An assault charge and subsequent conviction can carry significant penalties, often involving substantial jail and probation, fines and mandatory education classes. Fortunately, the lawyers at Ashbach Law Offices have over 34 years of combined experience aggressively representing and defending those charged with assault and domestic violence. We provide effective, individualized representation, and offer candid and informed advice about your case. If your case warrants it, we are not afraid to go to trial and advocate in your behalf. With a track record of successful results, we are here to help. Call one of our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at (360) 659-4950 today.
An assault can be committed in many ways, either by intentionally causing harm to another, attempting to cause harm to another, or putting another in fear of harm. There are many different degrees of assault, from First Degree (most serious) to Fourth Degree (least serious), as well as different types of assaults (vehicular assault, watercraft assault, custodial assault, etc.)
First Degree, Second Degree, and Third Degree assaults are all felonies in Washington while Fourth Degree assault is a misdemeanor. While the severity of a possible sentence depends on the charge and the defendant’s prior history, conviction for assaults that involved a weapon or serious bodily injury may result in hefty jail sentences and long periods of probation.
Ashbach Law Offices will aggressively and diligently represent you towards obtaining a most favorable outcome, whether that be dismissal, verdict of not guilty, verdict to a lesser charge, or a positive plea agreement. Our lawyers will advocate defenses on your behalf, whether they are Innocence, Insanity, Duress, Lawful use of Force, Entrapment, Merger, Intoxication, Necessity, or Diminished Capacity. We strive to give you the ability to make informed decisions.
Below are the typical ways in which a defendant allegedly commits a felonious assault.
- Assault 1 – with intent to inflict great bodily harm, the defendant
- Uses a firearm or other deadly weapon, OR
- Transmits AIDS, OR
- Inflicts “great bodily harm”
- Assault 2 – defendant does any of the following
- Intentionally assaults and thereby recklessly inflicts substantial bodily harm
- Intentionally causes serious bodily harm to an unborn quick child
- Assaults another with a deadly weapon
- With intent to inflict harm, administers poison or other noxious substance
- With intent to commit a felony, assaults another
- Knowingly inflicts bodily harm causing pain or agony equal to torture
- If there is sexual motivation, crime is a Class A felony; otherwise it is usually a Class B felony
- Assault 3 (any of following)
- Assaults another with the intent to resist arrest
- Assaults official person (school/transit bus driver, firefighter, cop, doctor) who is in the course of performing such duties, even if defendant does not know the victim is an official
- With criminal negligence causes “bodily harm” with a weapon
- With criminal negligence, causes substantial pain & considerable suffering
If you have been charged with any type of assault, from First Degree to Fourth, contact Ashbach Law Offices at (360) 659-4950 immediately.