Washington Assault Attorney
Have you been charged with Assault? let Weber Law help you.
In Washington, being found charged with assault can lead to many issues including a blemish on record, or having a hard time finding a job because of your record. Do not face these charges alone!
Washington Assault Charges and Penalties
What is Assault?
There are different degrees of assault in Washington.
A person is guilty of assault in the first degree when he or she intends to inflict great bodily harm and (a) assaults another with a firearm or any deadly weapon or by any force or means likely to produce great bodily harm or death; or (b) transmits HIV to a child or vulnerable adult; or (c) administers, exposes, or transmits to or causes to be taken by another, poison, or any other destructive or noxious substances; or (d) assaults another and inflicts great bodily harm.
A person is guilty of assault in the second degree if he or she, under circumstances not amounting to assault in the first degree (a) intentionally assaults another and thereby recklessly inflicts substantial bodily harm; or (b) intentionally and unlawfully causes substantial bodily harm to an unborn child by intentionally and unlawfully inflicting any injury upon the mother or such; or (c) assaults another with a deadly weapon; (d) with intent to commit a felony assaults another; or (e) assaults another by strangulation or suffocation.
A person is guilty of assault in the third degree if he or she, under circumstances not amounting to assault in the first or second degree: (a) with intent to prevent or resist the execution of any lawful process or mandate of any court officer; or (b) assaults a person employed as a transit operator or driver while that person is performing his or her official duties at the time of the assault; or (c) assaults a school bus driver while that person is performing his or her official duties at the time of the assault; or (d) with criminal negligence, causes bodily harm to another person by means of a weapon or other instrument or thing likely to produce bodily harm; or (e) assaults a judicial officer, court-related employee, county clerk, or county clerk’s employee, while that person is performing his or her official duties at the time of the assault; or (f) assaults a peace officer with a projectile stun gun; or (g) assaults a nurse, physician, or health care provider who was performing his or her duties at the time of the assault.
A person is guilty of assault in the fourth degree if, under circumstances not amounting to assault in the first, second, or third degree, or custodial assault, he or she assaults another.
A person is guilty of sexually motivated assault when they commit the crime of assault and there is proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused committed the crime with a sexual motivation.
What is the Punishment?
Assault in the first degree and second degree with sexual motivation are class A felonies. Assault in the third degree with sexual motivation is a class C felony. Assault in the fourth degree is a gross misdemeanor.
A class A felony is punishable by life imprisonment, a fine of not more than $50,000.00, or by both.
A class C felony is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years, a fine of not more than $10,000.00, or by both.
A gross misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment for up to 364 days, or by a fine of up to $5,000.00, or both.
Additionally, if you have been convicted of a sex crime, Washington can require you to register as a sex offender. Any adult residing whether or not the person has a fixed residence, or who is a student, is employed, or works in the State of Washington, who has been found to have committed or has been convicted of any sex offense, shall register with the county sheriff for the county of the person’s residence.
Even as a Defendant of a Crime, you still have Rights! Make sure yours were not violated!
Even as an individual facing criminal charges, you have rights. It is important to know those rights and make sure that they were not violated in any way when you were arrested or charged. Without extensive knowledge of your rights when it comes to police searches, Miranda rights, and your rights when it comes to arrest, it is extremely difficult to get a dismissal or reduction of your charges. Do not try and fight these charges on your own, Weber Law is ready to help you today.
Contact Weber Law immediately if you’ve been arrested on an assault charge. We offer a free confidential case evaluation – serving Seattle and the surrounding areas.
How can you fight a charge of Assault, and how can Weber Law help?
It can be scary and nerve wracking to have criminal charges on your record, but it has an added severity when a decade in prison and the stigma of committing assault is the outcome. The court system can be intimidating, and without good legal help, the consequences can be devastating. Our experienced team is comfortable looking at evidence, negotiating potential plea agreements, and defending you in court. There are ways to fight the allegation of assault. Weber Law will look at all the evidence available to the different aspects you could have been charged with, including but not limited to, speaking to potential witnesses, the circumstances surrounding the allegation, and even your criminal record. Weber Law will work to lower your charge or sentence. We will fight for you to keep your record clean. Assault, no matter the circumstances, is not a charge that you want to fight alone, let our team of experienced attorneys help you navigate the criminal justice system. If you or someone you know has been charged with assault, no matter the degree, contact Weber Law for a consultation today.
WA ST § 9a.36.011, Assault in the first degree
WA ST § 9a.36.021, Assault in the second degree
WA ST § 9a.36.031, Assault in the third degree
WA ST § 9A.36.041. Assault in the fourth degree
WA ST § 9A.20.021, Maximum sentences for crimes committed July 1, 1984, and after
WA ST § 9.94A.835, Special allegation – Sexual motivation — Procedures
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