Assault, Harassment, Threats and other Charges Involving Physical or Emotional Harm
Being charged with a crime is a serious matter, and having a criminal assault, harassment or other serious conviction on your record can impact future employment, education, and career opportunities. While there are many types of crimes against others, the most frequently charged crime against another is an assault charge.
Types of Assault Charges in Washington
Assault, whether charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, can carry significant penalties if you are convicted. Understanding Washington State legislation and case law will be critical to building an effective defense. Because assault is considered a violent offense, it may count as a “strike” under the Persistent Offenders Act, which incorporates a “three strikes you're out” policy for violent crimes.
In Washington State, there are four levels of assault charges:
- Assault in the first degree: Class A felony RCW 9A.36.011
- Assault in the second degree: Class B felony RCW 9A.36.021
- Assault in the third degree: Class C felony RCW 9A.36.031
- Assault in the fourth degree: Gross misdemeanor RCW 9A.36.041
The level of the charge will dictate the penalties imposed if you are convicted. One of the best ways to avoid these penalties is to have a competent criminal defense attorney on your side who can make sure you are afforded every protection the criminal justice system and Constitution have to offer.