Assault Defense lawyers in Pullman, WA
Have you been arrested for assault?
In the state of Washington, the general offense of assault is defined as the act of intending to cause great bodily harm to another individual. Simply threatening to use force to cause harm to another person could result in you being charged with assault. You do not even have to come into physical contact with another person to be charged with this specific type of violent offense.
- Assault charges in Washington are categorized as follows:
- First-degree assault - punishable by Class A felony penalties
- Second-degree assault - punishable by Class B felony penalties
- Second-degree sexual assault - punishable by Class A felony penalties
- Third-degree assault - punishable by Class C felony penalties
- Fourth-degree assault - punishable by gross misdemeanor penalties
If you have been accused of assault, you do not have to go through this legal battle on your own, nor should you go through it alone. A skilled criminal defense lawyer can explain defenses that are available to you, and our law firm is adept at discovering evidence that can be used in your favor. If your incident was the result of defending yourself, defending another person, defending your property, or you simply did not even know that what you were doing was against the law, we are here to help protect you.
Three Degrees of Felony Assault
There are three types of felony assault in Washington State, all of which carry potentially severe penalties. Our firm can help defend you against any one of the following felony assault charges.
Third Degree Assault - You will be charged with this Class C felony if you meet one of the following conditions:
- Assaulted a doctor, law enforcement officer, firefighter, or other protected party
- Committed the assault to avoid arrest or violate a court order
- Through your negligence, used a weapon to cause bodily harm
Second Degree Assault – This is a Class B felony, carrying up to a year behind bars if you have no prior convictions. There are a number of conditions which can lead to a 2nd degree assault charge, including:
- Poisoned or strangled someone
- Intentionally caused substantial bodily harm
- Used a deadly weapon in the assault
- Harmed an unborn child by assaulting the mother
First Degree Assault – This Class A felony is the most serious type of assault, and a conviction could lead to more than 10 years in jail. For 1st degree assault to have occurred, you must have intentionally committed the assault with a gun or other deadly weapon, in a way that likely would kill or severely harmed the victim.
Hire a Former Prosecutor to Fight for You
Some of the most powerful criminal defense attorneys have a background in prosecution. Our lead attorney, Luke Baumgarten, spent considerable time serving as a prosecutor and he knows common techniques and strategies that the opposition uses. Our entire legal team is ready to take a stand for you and work to get your charges reduced, dismissed, or in some cases, completely dropped! When the stakes are high, we can be trusted to do whatever is in our professional and ethical abilities to help you.
Contact Baumgarten Law Offices Today
We proudly represent men, women, students, and other individuals who have been arrested for serious offenses. Our law firm is conveniently located in the heart of Pullman, Washington. No matter where you are located in Washington or Latah County, Idaho, we are ready to protect your rights, freedoms, and interests.
Contact our Pullman assault attorneys to get the help you need today.