Right to assistance

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Legislation, Domestic Violence - Alleged Victim

A statute provides that when a party alleging a violation of an order for protection states they are unable to afford private counsel and asks for assistance, the prosecuting attorney for the county or the attorney for the municipality must initiate and prosecute a contempt proceeding if there is probable cause to believe that the violation occurred.

Cite: Wash. Rev. Code ยง 26.50.120

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes