Experienced assault and battery lawyers in Pierce County, Washington
The FBI defines violent crime as an offense that involves force or the threat of force, and breaks it down into four main areas. The most common of these is aggravated assault, but violent crimes also include murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape and robbery.
Although usually linked, assault and battery involve two actions: assault is the threat of violence, and battery is the actual violence. In other words, raising a fist is the assault; actually punching somebody in the jaw is the battery.
At The Woods Law Office, PLLC, we have helped hundreds of clients throughout Pierce County and King County facing violent crimes charges. Doug Woods is a trial-tested Tacoma violent crimes attorney and former prosecutor with the skill and knowledge to help you when you are facing these serious charges.
Assault laws in Washington State
If you are charged with an assault crime, contact a felony attorney as soon as possible. The police and the prosecution start building a case against you immediately. We want to be able to counter their strategy right from the beginning, too, for charges including:
Assault in the First Degree — Intentionally inflicting great bodily harm with a firearm or deadly weapon or any force likely to produce great bodily harm or death is Assault in the First Degree.
Assault in the Second Degree — This offense includes intentionally assaulting another and recklessly inflicting substantial bodily harm, assaulting another with a deadly weapon, assaulting a pregnant woman and intentionally harming the child, assaulting by poison or strangulation, assaulting another with the intent to commit a felony, and causing pain or agony that is the equivalent of torture.
Assault in the Third Degree — This crime includes assaults on particular persons, such as bus drivers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, and doctors or nurses while performing their duties. Causing bodily harm accompanied by substantial pain that causes considerable suffering may also be Assault in the Third Degree.
Assault in the Fourth Degree — An assault that does not amount to Assault in the First, Second or Third Degree or Custodial Assault is Assault in the Fourth Degree.
Although Assault in the Fourth Degree is a misdemeanor, it is no less important that you contact Tacoma assault attorney Doug Woods as soon as possible to protect your rights.
Schedule a free consultation with Tacoma violent crimes lawyer Douglas Woods
You do not have to nor should you speak to the police or investigators without an attorney present. Any statement you make, regardless of how innocent you think the statement is, can and will be used against you in court by a skilled prosecutor. To schedule a free consultation to learn more about your legal options and protect your rights, contact us online . Weekend and evening appointments are available. We also offer affordable payment plans.