Assault

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

In the state of Washington, there are four different levels of assault. They each have serious consequences and if convicted, can change your life forever.

First Degree Assault

  • Most serious of assault charges
  • Is charged when great bodily harm is caused
  • Is punishable by 93-123 months in a Washington state prison

Second Degree Assault

  • Is charged when substantial bodily harm is caused, or the assault is committed with a deadly weapon (no matter how much harm is caused, or even if no harm at all is caused)
  • Is punishable by incarceration for 3-9 months if the offender has no criminal record

Third Degree Assault

  • Is charged when police officers or other public servants are assaulted
  • Is punishable  by incarceration for 1-3 months if the offender has no criminal record

Fourth Degree Assault

  • Is charged when another person is assaulted 
  • No pain or injury must be proven
  • Is considered a gross misdemeanor
  • Can be punished with 0-364 days in jail

For all assault charges in the state of Washington, weapons enhancements are added to the penalties if any weapons were used in the assault.

Additional charges for assaults committed with a firearm fall under the “Hard Time For Armed Crime” law, and will significantly increase the penalties by:

  • 5 years for a class A felony (First Degree Assault)
  • 3 years for a class B felony (Second Degree Assault)
  • 18 months for a class C felony (Third Degree Assault)

Additional charges for assaults committed with non-firearm weapons increase the penalties by:

  • 2 years for a class A felony (First Degree Assault)
  • 1 year for a class B felony (Second Degree Assault)
  • 6 months for a class C felony (Third Degree Assault)

If you’re facing assault charges in the state of Washington, you need to seek counsel immediately to begin preparing a sound defense strategy. Fighting assault charges successfully requires the knowledge of a confident, skilled attorney. The attorneys at Greene & Lloyd, PLLC have the experience needed to fight your case. Call today for a consultation.


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