Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving the Seattle Area
Residents and visitors of the Seattle area who are charged with a crime will benefit from the help of a Seattle criminal defense attorney with a record of success defending clients and helping them navigate through the often-baffling Washington criminal justice system. Kevin Trombold and his criminal defense staff work quickly and thoroughly to investigate criminal cases and to protect and defend clients.
Our attorneys represent clients in cases involving:
- Assault and battery
- Criminal threats
- Domestic violence
- Drug possession
- Drug sales
- Gang Crimes
- Juvenile Crimes
- Child endangerment
- Child pornography
- Child molestation
- Indecent exposure
- Gun crimes
Don’t risk your freedom and resources with an untested attorney. With more than twenty years of experience and a reputation for excellence recognized by judges, prosecutors, and his peers, Kevin Trombold and his staff consistently win not guilty verdicts, dismissals, and reduced charges for clients.
WHY ARE DEFENSE ATTORNEYS IMPORTANT AND WHAT DO THEY DO?
After you have been arrested, it’s important to contact an attorney right away. An experienced attorney will immediately begin to review your case and look for holes in the investigation. Did the police officer follow the proper protocol when arresting you? Was evidence collected during an illegal search of your property? An attorney will be able to identify these flaws right away.
Criminal defense lawyers can also help create a defense strategy to use in court. For example, if you were accused of assault, an attorney may be able to argue you acted in self-defense and therefore should not be charged.
Our attorneys will help you through every step of the legal process, but you have to make the first call. Contact our law firm today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
WHEN CAN A DEFENSE ATTORNEY ASK FOR AN ACQUITTAL?
If your case goes to trial, a jury will decide whether you are innocent or guilty after hearing from both your attorney and the prosecutor. But sometimes, it’s not up to the jury to make a decision. If your attorney believes the state did not present enough evidence to prove you committed the crime, he may file a motion for acquittal. This motion asks the court to take the case from the jury and allow the judge to acquit the defendant of all charges. Attorneys will usually file this motion after the state has wrapped up its case, when its clear that there is an insufficient amount of evidence.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CRIMES?
Crimes in Washington can be categorized as either a felony or misdemeanor. Felonies are designated as class A, B or C, while misdemeanors can either be regular misdemeanors or gross misdemeanors depending on the crime that was committed. Most charges will be filed by the state, but in some cases, you could face federal charges if you have been accused of violating any federal laws.
WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR MISDEMEANOR AND FELONY CRIMES IN KING COUNTY?
A misdemeanor is the least serious crime that can be committed in Washington and is usually punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine of $1,000. On the other hand, class A felonies are the most serious crimes that can be committed in Washington. If you are convicted of a class A felony, you may face life in prison, a maximum fine of $50,000 or both. The only crime that is more serious than a class A felony is aggravated first degree murder. If you are convicted of aggravated first degree murder in Washington state, you may face the death penalty.
Don’t put your future in the hands of an inexperienced attorney or public defender. Call the experienced Seattle criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Kevin Trombold after you have been arrested or charged with a crime. Don’t make any important legal decisions until you have consulted with one of our knowledgeable attorneys to discuss what options are available to you.
AGGRESSIVE CRIMINAL DEFENSE REPRESENTATION FROM A TOP LAW FIRM IN SEATTLE, WA
A conviction can negatively affect your personal and professional life in a number of ways. If you have been charged with a crime, whether you are innocent or guilty, you will need a skilled Seattle criminal defense attorney to defend your rights and fight the charges. Attorney Kevin Trombold has defended hundreds of clients in Seattle, Everett, Tacoma, and across the state of Washington. If are facing criminal charges in the Seattle area, contact the Law Offices of Kevin Trombold as quickly as possible. Attorney Kevin Trombold knows that even the best people can sometimes make mistakes. He offers valuable legal advice and aggressively defends each of his clients who are facing charges. Send him a message using the contact form on this site.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU’RE ARRESTED
If you are arrested, you will most likely be handcuffed, put into a police car and taken to the police station. If the officer plans on questioning you, then he is legally required to read you your Miranda rights before doing so. But, even before they read you your Miranda rights, they are allowed to use anything that you say against you in court. That’s why it’s always best to stay silent when dealing with law enforcement officers and exercise your right to an attorney.
The urge to assist one’s fellow man is understandable. After all, it’s part of human nature to want to be helpful. But when the person asking for “your help and cooperation” is a police officer, you may want to think twice – and then, while you’re thinking it over, call your lawyer. Often law enforcement officers will use that natural instinct you have “to help,” to facilitate their investigation of you. In short, officer friendly may not be so friendly after all.
WHY DO LAW FIRMS ADVISE THAT YOU REMAIN SILENT AFTER AN ARREST?
The best advice that any attorney can give you is to remain silent when you are being questioned or investigated by law enforcement officers. Wait until you have contacted an experienced Seattle criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Kevin Trombold before you talk to police.
The goal for police is often to try and get you talking while you’re off guard or nervous, instead of taking the time to gather your thoughts and consult legal counsel. Law enforcement would like nothing more than for you to either incriminate yourself or say something that isn’t true (even if you made an honest mistake) – either of which allows them to leverage possible criminal charges against you in order to get what they want.
WHEN SHOULD I HIRE A CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER IN SEATTLE?
If you have been arrested, the first thing you should do is contact the Law Offices of Kevin Trombold to speak with our team of Seattle criminal defense attorneys. The sooner you contact an attorney, the quicker he can begin investigating the details of your case and defending your rights. Every second counts, so don’t hesitate to call one of the top law firms in Seattle as soon as you have been arrested. Contact us by phone at (206) 382-9200 or email us using the form on this site.
AN ATTORNEY CAN HELP YOU MAINTAIN YOUR INNOCENCE UNTIL YOU’RE PROVEN GUILTY
Remember, if you are being charged with a crime, you are given the benefit of the doubt until the prosecution can prove that you are guilty. “Beyond a reasonable doubt” means that the prosecution must present a solid, convincing case to prove that you committed the crime. Being arrested does not lead to an automatic conviction, so don’t give up hope once you have been taken to the police station and charged with a crime.
WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD YOU ASK A CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY BEFORE HIRING HIM OR HER?
If you’ve been charged with a crime, you may be asking yourself, “How can I find the best criminal defense attorney for me?” First, you should ask about the attorney’s practice areas. It’s important to choose an attorney who solely practices criminal defense instead of one who takes on a case involving criminal law once in awhile. You should also talk to the attorney about his experience to ensure he has represented clients in cases similar to yours. It helps when lawyers know the courts, including the judges and prosecutors who will be working on your case, so be sure to talk about how long the attorney has been in the area and how well he knows the local court system.
WHAT DO CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS CHARGE?
When figuring out how to choose a criminal defense attorney for your case, you should also consider the cost. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to estimate how much a defense attorney will cost because each case is unique. But, you should never enter into an agreement with a lawyer before discussing costs. Our law firm offers every client a free initial consultation. During this consultation, our team will discuss fees in more detail after learning about the charges against you.
Do criminal defense attorneys offer payment plans? Some law firms do provide clients with the option of setting up a payment plan, while others do not. Be sure to address this in your initial consultation before choosing an attorney.
SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION WITH KNOWLEDGEABLE SEATTLE LAWYERS
Kevin Trombold serves the Seattle area with a spirit of service to the community through his diligent work for clients throughout the state of Washington. If you are arrested and charged with a crime in King or Pierce County, don’t plead guilty, and don’t try to act as your own attorney. Far too much is at risk. Instead, please contact the Law Offices of Kevin Trombold by calling our office at (206) 382-9200 or filling out the form on this website as quickly as possible for a no-cost initial consultation.