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Theft & Assault

Theft charges can have a profound effect on your life, and Snohomish Law Group realizes the stress of having to figure out a theft charge on your own.

Classifications of Theft

The severity of the punishment depends on the value of the item stolen. If you are charged with this type of crime, it is imperative that you talk to an experienced attorney.

• Theft in the First Degree is considered a Class B Felony. The value of the item stolen must exceed $5,000 and the maximum jail time is 10 years with a maximum fine being up to $20,000.

• Theft in the Second Degree is considered a Class C Felony. The value of the item must be more than $750 but no more than $5,000. The maximum jail time is 5 years, and the maximum fine is $10,000.

• In the state of Washington, theft in the Third Degree is categorized as a gross Misdemeanor. The value of the item must not exceed $750. The maximum jail time is 1 year, and the maximum fine is $5,000.

Theft charges can have a profound effect on your life, and Snohomish Law Group realizes the stress of having to figure out a theft charge on your own.
Types of Washington State Assault Charges
There are four degrees of assault charges in Washington state and separate offenses for assaults against a child or a corrections officer. For all these offenses, the term “assault” can mean any of the following:

• An intentional, harmful, or offensive “unlawful touching.”

• An attempt to inflict bodily injury upon another person with unlawful force.

• Putting another person in apprehension of imminent harm, regardless of whether the actor actually intends to inflict harm.
First-Degree Assault

A person commits the crime of assault in the first degree if, with intent to inflict great bodily harm, they do any of the following:

  • Assault someone with a firearm or any other deadly weapon or by any force or means likely to produce great bodily harm or death.
  • Transmit HIV to a child or vulnerable adult.
  • Administer, expose, or transmit to or cause to be taken by another, poison or any other destructive or noxious substance.
  • Assault another and inflict great bodily harm.

As a Class A felony, a conviction for first-degree assault can result in a sentence of life in prison and fines of up to $50,000.

Second-Degree Assault
Assault in the second degree involves any of the following circumstances not amounting to assault in the first degree and the person:

• Intentionally assaults another and thereby recklessly inflicts substantial bodily harm.

• Intentionally and unlawfully causes substantial bodily harm to a quick unborn child by intentionally and unlawfully inflicting any injury upon the mother of that child.

• Assaults another with a deadly weapon.

• With intent to inflict bodily harm, administers to or causes to be taken by another, poison or any other destructive or noxious substance with intent to inflict bodily harm.

• With intent to commit a felony, assaults another.

• Knowingly inflicts bodily harm which by design causes such pain or agony as to be the equivalent of that produced by torture.

• Assaults another by strangulation or suffocation.

Most cases of second-degree assault are charged as a Class B felony which can result in a prison sentence of up to 10 years and fines of up to $20,000.
Third-Degree Assault
This offense involves assault on certain public officials and health care providers while they are engaged in their official duties or an assault that is either accompanied by substantial pain that causes considerable suffering or harm caused by using a weapon or other instrument likely to produce bodily harm.

The specific classes of victims that could lead to a third-degree assault charge include:

• Transit operators or bus drivers, including school bus drivers.

• Firefighters or law enforcement officers.

• Nurses, physicians, or other health care providers.

• Judicial officers, bailiffs, clerks, or other court officers.

A Class C felony, third-degree assault can result in up to five years in prison and fines up to $10,000.
Fourth-Degree Assault
Prosecutors can bring fourth-degree assault charges for an assault that does not constitute assault in the first,second, or third degree or custodial assault. Most fourth-degree assaults are gross misdemeanors that can lead to one year in jail and fines of up to $5,000.

If you are facing criminal charges, it is crucial to have effective representation immediately.

Even if you think the facts of the case aren’t in your favor, having the best possible criminal representation can be the difference between jail time and probation, or having your record destroyed with an avoidable felony or misdemeanor conviction. At Snohomish Law Group, our criminal defense attorneys give you time and attention, to ensure you are treated fairly under the criminal justice system.

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Our goal is to fight for and to deliver to you the best results possible, whether that be by way of an acquittal or favorable judgement at trial, a favorable settlement deal, or an outright dismissal. Unlike other firms, we will give you our all. There is no such thing as a case that is too big or too small.

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