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Defending Against Assault Charges in Washington

If you have been accused of assault, you need to secure serious legal representation from me, a Seattle assault lawyer, who can match the seriousness of your charge. Individuals convicted of assault may be penalized with fines, a criminal record, and jail time.

Assault doesn't necessarily have to involve a weapon or actual physical harm to lead to charges. The mere act of threatening or making someone believe that physical harm is imminent is also considered to be a form of assault. Most of these incidents occur when individuals are in a provoked state. Unfortunately, even the smallest lapse in judgment can cost you everything. 

Contact our Seattle assault defense lawyer online or call (206) 895-6800 for your free consultation today.

How to Defend Against Assault Charges

Whether you are charged with assault in the first degree or the fourth degree, I am here to help you get through this difficult and overwhelming experience. After carefully reviewing all the details of your arrest, I may be able to prove that your actions were out of self-defense or in defense of someone else. The chances of walking away with a favorable result greatly increase when you hire an experienced law firm such as mine. If convicted, your criminal record could inhibit your ability to find work. Don't let this happen to you.

Can I Go to Jail For 4th Degree Assault?

In Washington state, fourth-degree assault is the lowest level of assault also known as gross misdemeanor assault. Assault in the fourth degree is a gross misdemeanor described by law as “the mere unwanted, intentional touching of one person by another”. For example, it can be a pinch, a push a slap, or anything that may be considered a simple touch, even if there are no visible signs of bruising or marks. It is enough for someone to allege that they were assaulted or “touched” in a way they didn’t wish to be touched. A conviction for fourth-degree assault can be punished by a $5,000 fine and up to 364 days in jail.

What are the Penalties for Assault in Washington?

The amount of jail time that you can be sentenced to depends on the degree of assault you are charged with. If found guilty at trial or a plea of guilty of fourth-degree assault, a gross misdemeanor, you may be sentenced up to a maximum of 364 days in jail and a maximum $5,000.00 fine.

More serious assaults, such as felonies in the 1st degree, 2nd degree, and 3rd degree, even without aggravating factors, could include lead to significantly more time in custody. A number of determining factors are used to assess the possible time of incarceration if found guilty at trial or pleading guilty to a resolution in a felony case.

Understanding Assault Charges in Washington

Assault charges in Washington can range from simple assaults to more serious charges like aggravated assault. It's important to understand the different types of assault charges and the potential penalties associated with each. Our Seattle assault lawyer has extensive experience defending clients against a wide range of assault charges and can provide you with the legal guidance and representation you need.

Common types of assault charges in Washington include:

  • Simple assault
  • Assault in the fourth degree
  • Assault in the third degree
  • Assault in the second degree
  • Assault in the first degree

Penalties for assault charges can vary depending on the severity of the offense and other factors. It's important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible if you are facing assault charges in Washington.

Our Seattle assault attorney is dedicated to protecting your rights and providing a strong defense against assault charges. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss your case.

Defending Against Assault Charges 

If you have been accused of assault DV, this can be considered a gross misdemeanor or a felony. Assault 4 is a gross misdemeanor, while Assault 1, 2, and 3 are felonies. If the assault is in connection with domestic violence or occurs against a child, you may face additional penalties such as loss of gun rights, DNA sample collection, and longer probationary periods of 5 years versus 2 years for an unrelated or stranger assault.

Your lawyer can employ the following defense strategies on your behalf in pretrial negotiations or at trial:

  • Self-defense or defense of others
  • Demonstrate that the allegations are not credible or lack a factual basis
  • Poor evidence or lack of evidence
  • Witnesses are not credible

You need to know that your Seattle assault attorney is on your side. When you are facing possible incarceration, fines, and penalties to your future, you cannot trust anything less than the aggressive defense of Guadagno Law, PLLC.

Contact Our Seattle Assault Attorney Today

At Guadagno Law, PLLC, I have represented thousands of individuals, including those charged with assault. I draw from experience as a former prosecutor to help build results-driven case strategies that meet the specific needs of my clients. Should you choose to retain my legal services, you can rest assured knowing that I can work tirelessly to help you obtain a positive case outcome, such as a reduction of charges or case dismissal.

Guadagno Law, PLLC proudly offers the following benefits to individuals in the Seattle area:

  • Professional and personalized attention from a defense attorney—not a paralegal or junior associate
  • 24/7 availability
  • 17+ years of legal experience
  • Free initial consultations
  • Former prosecutor who is well-versed in criminal justice

Call our assault defense attorney at (206) 895-6800 or contact us online to learn about your options today.

Commonly Asked Questions

What constitutes aggravated assault in Washington?

In Washington, aggravated assault typically involves an assault that results in serious bodily injury or is committed with the use of a deadly weapon. It is considered a more serious offense than simple assault and can lead to severe penalties, including extended prison time. If you're facing such charges, it's crucial to have a defense attorney who understands the complexities of these cases and can navigate the legal system to protect your rights.

How can a Seattle assault lawyer help me if I'm charged with assault?

A Seattle assault lawyer can provide crucial legal representation, ensuring that your side of the story is heard and your rights are protected. They can challenge the evidence against you, negotiate with prosecutors, and represent you in court. With their understanding of local laws and experience in similar cases, they can work towards achieving the best possible outcome, such as reduced charges or even a case dismissal.

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Why Choose Guadagno Law, PLLC?

  • I offer affordable payment plans to focus on what matters.
  • I have over 17 years of criminal defense experience.
  • I have a sole focus on criminal defense law.
  • I am on call for 24-hour emergency counsel.
  • I have handled thousands of cases over the years.
  • I have worked on both sides of the criminal courtroom.