Representation from Experienced Assault Attorneys in Kent, Lynnwood, and Everett, WA
There are many different types of assault, with some charges being more serious than others. Often, assault matters come down to one person’s story against another’s. At Feldman & Lee PS, we take all sides into account. We conduct a comprehensive review of physical evidence and witness testimony, as well as the laws and criminal procedures that are likely to affect your case. Only after we have a thorough understanding of your case do we form a tailored strategy for protecting your freedom and your rights. Then, we work to put these solutions into action.
Washington state considers assault as a serious crime, and a conviction can have long-term ramifications that include the possibility of serving jail time.
When faced with an assault charge, contact an experienced defense attorney who will aggressively fight the charge on your behalf. Skillful representation and stalwart defense can be your best hope for successfully protecting your freedom and ultimately, your future. Don’t gamble with your future by hiring a lawyer with no experience representing clients in assault cases.
Feldman & Lee, PS has almost two decades of experience representing clients who have been accused of misdemeanor assault, felony assault, and similar crimes. We have offices in Kent, Lynnwood, and Marysville, and we also serve clients in Everett.
With decades of experience, our criminal defense lawyers negotiate favorable deals on your behalf. In instances where it is not possible to dismiss the case, we work hard to keep the assault off your record – and you, out of jail. The process may involve court appearances or negotiations with prosecutors – but whatever it takes, you can rest assured that we’ll keep your rights protected and we are dedicated to achieving favorable results for you.
Understanding Assault in Washington State
Assault charges are divided into four degrees depending on the level of seriousness of the assault and the corresponding penalties. Of these, First Degree Assault is the most serious.
In the most basic sense, a party is guilty of first-degree assault if the actions were carried out with the “intent to inflict great bodily harm.” First degree assaults include forceful actions that resulted in great bodily harm or death, as well as transmitting HIV to another person. An assault in this degree is a class A felony and if proven guilty, the defendant can serve a maximum sentence of life in prison and a fine of $50,000.
Assault in the second degree is the next most serious charge for basic assault. Second degree assault is a class B felony with a maximum sentence of ten years of jail time and a $20,000 fine. Additionally, a sexually-motivated assault in the second degree automatically escalates to a class A felony.
Meanwhile, third-degree assault pertains to assaults on certain public employees including law enforcement officers, firefighters, health care providers, and court officers. Finally, an assault can be classified under fourth degree if the circumstances do not amount to first, second, or third-degree assault, or custodial assault.
Assault With A Deadly Weapon
Weapons Charges almost never come alone. Simply getting charged with a weapons violation could lead to permanent firearm restrictions, mandatory sentence enhancements and even prison time. Weapons violations usually accompany other criminal activity such as assaults, drug charges, DUI’s, disorderly conduct and domestic violence cases. If you have been arrested for possession of a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm or any type of felony firearm violation, contact the Law Offices of Feldman & Lee to speak to an attorney today.
Restraining Order, Probation Order Violations
Feldman & Lee, PS also handles cases that involve restraining order and probation violations. There is little one can do to rescind a restraining order, even when the other party changes their mind. In the event the two parties are seen talking to each other in a public area, you may face a violation. If you have been accused of violating a restraining order, count on our attorneys to provide the quality representation that you need. We have helped many individuals in similar circumstances see positive results. Let us help you.
Legal Defenses for Assault Charges
Often, assault cases rely heavily on the witness’s accounts of the incident. It’s imperative for an individual charged with assault to seek counsel of a criminal defense attorney who has experience handling similar cases. Our attorneys at Feldman & Lee, PS are familiar with the dynamics of assault cases. Our knowledge and experience allows us to develop evidence and biases that can successfully challenge the witness’s credibility.
As lawyers who have knowledge of forensics and other investigative techniques, we are in a unique position to carry out investigations that prove the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. Typically, we begin the investigation of the case before our client is officially charged with a crime, helping us build a strong defense.
Note that the state law allows individuals to use force in order to protect themselves in a situation where they reasonably believe that a person is about to seriously injure them. If an individual used force to prevent “malicious interference” with their personal property or to detain another person who plans to trespass on their property, or to prevent a mentally challenged person from doing harm to others, our attorneys can help gather evidence to support this claim.
Quality Representation in Assault Cases
Almost 20 years of handling criminal cases have provided our legal team with the skill and knowledge necessary in representing assault charges. Our defense attorneys work hard to uncover the truth behind the accusations against you, so we can aggressively protect your rights. We understand that criminal charges can have long-term, life-changing effects. That is why you can count on us to be steadfast in pursuing the best possible resolution for your case.
Contact us at Feldman & Lee, PS today for help understanding the complexities surrounding your assault case. We have offices in Kent, Lynnwood, and Marysville, and we also serve clients in Everett. The initial consultation with one of our attorneys is always free — call us today.