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Facing Assault Charges in Washington

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If you’ve been charged with assault you could face serious penalties that might include jail time, fines and more. The penalties will depend on the level of your charges, as well as the details of your case. So it’s important to review the different types of assault charges with your criminal defense attorney and go over possible defenses applicable to your case.

If you or a loved one has been accused of assault in Tacoma, don’t hesitate to call us at (253) 217-4849.

Types of Assault Charges in Washington

There are several types of assault-related charges in Washington:

  • Assault in the first degree includes assault with a firearm or weapon or with great force likely to cause serious bodily harm or death.
  • Assault in the second degree is similar but may cause substantial bodily harm or involves suffocation, strangulation or administration of poison.
  • Less serious charges include assault in the third degree and in the fourth degree.

Chapter 9A.36 of the Revised Code of Washington outlines other types of assault charges as well. Charges of reckless endangerment, for example, may apply if an individual “creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to another person,” according to RCW 9A.36.050.

Assault in the first degree is a Class A felony, in the second degree is a Class B felony, in the third degree is a Class C felony, and in the fourth degree and reckless endangerment are gross misdemeanors. Discuss the degree of assault with which you’ve been charged, as well as possible penalties, with your attorney.

What are some possible defenses if I’m facing assault charges?

Some of the following may be used in your defense:

  • Self-defense
  • Defense of others
  • Defense of property
  • Ejecting an unlawful person from a passenger vehicle.

Probably the most common type of defense in an assault case is that of self-defense. It is important to understand that the laws of criminal assault cases in Washington are complex. It is advisable to speak with a qualified attorney about the particular situation surrounding your assault case.

Another common defense against criminal assault charges arises out of the defense of others. RCW 9A.16.020(3) specifically state that force may be implemented “[w]henever used by a party about to be injured, or by another lawfully aiding him or her, in preventing or attempting to prevent an offense.”

How an Attorney Can Help with an Assault Charge

Have you been charged with an assault in the Tacoma, Wash., area? Attorney Daryl L. Graves has been providing legal defense since 1979 and will help you build a defense against assault charges. We will begin by gathering all the facts of your case. We will carry out a thorough investigation into the facts surrounding your case and analyze all the evidence.

With these facts gathered, we will start to build your defense. Throughout the proceedings, we will advocate for you and advise you on the best course of action to take at every point. If you are charged or arrested for any type of assault in the Tacoma area, contact Daryl L. Graves to review your options as soon as possible.

Give us a call at (253) 217-4849 if you are ever in need of legal defense.

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