Murder. Robbery. Assault 1 & 2. Kidnapping. These are a few of the most common violent crime allegations we handle. …Whatever your particular charge may be, you are facing a battle for your future and your freedom when facing a charge of this magnitude.
Because of this, it is vital to have an experienced team by your side that will fight for you every step of the way. Through, investigation, witness interviews, legal motions, negotiation and more, we will work hard to ensure you are receiving the best possible outcome. And if it is in your best interest to go to trial, we will continue the fight there.
Below, you’ll find answers to many common questions related to violent crime allegations, but the best way to make sure your individual questions are answered is to simply give us a call for a free, no strings attached consultation.
Violent offenses are defined in section 9.94A.030(54) of the Revised Code of Washington and some overlap into other categories of offenses as well, such as sex crimes. Examples of the most common violent crime matters we see include:
Washington has the infamous “three strikes” law which means you could get sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole if you get three separate convictions for certain offenses. Here’s the alphabetical list:
Similar to the Federal Government, Washington State utilizes complicated Sentencing Guidelines to determine standard ranges of sentences for different crimes. Simply put, the higher your “offender score” (points), the more time you are facing in custody. The “level” of the offense you are accused of is also factored in. There are a number of enhancements that can further complicate things. To determine the type of sentence you are facing we would first need to speak with you about your criminal history and review your entire record (including any out of state convictions). This is a complex area of the law that requires a trained eye to decipher.
Firearm and deadly weapon enhancements can be added to any felony offense when you or an accomplice are alleged to have been armed with a deadly weapon at the time of the commission of the crime. The exception to this is where the use of a firearm is an element of the offense. If you end up getting convicted of one of these enhancements, it can add significant time to your sentence, which is why we do everything we can to get them removed. Further, firearm/Weapons enhancements must be served in total confinement (no sentencing alternatives) and must also be served consecutive to any other time. Here is a look at the additional time you would be facing:
The answer to this varies depending on your particular situation, but there are three universal pieces of advice:
From there, we need to hear more about your individual situation to advise your further. In the meantime, please view our video below on the subject and visit our Under Investigation page.