Ellensburg Assault Attorney
Helping the Accused throughout Kittitas County & Central Washington
While all criminal charges are serious, convictions of violent crimes tend to have a more immediate and drastic effect on the people they affect. If you were charged with assault, it is crucial that you not only present your case, but that you exonerate yourself of the charges in order to clear your name and any ties to a spurious allegation of violent history.
Avoiding a Conviction
Once someone accuses you of threatening them with violence, you could be charged with assault—it does not matter if you struck them or not. Assault is basically simply making a person legitimately fear for their safety. Of course, there are still false claims that abound, such as when people want to leverage a criminal accusation against someone for personal gain. An effective criminal defense lawyer can help you tell your side of the story and avoid a conviction.
If you are convicted of assault, you could face:
- First degree: Up to life in prison with fines of up to $50,000
- Second degree: Up to 10 years in prison with fines of up to $20,000
- Third degree: Up to 5 years in prison with fines of up to $10,000
- Fourth degree: Up to a year in jail with fines of up to $5,000
These degrees of severity are determined by the use of a deadly weapon, striking with intent to harm someone, committing these acts against a government employee or health provider, as well as other specific allegations.
What to Do if You Are Charged
Once handcuffs are slapped on your wrists, you have a limited amount of time to hire an attorney and begin building a defense. Do not make the mistake of speaking with law enforcement about what happened. These officers are trained to keep you talking until you make an incriminating statement, so it is important that you invoke your right to remain silent, even if completely innocent, and get help from an attorney right away.
You could have your charged dismissed or reduced if you can prove the incident resulted from:
- Self-defense or defense of others
- Consensual contact
- Accidental contact
- In response to a perceived threat
During your free consultation, Ellensburg Law can help you identify the strategies your prosecutors might use. Knowing what lies ahead can help you plan effectively and protect your rights.
Learn more by calling (509) 553-0900 today.
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