Being charged with assault can come as a surprise to many people. Sometimes arguments get heated and escalate. Sometimes, even when acting in defense or mutual combat, you could be surprised with an assault charge. We know that being surprised with a criminal charge can create a lot of emotions. Our Washington Criminal Defense Assault Attorneys are here to support you as we move through the criminal justice system.
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." Our attorneys are very familiar with defending all 4 levels of assault charges throughout the state of Washington.
Similarly, defenses to assault depend, in large part, on the facts. Our experienced Washington Criminal Defense Assault Attorneys know how to gather evidence, find witnesses and prepare your case to bring out all of the relevant facts in trial. In addition, we are fully prepared to handle appeals of assault cases. Rather than dealing with the expense and headache of finding a separate appellate attorney who is unfamiliar with you and your case, we can continue to represent you and fight for you. We petition, write and argue direct appeals, personal restraint petitions and writs of habeas corpus for our clients.
Assault charges oftentimes include consequences that can have a lasting impact on a person. They can constitute strikes under Washington’s Three Strikes rule, which can have life-long consequences. Assault charges can also 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. In addition, 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, particularly when there are children involved. If you find yourself in this situation, you need an aggressive attorney who knows how to navigate such sensitive scenarios. Our attorneys have the experience and skills necessary to fight for you and your rights.
Our focus is on our clients and their goals. We will guide you to make decisions based on your goals. Our top goal is always to have the assault charges dismissed. However, we understand your priorities may be avoiding jail time, avoiding a fine or avoiding a conviction on your criminal record. We will navigate negotiating any agreements based on your priorities. As a client of any of our Washington Criminal Defense Assault Attorneys, you can expect to be fully involved in your case and to fully understand everything that happens. Here at Hester Law Group, we have a client-centered approach and are committed to always focusing our case strategy around our clients.
At Hester Law Group, our Washington Criminal Defense Assault Attorneys provide the customer service of a small firm with the experience and knowledge of a larger firm. We put our clients first and will put all of our experience, knowledge and skills to fight for you.
We know this process can feel intimidating and overwhelming, and we know you want to make sure you have the right attorney on your side. Because of this, we offer free consultations. Contact us today to ensure you have the best criminal defense attorneys by your side.