Defending Against Assault Charges

If you have been charged with assault in Washington, the charge will fall under the definitions in the state law on assault. There are four degrees of assault defined in the statutes. They vary by:

  • Intent of the accused
  • Harm inflicted
  • Amount of force used
  • Use of weapon
  • And other factors

The penalties, of course, depend on the seriousness of the assault, and range from probationary sentences to years in prison.

Our Goal Is To Win

The goal in any criminal case, including assault, is to win the case. This may be achieved by dismissal or by acquittal at trial. Many cases are defensible. For example, the law allows the reasonable use of force in self-defense or in the defense of others. Likewise, reasonable force may be used to protect your property from theft or damage. We also often see cases where our clients use reasonable force to restrain others from engaging in potentially harmful conduct such as drunk driving or using drugs around children, just to name a few examples.

Even if your assault case is indefensible, you may have been overcharged. Even if you haven't been overcharged, the case may still be reduced by negotiation minimizing the impact on you and your family.

Contact An Attorney With Over 40 Years Of Defense Experience

Steve Thayer has over 35 years of experience successfully defending all kinds of assault cases. Based upon the results obtained he has been included in the list of Washington Super Lawyers, as voted by his peers in the Washington Law & Politics magazine survey, and has for many years been AV* rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and featured in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation if you have been charged with felony assault, criminal assault or any assault crime. Call 360-450-0872.

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