Seattle Violent Crimes Defense Attorneys

You’ve been accused of a violent crime.

Now what?

 

We’re betting you have several burning questions you want answered, which is why we created this page. Here you’ll find simple and straightforward answers to the questions that really matter to you right now. Despite this, the best way to make sure all of your questions are answered is to simply pick up the phone and give us a call at: 206-209-5585 or shoot us a text at: 206-858-1380 for a free confidential consultation.

"I couldn't ask for a better outcome or experience. If it's as difficult to find a great lawyer as it is a descent mechanic or barber, then I got extremely lucky to find my lawyer that I will call any and every time I need legal assistance."

- Jordan

Criminal Defense Client

 

 

Common Violent Crimes Questions

What Qualifies as a Violent Crime?
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:
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Arson
  • Assault 1 & 2
  • Burglary 1
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape 1 & 2
  • Indecent liberties by forcible compulsion
What violent crimes qualify as strikes?
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:
  • Aggravated Murder 1
  • Arson 1
  • Assault 1 & 2
  • Assault of a Child 1 & 2
  • Bail Jumping with Murder 1
  • Burglary 1
  • Child Molestation 1 & 2
  • Coerce Patient to Request Life-ending Medication
  • Controlled Substance Homicide
  • Explosive Devices Prohibited
  • Extortion 1
  • Forging Request for Medication
  • Homicide by Abuse
  • Homicide by Watercraft: Disregard; Reckless; DUI
  • Incest 1 & 2 (when committed against a child under 14)
  • Indecent Liberties: With or Without Forcible Compulsion
  • Kidnapping 1 & 2
  • Leading Organized Crime
  • Malicious Explosion of a Substance 1 or 2
  • Malicious Placement of an Explosive 1
  • Manslaughter 1 & 2
  • Murder 1 & 2
  • Over 18 & delivery of certain drugs to someone under 18
  • Promoting Commercial Sexual Abuse of a Minor
  • Promoting Prostitution 1
  • Rape 1, 2, & 3
  • Rape of a Child 1 & 2
  • Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
  • Sexually Violent Predator Escape
  • Trafficking 1 & 2
  • Treason
  • Use of a Machine Gun in Commission of a Felony
  • Vehicular Assault: Reckless or DUI
  • Vehicular Homicide: Disregard; Reckless; DUI
  • Any Class A felony or criminal solicitation of or criminal conspiracy to commit a class A felony
  • Attempt to commit one of these felonies
  • Any other class B felony offense with a finding of sexual motivation
  • Any other felony with a deadly weapon verdict
How many “points” do I have on my record and how will that affect my sentence?

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.

Will I have a firearms enhancement and if so, what does it do?

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:

Felony ClassFirearm (1st/Subsequent)Other Deadly Weapon (1st/Subsequent)
Class A5 years/10 years2 years/4 years
Class B3 years/6 years1 year/2 years
Class C18 months/3 years6 months/1 year

 

 

Other Common Questions

Do you exclusively handle Violent Crimes?
No, but we do exclusively handle criminal defense matters. We are well-rounded and have successfully handled nearly a countless number of violent crime cases over the years over the years. Our secret is simple: we focus on what matters – getting you the best possible outcome.
What can you promise me?
You’re not going to find a more qualified team to represent you, and we are going to get you the best possible result given the facts and circumstances of your particular case. We work really hard and are very accessible to our clients. Try calling or texting us right now; if we don’t pick up right away, we will get back to you very fast.
How will you get me the best possible result?
The short answer is through hard work. Here’s a little closer look: Some of the legal issues we analyze while handling your case:
  • Violation of your 4th Amendment search and seizure rights
  • Violation of your 5th Amendment Rights (e.g. Miranda)
  • Violation of your 6th Amendment Rights (e.g. Right to Attorney, Confrontation, Speedy Trial)
  • “Brady” violations
  • Suppression of evidence for a violation of any other rights
  • Thorough examination of all evidence and Investigation
  • Interviewing witnesses and accusers
Some of the mitigating factors we introduce and discuss during negotiation:
  • Humanize you to the prosecutor; we want to know everything about you. Give us your life story. We will memorize it and then be able to talk to the prosecutor very intelligently about you; as if we have known you for years.
  • Gather a bunch of character reference letters for you.
  • Private Polygraph (when applicable)
  • Get proactive and have you undergo counseling (when applicable)
  • Explain the impact this matter will have on your job and family
If I retain your services, are you going to get my charges reduced or dismissed?
The only answer I can give you at this point is “it depends…” I know, not totally satisfying, but it is honest. If another attorney promises you more than that, then they are just trying to take your money. Get out of their office (or hand up the phone) as fast as you can.
What are some of the potential results I can expect?
Because every case has its unique set of facts and circumstances, it’s not possible for us to tell you what result you will get on your particular case until we have had a chance to fully litigate it. That said, here are some potential results; all of which we have achieved for our clients:
  • Dismissal of charges in the pre-trial stages
  • Not guilty verdict after trial
  • Reduction of charges
  • Reduction of penalties
Get in touch with us for a full explanation of what these outcomes mean and how we can achieve them.
How much are your services going to cost me?
We charge fair, competitive flat fees for our services. Here’s the problem you face with a lot of other attorneys: The ultra-expensive firms are not going to get you a better result than we are, and the dirt cheap guys aren’t going do anything for you at all. That’s where we come in. While we certainly don’t have the lowest fees in the Puget Sound, we won’t make you take out a second mortgage either. With Will & Will, you get the best possible results, but at a reasonable price.
I have a court date coming up ASAP, what do I do?!?
Hire an attorney! Is this answer self-serving? Yes. Despite this, is it still the best possible thing you can do? YES.