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Charged With Violent Crime? We Won't Let This Single Charge Define You

Lynnwood Assault Defense Attorney

Arrested? Put a former prosecutor in your corner!

Assault crimes are serious in Washington and should not be taken lightly. If you were recently arrested for allegedly committing assault against another individual, your future is on the line. Whether a misdemeanor or a felony, the time to take action against your charges is right now.

Lance Fryrear is the lead assault lawyer at our Lynnwood criminal defense firm. Having handled more than 20,000 cases, it is safe to say that we are no stranger to the criminal justice system in Washington. He has also served as a prosecutor and am well-acquainted with both sides of the courtroom. Our goal is to protect your best interests and fight for a reduced or dismissed sentence.

Submit an online contact form or contact us at (425) 224-7075 to tell me more about your case.

Assault Defined

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.

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. We have been representing clients for assault offenses for over seventeen years. As a firm with a former prosecutor, we know exactly what the prosecution is looking for when they try to convict you and we can use our inside knowledge to better prepare a defense for your case.


Battery is often charged in conjunction with assault, and is a violent crime involving actual physical contact with the victim.

Assault & battery is committed when an individual:

  • Attempts to or actually strikes another person
  • Acts in a threatening manner to put another in fear of immediate harm
  • Attempts or causes severe injury to another person
  • Causes injury through use of a deadly weapon

How are assault crimes punished in Washington?

An assault crime can be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony, based on the circumstances surrounding the offense. A misdemeanor, also known as simple assault, occurs when a person intentionally and harmfully touches someone else, attempts to inflict injury on them, or does anything to place them in harm's way.

First degree assault, however, is considered a felony according to state law. This means that the accused individual acted out against another person with the intent to cause great bodily harm, such as death or permanent disfigurement.

Penalties depend on the offense, but can include:

  • A fine of up to $50,000
  • Imprisonment
  • Restitution to the victim
  • Probation

The last thing you want is a state prosecutor deciding your fate, but many who are charged with assault show up in court defenseless and unprepared. By retaining our firm, we can make sure that this does not happen to you. A swift response to your charges is key and we are prepared to deliver exactly what you need.

Can I Assert Self-Defense?

The most common defense we are asked about in our 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.

Contact a Lynnwood Assault Defense Lawyer

Being charged with a crime doesn't mean you will be convicted. We know this is a frightening and stressful time for you, but with our experience and dedication to getting you the best possible defense, we will do our best to resolve your assault charges. Call our 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.

Your Relentless Advocate In Your Defense Case

  • We will personally listen to and understand your side of the story.
  • We will help you through this so you can move forward.
  • We will relentlessly fight for you in court.
  • We will make the Prosecutor see that you are not who they say you are.
  • We will not let them define you by what you have been accused of.
  • We will not let the system steal your freedom.
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  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Avvo Clients' Choice
  • Avvo Rating 10.0
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Federal Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Protecting Clients' Freedoms For Over Two Decades

See How We've Helped Our Past Clients
  • “I cannot tell you enough how much I would recommend Mr. Fryrear.”


  • “Lance showed how his experience in working with the court system pays huge dividends in his adept handling of my case.”


  • “... your help was greatly appreciated. Thank you again.”


  • “You've been an absolute Godsend through this entire process. Thank you so much.”


  • “I can go on with my life. You're the best.”


  • “... may your brilliant brain never 'dry up'.”


  • “He was professional and kind.”


  • “I can't thank you enough for helping my husband and myself through all of this.”


  • “I honestly was immensely optimistic about what could be done with my case and am glad this came to resolution that was in my favor.”


  • “I found Lance to be a diligent and tenacious opponent and would not want to go up against him again.”


  • “At a time when I was scared and didn't know what to do, he really came through.”


  • “Your positive attitude about my situation kept me in good spirits in a time of uncertainty.”


  • “Thank you for looking out for my best interest.”


  • “The thing I admired most about Lance was that he was always honest with me about my case from the moment I walked into his office until the formal court date.”


  • “You have done an outstanding job. My mom and I thank you very much.”