Lynnwood Assault Attorney
Assault in Washington State is defined as any unwanted touching of another
person. You can be charged with assault if you have threatened someone
and caused them to fear that serious physical injury is about to happen
to them, even if no actual physical harm occurs. These types of charges
can lead to serious penalties, including misdemeanor and felony charges,
depending on the severity of the crime.
Some of the crimes that result in an assault charge could be domestic violence,
pushing, spitting, throwing items at another, or even a fight in a bar.
There are, however, very good defenses that an attorney can use to fight
these charges. It is my job to find the evidence and develop the argument
to best support your case. Through a careful examination of the circumstances
surrounding the charges, a good Lynnwood criminal defense attorney can
attempt to get the charges reduced or even dismissed. I have been representing
clients for assault offenses for over ten years. As a former prosecutor,
I know exactly what the prosecution is looking for when they try to convict
you and I can use my inside knowledge to better prepare a defense for
Can I Assert Self-Defense?
The most common defense I am asked about in my Assault defense practice
is that of self-defense. Self-defense is an affirmative defense in Washington
State. "No person in the state shall be placed in legal jeopardy
of any kind whatsoever for protecting by any reasonable means necessary,
himself or herself, his or her family, or his or her real or personal
property, or for coming to the aid of another who is in imminent danger
of or the victim of assault, robbery, kidnapping, arson, burglary, rape
murder or any other violent crime." RCW 9A.16.110
The key to asserting self-defense is protecting yourself, or a loved one, from an
imminent threat. Retaliation is not self-defense so it is very important that your
defense be framed properly. If you matter goes to trial and the jury finds
you not-guilty by self-defense you are entitled to have
your legal defense costs paid by the State. "When a person charged with a crime listed in this section is found
not guilty by reason of self-defense, the state of Washington shall reimburse
the defendant for all reasonable costs, including loss of time, legal
fees incurred and other expenses involved in his or her defense."
Given the complexities of Assault charges, and the possibility of asserting
the defense of self-defense, it is imperative that you contact a
Washington State Assault Attorney
as soon as possible after the incident. I am available 24 hours a day,
seven days a week to advise you on your matter and help you figure out
what should be done to secure your freedom and your future.
Contact a Lynnwood Assault Defense Lawyer
Being charged with a crime doesn't mean you will be convicted. I know
this is a frightening and stressful time for you, but with my experience
and dedication to getting you the best possible defense, I will do my
best to resolve your assault charges. Call my office today for a free
initial consultation and to discuss your legal options.
Searching for an attorney for your criminal case in Lynnwood, WA?
Contact a Lynnwood Assault Attorney
if accused or charged with assault in Washington.