There are few things more stressful than to find yourself accused of a crime, especially if it’s a serious crime with life-altering consequences. This is true whether it’s your first involvement with the legal system or a subsequent involvement.
At The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC, 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 Attorney Kevin Trombold, a criminal defense attorney who has been practicing law for over 20 years. We work with clients from every walk of life. 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 provide you with a fully-confidential case consultation. Just call 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 taking the time to address 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. But Washington also has two misdemeanor sub-classifications and four felony sub-classifications, along with 15 different “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. According to The Revised Code of Washington (RCW), the maximum penalty for a simple misdemeanor is 90 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.
More serious misdemeanors are classified as gross misdemeanors. This classification is applied to crimes such as violation of a protection order or a first-offense charge of driving under the influence. For a gross misdemeanor, the maximum penalty is up to $5,000 in fines and up to one year in jail.
What is the Maximum Penalty for a Felony?
Washington has four felony classes, which have the following maximum penalties:
Class C Felony – Up to five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
Class B Felony – Up to ten years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines.
Class A Felony – Up to life in prison and up to $50,000 in fines.
Aggravated First Degree Murder – Aggravated first-degree murder is in its own class – the most serious crime – and as such, it is punishable by the death penalty.
Felonies also receive a “seriousness” level designation, ranging from Level I to Level XV. Every level has different sentencing guidelines.
In addition to considering the sentencing guidelines associated with the classification and level of the crime in question, the judge may also consider other factors, such as 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 nature and seriousness of the offense, with more serious offenses carrying a longer statute of limitations timeframe.
Often, the statute of limitations timeframe starts on the precise date when the crime was committed. But 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 result implicates a specific person or once the victim reaches a certain age.
In the case of the least serious type of crime, a simple misdemeanor, the timeframe is usually just one year. A more serious gross misdemeanor typically as a statute of limitations timeframe of two years.
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 include:
Homicide by Abuse;
Hit and Run Resulting in Death;
Vehicular Assault Resulting in Death; and
Arson Resulting in Death.
Our Everett Defense Lawyers Are Committed to Protecting Your Freedom and Your Future
At The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC, we know 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 many decades of collective experience. We use this experience, combined with our refined skills and strategies, to bring about the best possible outcome.
If you’re facing criminal charges, trust your case, your future and your freedom to some of the most experienced defense lawyers in Everett and the surrounding area, including Tacoma, Snohomish County, Pierce County and King County.
Contact The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC today to discuss the details of your case in a confidential, no-cost case consultation session. Call 206-382-9200.
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