There are few things more stressful than finding yourself receiving accusations of a crime, especially if it’s a serious crime with life-altering consequences. This is true whether it’s your first time being involved with the legal system or a subsequent involvement.
At The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC, each of our Everett criminal defense lawyers understand what’s at stake in your case. Your freedom. Your reputation. Your career. And even your ability to secure a job or rent real estate. These are just a few areas of your life that may be impacted by a criminal case.
But there is hope! Our Washington defense attorneys are committed to defending you and your case in a strategic manner that will maximize the chances of seeing a favorable case resolution.
Our Everett law firm defends criminal cases involving all types of misdemeanors and felonies, including:
Theft and burglary
Assault and battery
Child abuse or child endangerment
Sexual assault or rape
Drug possession or sale
Fraud and identity theft
White collar crimes
Our law firm was founded by an exceptional individual – Attorney Kevin Trombold, a criminal defense attorney with over 20 years of experience practicing law. Our clients are at different walks of life, and we treat them all equal. Our legal team is comprised of attorneys who believe that each and every client deserves a strong, strategic defense, regardless of the nature of the allegations, the individual’s past criminal history, lifestyle or other factors.
You could stand to lose more than your freedom; you could quite literally lose your opportunity to live your life. So trust your case and your future to some of the region’s most well-regarded defense lawyers. If you’re seeking a top Everett criminal defense lawyer, contact The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC. We’ll offer you a case consultation, all fully-confidential. Reach out to us at 206-382-9200.
Common Concerns and FAQs Following an Arrest in Everett, Washington
Defense lawyers understand what’s at stake, so we know how frightened and distressed our clients can feel. We try to reduce some of this stress by striving to dedicate our time to answer your questions and concerns because often, the imagined consequences are far worse than the realistic consequences!
Our legal team has assembled an overview of some common concerns that we discuss at The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC.
What Are the Different Washington Crime Classifications?
A majority of people are familiar with the two basic crime classifications: misdemeanors and felonies. However, Washington has two misdemeanor sub-classifications, four felony sub-classifications, and with 15 different types of “seriousness” level designations.
Washington’s crime classifications were developed to provide more organization to the legal system, particularly in the area of sentencing guidelines. A crime’s classification can also affect other aspects of a legal case. For example, any case that’s classified as a felony will be heard by a Washington Superior Court Judge.
What is the Maximum Penalty for a Misdemeanor?
A “regular” or “simple” misdemeanor includes some of the least serious criminal charges, like shoplifting and disorderly conduct. The maximum penalty for a simple misdemeanor is 90 days in jail, along with having to pay up to $1,000 in fines, according to The Revised Code of Washington (RCW).
The more serious types of misdemeanors are classified as gross misdemeanors. This classification is applied to crimes such as violating a protection order or a first-offense charge for driving while under the influence. A gross misdemeanor involves a maximum penalty up to $5,000 in fines, along with up to one year of jail time.
What is the Maximum Penalty for a Felony?
Washington has four felony classes, which have the following maximum penalties:
Class C Felony – $10,000 in fines and up to five years in prison.
Class B Felony – $20,000 in fines and up to ten years in prison.
Class A Felony – $50,000 in fines and up to life in prison.
Aggravated First Degree Murder – This degree is in its own class – the most serious crime – and it sometimes involves the death penalty.
Felonies also receive a level of seriousness designation, which ranges from Level I to Level XV. Each level has different sentencing guidelines.
In addition to considering the sentencing guidelines associated with the classification and level of the crime in question, a judge may also consider different factors, including the defendant’s age, mental health status, and their cooperativeness, amongst other factors.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Crimes in Washington State?
The statute of limitations imposes a limit on the timeframe during which the state can prosecute a crime. The timeframe usually varies according to the seriousness and nature of the offense, with more serious offenses carrying a longer statute of limitations timeframe.
Often, the timeframe of the statute of limitations begins on the precise date when the crime took place. However, there are exceptions, which are commonly applied to rape and sexual assault cases. In this instance, the timeframe may begin at the time when a DNA test results reveal a specific person or once the victim reaches a specific age.
In the case of a crime that is the least serious, a simple misdemeanor, the timeframe is usually just one year. A more serious gross misdemeanor typically as a two-year statute of limitations timeframe.
Moderately serious felonies frequently carry a timeframe of six years, while more serious felonies carry a ten-year timeframe.
A small number of crimes carry no statute of limitations, typically in the case of murder-related crimes. Offenses that carry no statute of limitations in Washington are:
Vehicular Assault Resulting in Death;
Hit and Run Resulting in Death; and
Arson Resulting in Death.
Our Everett Defense Lawyers Strive to Protect Your Future and Your Freedom
At The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC, our team knows how much is on the line. A criminal case can impact your career, your family, your finances, your freedom and many other aspects of your future. We understand what’s at stake and our defense team is committed to representing you with absolute professionalism.
Our Everett law firm’s attorneys have several decades of knowledge and experience. We use this experience, combined with our refined skills and strategies, to ensure the best possible outcome arises.
If you’re facing criminal charges, trust your case, your future, and your freedom to some of the most knowledgeable defense lawyers in Everett, along with the surrounding area, including Snohomish County, Tacoma, Pierce County and King County.
Contact The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC today so we can get started discussing your case in a confidential and no-cost case consultation session. Call us at 206-382-9200.
Kevin Trombold is and excellent attorney. I found him easy to work with, responsive and friendly. He took time to understand my case and to get to know me as a person. I felt that he personally cared about my case and he was always quick to respond to my questions and concerns. I am more than satisfied with the results of my case. 🙂
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