington crime, the state must prove each element of that crime. In a recent case, a defendant appealed a conviction for felony violation of a domestic violence no-contact order, arguing the state had not shown he had knowingly violated a no-contact order.
According to the appeals court’s opinion, the defendant went to his grandmother’s home on September 24, 2020. He asked to come in for a shower and some food. The grandmother let him in, but told him she would call the sheriff because he was “not supposed to be [t]here.” When officers arrived, they arrested the defendant.
A domestic violence no-contact order had been entered against him on June 14, 2019, prohibiting from contacting his grandmother or coming within 1,000 feet of her home. The order was still in effect in September 2020. The defendant had been convicted of violating a court order two previous times, so he was charged with felony violation of the no-contact order.