Sexual assault and rape attorneys in Pierce County help you defend yourself against severe accusations
As a strong advocate for the rights of the accused, The Woods Law Office, PLLC represents people charged with sex offenses in courts throughout the Puget Sound area — including Tacoma, Seattle, Auburn and other communities in Pierce, King and Thurston counties.
Washington’s sex crimes laws have become tougher and the penalties are harsh. Sexual offenses may be charged in a variety of ways and in different degrees. The chapter on sex offenses in Washington State criminal law lists 15 separate offenses of type and degree, from Voyeurism to First Degree Rape, nearly all of which are felonies.
If charged or arrested, do not talk to the police without representation. Tacoma sexual assault attorney Douglas Woods has the experience you need to successfully defend yourself from these charges.
Sex offender registration
If convicted of certain offenses, you may be required to register as a sexual offender. The sexual offender registration requirements also apply to people who have moved to Washington after being required to register as sexual offenders in another state. In most cases, the requirement to register lasts for at least ten years and the registration must be updated regularly. Failure to register as required is a felony criminal offense that may involve long-term imprisonment and steep fines.
Sex offender registration is humiliating and has a profound impact on your personal and professional life. As a registered offender, it is often nearly impossible to find a decent place to live or earn a living. Is this how you want to live the rest of your life? As a sexual assault lawyer, Doug Woods can provide the vigorous defense you need.
While all defendants are supposed to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, this is often not the case in the eyes of the jury when it comes to sex crimes. Even the mention of rape, sexual assault or sexual abuse elicits strong emotional reactions and the desire for vengeance. This does not mean defeat for the defendant, but it does make it all the more important that the defendant be represented by a competent and able attorney who understands the trial atmosphere and knows how to deal with it.
Criminal defense attorney Douglas Woods fights hard to prevent the prosecution from portraying the defendant in the worst possible light. Moreover, we challenge the evidence and scrutinize all witnesses to make sure that you get a fair trial and the best possible outcome.
Put our experience and track record of success to work for you
Doug Woods uses his insight as a former prosecutor in developing a sound legal strategy for those accused of rape and sexual assault crimes. To learn more about how we can help you, please contact us online to schedule a free consultation with Tacoma sex crimes attorney Doug Woods. Weekend and evening appointments are available, and we offer affordable payment plans.