Leroy Hill entered into a stipulated order of continuance in Issaquah Municipal Court, meaning if the Seahawks linebacker successfully complies with the terms of the agreement, his domestic violence charge will be dismissed in 18 months.
A stipulated order of continuance is an agreement between a prosecutor and defendant in which the defendant agrees to certain conditions and the prosecutor agrees to continue the case. Hill must commit no other criminal violations and complete a one-year domestic violence treatment program.
Hill’s not guilty plea stays on the court record, his attorney, Jon Fox, explained, and if he meets the terms of the SOC, the charge will be dismissed. If Hill is in violates the agreement, a judge then reads the police report and makes a ruling without a trial.
Hill, a starting outside linebacker for the past five seasons in Seattle, was arrested in April after an alleged altercation with his girlfriend in his Issaquah home. That arrest came less than two weeks after he had entered a guilty plea in Georgia for a 2009 marijuana charge.
The no-contact order between Hill and the alleged victim was amended Wednesday to permit phone contact, and will be lifted entirely once he shows he has enrolled in the domestic violence program.
Hill is currently sidelined with a sprained knee, and is facing a one-game suspension to start the season because of the marijuana charge. The league could still decide to punish him further for the domestic violence charge, even without a conviction.
“Leroy wanted to resolve this as early as possible so as to minimize any distraction to the team,” Fox said.