There are four different degrees of Assault charges in Washington. Whether you are charged with Assault in the First, Second, Third, or Fourth Degree depends on the alleged facts. It doesn’t take much for the state to charge an assault. The circumstances can be as simple as contact that another person finds offensive or harmful. If the alleged victim is a family or household member, the Assault can be considered "Domestic Violence" or "DV."
The attorneys at the Hester Law Group are very familiar with all degrees of assault. We have tried assault cases in Pierce County and many other counties throughout Washington State. We are familiar with the many defenses to assault, such as self-defense.
Assault charges oftentimes include consequences that can have a lasting impact on a person. They can constitute strikes, and they can constitute grounds that prevent a person from later cleaning up their record. It is not unusual for assault charges to have additional sentencing consequences when weapons were involved. No-contact orders are frequently sought by prosecutors in these cases. If the charge is a domestic-violence assault between spouses, these no-contact or protection orders can cause great hardship. If you find yourself in this situation, you need an aggressive attorney who knows how to navigate such sensitive scenarios.
The Hester Law Group attorneys have significant experience managing and trying assault cases in Pierce County, King County, Kitsap County, Thurston County, and all of the cities in those areas. We are very familiar with how to handle assault charges in Gig Harbor, Puyallup, Federal Way, Tacoma Municipal Court, Lakewood, Milton, Fife, Sumner, Bonney Lake, Buckley, and Port Orchard, to name a few.