Kitsap County Violent Crime Attorney
What is Considered a Violent Crime?
In Washington, violent crimes are those committed against a person by the use or threatened use of force. As such, accusations are taken very seriously, and the state will work hard to prove that you are guilty. Because of this, if you were charged with a violent crime, it's best to speak with a skilled attorney right away. A conviction can have severe consequences and can affect you for the rest of your life. If you try to handle your case on your own or rely on an incompetent lawyer to handle the matter, mistakes made at any time during the process could be costly.
From the moment you're arrested for an offense, you have rights. You can invoke your Fifth Amendment protection to remain silent and politely let law enforcement officers know you will not be answering their questions. Additionally, you have the right to have an attorney on your side.
At Glisson & Morris, our attorneys serve Port Orchard and the surrounding areas, and we are committed to ensuring you are given a fair trial and any violations of your rights are addressed. When you hire us, we'll listen to you and learn about the situation from your perspective. From there, we will collect evidence and review the prosecutor's allegations against you to spot weaknesses and build a solid legal strategy.
What Types of Offenses Are Violent Crimes?
Any offense in which bodily injury is threatened or caused is considered a violent crime.
In Washington, several different offenses meet this definition, including, but not limited to:
- Robbery: This occurs when someone uses force or threat of injury against another to obtain their property.
- Assault: A person commits assault when they engage in behavior that causes bodily harm to someone else.
- Murder: This is the planned, intentional killing of another person.
- Manslaughter: If a person recklessly causes someone else's death, they could be charged with this offense.
- Kidnapping: This type of offense occurs when a person intentionally and forcibly abducts someone else.
- Arson: Intentionally and maliciously setting a fire that could harm others or damage property is a violent offense.
Is Jail Time a Penalty for a Violent Crime?
Generally, violent crimes are felonies. That means a conviction could result in prison (as opposed to jail) time. The length of the sentence depends on the type of offense committed and the circumstances of the particular case. However, in Washington, all classes of felonies have long incarceration terms. For instance, a class C felony (considered the least serious classification) carries a 5-year prison term. A class A felony (the most serious) can be punished by up to life imprisonment.
Act Fast to Retain Legal Help
After you've been arrested for an offense, the prosecution begins working on building their case against you. Waiting to obtain legal representation means that the opposition has had a significant time to prepare their arguments before your attorney has gotten started. When you hire our Kitsap County lawyers at Glisson & Morris, you’ll have a former prosecutor on your side ready to immediately get to work on developing your defense.