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Defending Against Violent Crime Charges

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by Lizanne Padula.

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If you are accused of committing a violent crime we urge you to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney well-versed in violent crime. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program defines violent crimes as ” those offenses which involve force or threat of force.” The potential punishments for conviction of a violent crime are severe. Most often conviction carries a sentence for incarceration, fines, and probation upon release.

Violent Crime Charges in Washington State

Violent crimes typically involve an act where violence or threat of violence is the objective. Though, the violence inherent in the crime may be a means to an end rather than the objective. A violent crime may or may not include use of a weapon or threat of use.

In Washington State a number of crimes are considered violent offenses, including: assault, manslaughter, arson, kidnapping, robbery, extortion, drive-by shooting, vehicular assault, and vehicular homicide. RCW 9.94A.030(55).

Further, as a subcategory of violent offenses a number of crimes are considered “serious violent offenses,” including: Murder in the first degree, Murder in the second degree, Homicide by abuse, Manslaughter in the first degree, Assault in the first degree, Kidnapping in the first degree, Rape in the first degree, Assault of a child in the first degree, an attempt, criminal solicitation, or criminal conspiracy to commit one of these serious violent offenses (felonies), and any federal or out-of-state conviction for an offense that under the laws of this state would be a felony classified as a serious violent offense. RCW 9.94A.030(46).

The foregoing list is extensive, but not complete. There are other crimes that are considered violent offenses in the State of Washington.

If you are a suspect in an investigation or have been charged with any of the above crimes, or any other violent crime, it is critical that you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to defend you.

Defending Against Violent Crime Charges

Mounting a strong defense early-on helps to ensure the best outcome in your criminal case. Getting an attorney involved as soon as possible increases your odds of avoiding a conviction. When you hire a criminal defense attorney right from the start, during an investigation or as soon as formal charges are filed, you’re ensuring you have an advocate by your side to protect your rights and your best interests from the beginning.

Your attorney will build a defense strategy to combat aggressive prosecution. An experienced attorney will be able to pinpoint weaknesses in the State’s case against you. Those weaknesses can be used to dismantle the prosecutor’s case, to help negotiate a favorable plea deal, perhaps for lesser criminal charges. A fierce criminal defense attorney may even be able to get the charges against you dropped entirely.

Properly defend yourself against violent crime charges from the beginning by hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney. We invite you to contact our fierce attorneys 24/7 at 425-883-3366 . At our firm we FIGHT until the last full measure, GUIDE you to a just resolution, and STAND with you when you feel confused or overwhelmed.

At Padula & Associates, LLC we are experienced in all aspects of criminal defense, and we will help you face your charges with confidence. We answer the phone 24-hours a day, seven days a week. We offer free consultations. Call us 24/7 at 425-883-3366, email us at, or fill out our online free consultation form now.

We proudly serve the people of King County, Snohomish County, and throughout Washington State with aggressive criminal defense services.