Getting accused of a crime can be a frightening experience. But you have the right to a strong defense! Our Tacoma criminal defense lawyers are here to mount a strategic, aggressive defense to your case as we protect your interests and strive to bring about the best possible outcome.
It’s normal to feel worried, distressed and uncertain. An arrest or indictment can lead to many questions and concerns, including concerns over serving jail time, fines, and the impact of having a criminal record. Individuals accused of a sex offense have the added concern of being forced to register as a sex offender, which can have a significant impact on every aspect of your life and your family’s life.
Our legal team is well-equipped to handle all sorts of different cases, from misdemeanors to the most serious felonies. Whether you’re facing charges of theft and larceny, arson, DUI, domestic violence, white-collar crimes, assault, drug crimes, gang crimes, robbery, child endangerment, sexual assault, child pornography or even murder, our legal team is ready and prepared to defend you and your freedom.
Serving Tacoma and the surrounding region, The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC was established by Attorney Kevin Trombold, a criminal defense lawyer more than 20 years in practice. Collectively, we have the experience and the legal skills required to maximize your chances of a favorable outcome.
Our Tacoma law firm has worked with clients from every walk of life. And while each client and their case is unique, our focus typically remains the same: to defend you with the professionalism and dedication that we would want to see if we were in your position.
Don’t trust just any law firm to defend your case. Contact some of the top Tacoma criminal defense lawyers. Contact The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC to arrange a free and fully confidential case consultation by calling 206-382-9200.
Common Questions and Concerns Following a Tacoma Arrest
Our Tacoma defense lawyers routinely answer questions and address concerns from clients who are unfamiliar with the legal process and are uncertain of what to expect.
At The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC, we believe that keeping our clients involved and informed can reduce much of the distress that they experience. So the following is a look at a few of the most common questions and concerns amongst defendants.
What Are the Different Types of Crimes?
In the State of Washington, there are different crime classifications, each with its own unique sentencing guidelines. There are two types of misdemeanors, four classes of felonies, plus there are a total of 15 “seriousness” levels.
What Are the Classifications for Misdemeanors?
Misdemeanors are less serious than the other type of crime – felonies. The two types of misdemeanors are simple misdemeanors (also called regular misdemeanors) and gross misdemeanors.
A simple misdemeanor is the least serious type of crime. Disorderly conduct and shoplifting are two examples of a simple misdemeanor. The maximum punishment, if you are found guilty, is a $1,000 fine and up to 90 days in jail, though many see far less serious consequences.
According to The Revised Code of Washington (RCW), gross misdemeanors – the more serious of the two types – is up to one year in jail and up to $5,000 in fines. An example of a gross misdemeanor is a violation of a protection order charge or a first-offense driving under the influence charge.
What Are the Classifications for Felonies?
Felony crimes are usually addressed in Washington’s Superior Courts. There are four types of felony classifications — A, B, C and aggravated first-degree murder, which stands in a class of its own.
Here is a look at the potential penalties for these felony classes in Washington:
A Class C Felony is punishable by up to five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
A Class B Felony is punishable by up to ten years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines.
A Class A Felony is punishable by up to life in prison and up to $50,000 in fines.
Aggravated First Degree Murder – This charge is even more serious than a Class A felony, and it carries a potential death penalty sentence.
In addition to being assigned a class, felonies are also assigned a seriousness level, ranging from Level I to Level XV. Every level is associated with its own unique sentencing guidelines, although the judge is usually free to impose another sentence, as other factors — such as an individual’s age, mental health, and other circumstances — are typically taken into consideration.
What is the Statute of Limitations in Washington?
A statute of limitations restricts the timeframe for prosecuting or taking legal action in a particular case. The more serious the crime, the longer the timeframe tends to be.
The courts typically refuse to hear cases in instances where the statute of limitations has expired (although there are some exceptions that can arise in special circumstances.)
The statute of limitations timeframe usually begins on the date when the alleged crime occurred, but there are exceptions. Sexual assault cases often have a different timeframe, which may begin when a sexual assault victim reaches a certain age or the date DNA test results implicate a particular individual.
Some of the most serious murder-related crimes have no statute of limitations, which means that they can be prosecuted today or in 100 years from now. Crimes that do not have a statute of limitations in Washington include:
Homicide by Abuse;
Hit and Run Resulting in Death;
Vehicular Assault Resulting in Death; and
Arson Resulting in Death.
Serious felony crimes like arson and rape have a ten-year statute of limitations.
Some less serious felonies like theft have a six-year statute of limitations.
Simple misdemeanors have a timeframe of one year, while gross misdemeanors usually carry a two-year statute of limitations.
Our Tacoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Will Work to Protect Your Freedom
Finding yourself in court, facing serious criminal charges can be a very scary, life-altering experience, regardless of whether you actually committed the crime in question. Our Tacoma defense lawyers believe that each and every defendant deserves a strong, strategic defense and that’s precisely what we provide to our clients. Our objectives are to protect your freedom and your interests, while maximizing your chances of seeing the best possible conclusion to your case.
Founded by Attorney Kevin Trombold – a defense lawyer with more than 20 years in practice – our law firm is comprised of a talented, elite legal team that’s ready to take on your case.
We invite you to contact The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC to arrange a confidential, no-cost consultation session. Call 206-382-9200.
Kevin did an outstanding job on my case. Hopefully I never need the services of a lawyer again, but if I ever do, Kevin Trombold will be the first one I go to and he is the first lawyer I recommend to any of my friends or family.