Situations like a heated argument can easily get out of hand. Incidents that result in assault charges can happen between strangers, friends, family, and couples, and may include slapping, shoving, pushing, or more serious actions such as strangulation. When the police get involved and investigate if a crime occurred, you could be facing Assault and/or Domestic Violence charges. You need an experienced assault criminal defense attorney on your side to ensure that you are treated fairly and can obtain the best possible outcome. At Powers Law Group, we defend clients charged with assault in Skagit County, Island County, and Whatcom County, including the cities of Burlington, Mount Vernon, Anacortes, Sedro Woolley, and Oak Harbor.
People can be charged with assault even if they were not the aggressor or were simply defending themselves against an attack from another person. In many cases, charges are filed against the wishes of a loved one and you could be forbidden contact with that person through a No Contact Order. These No Contact Orders can sometimes even prevent you from staying at your residence. Hiring an experienced assault defense lawyer that can help you navigate both the actual criminal charge itself as well as the No Contact Order could be the difference in living in your home or being forced to stay somewhere else.
Washington has many different charges for assault, including assault in the first, second, third, and fourth degree, and assault of a child in the first, second, and third degree. These charges can also have a domestic violence tag added to them, which can increase penalties. Assault in the first, second, and third degree and assault of a child in the first, second, and third degree are felonies. Assault in the fourth degree is a misdemeanor. Other crimes that are under the assault section of Washington’s criminal code include drive-by shooting, promoting a suicide attempt, and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence. Interfering with the reporting of domestic violence is a charge we see often, especially if a victim is prevented from using his or her cell phone to call 911 or seek medical assistance.
The consequences of an assault conviction are severe, which is why you need an experienced defense attorney to handle your case. The penalties that can be imposed range from probation and fines to prison time, depending on the actual charge, the severity of the crime, and your criminal history. If you are convicted, your freedom, employment, housing, and even child custody agreements can be affected. Don't risk losing your job, freedom, or your child. An assault defense lawyer from our firm will fight for your rights and help minimize the impact on your life.
If you have been charged with assault in Skagit County, Island County, and Whatcom County, including the cities of Burlington, Mount Vernon, Anacortes, Sedro Woolley, and Oak Harbor. don't wait to contact a defense attorney. We encourage you to read more about our firm and the legal services we provide for our clients. Contact our office today at 360-419-0809 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with an assault defense lawyer.