Whether it’s your first arrest or a subsequent arrest, it can be very frightening and very stressful to find yourself on the wrong side of the law. In addition to worrying about the possible penalties, you may be worried about your reputation, your family’s well-being and even your ability to get a job in the future. A criminal case can have far-reaching effects, but that’s where our experienced Kings County defense lawyers can assist.
At The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC, our legal team handles misdemeanor and felony cases involving a wide array of crimes, including:
burglary or robbery;
assault and other violent crimes;
sexual assault cases;
drug possession and drug sales crimes;
child pornography charges;
child endangerment crimes;
white collar crimes;
Our many years of experience, combined with our refined defense strategies, have enabled our legal team to achieve positive results for dozens of clients who were faced serious criminal charges. Each case is unique, but our focus always remains the same: to help you find justice and maintain your freedom.
With over twenty years of experience practicing criminal defense, Attorney Kevin Trombold is committed to maximizing your chances of seeing a positive conclusion to your case. Don’t trust your future to just anyone; turn to the world class legal team at The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC.
Contact us for a free and fully confidential case consultation by calling 206-382-9200.
Common Questions and Concerns Following an Arrest on Criminal Charges in King County
Criminal defense lawyers routinely receive questions concerning the legal system. At The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC, we believe it’s essential to keep our clients involved and informed, as this can make for a far less stressful experience.
What Are the Different Types of Misdemeanors?
Misdemeanor crimes are less serious than a felony offense. A misdemeanor can be a “simple misdemeanor” (sometimes called a “regular” misdemeanor) or a more serious “gross misdemeanor.”
According to the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), a simple misdemeanor can carry a maximum penalty of up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. An example of a simple misdemeanor is a case involving a charge of disorderly conduct or shoplifting.
A gross misdemeanor carries a more serious maximum penalty of up to one year in jail and up to $5,000 in fines. A violation of a protection order or a first offense driving under the influence case are examples of crimes that can be charged as a gross misdemeanor.
What Are the Different Types of Felonies?
Felony crimes are more serious than a misdemeanor. Felony charges can fall into three basic classes: A, B or C. In Washington, felony cases are typically addressed in Superior Court.
A Class C felony is the least serious of the felony classes. These crimes are punishable by as much as five years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
A Class B felony is a moderately serious felony. Penalties can include up to ten years in prison, plus up to $20,000 in fines.
The most serious type of felony is a Class A felony, which may be punishable with a sentence of up to life in prison and up to $50,000 in fines.
Even more serious than a Class A is a charge of aggravated first-degree murder, which could potentially carry the death penalty.
In addition to these three basic felony classes, Washington also assigns a “seriousness” level to each alleged crime. There is a total of 15 levels, ranging from Level I to Level XV. Every level has its own sentencing guidelines. The judge may also consider other factors, such as the defendant’s mental health and age.
Is There a Statute of Limitations?
Most crimes have a statute of limitations. After the statute of limitations expires, the state can no longer prosecute the case. The timeframe usually begins on the date when the alleged crime occurs (with the exception of some sexual assault/rape cases, which have slightly different timeframes depending upon factors such as the victim’s age at the time of the event or the date when DNA testing conclusively points to a specific suspect.)
The statute of limitations depends upon the nature of the criminal act too.
For cases involving murder, homicide by abuse, vehicular homicide, arson resulting in death, hit and run resulting in death or vehicular assault resulting in death, there is no statute of limitations. This means that the case could be prosecuted today or 50 years from now.
Many serious offenses, including some forms of rape and arson (not resulting in death), have a ten-year statute of limitations.
Cases involving identity theft, money laundering, and some types of theft carry a six-year statute of limitations.
Gross misdemeanors must be prosecuted within two years, while regular or simple misdemeanors usually have a one-year statute of limitations.
How Will You Defend My Case?
Every client’s case is unique, so every defense strategy is developed based upon the unique facts and circumstances of your case.
The reality is that many criminal cases are resolved before the case goes to trial. Your lawyer will work as your advocate, attempting to secure reduced charges or the dismissal of charges in your case. Your attorney may also be successful in securing a favorable plea agreement, although it’s always up to the client to decide if they wish to resolve the case in this manner.
In other cases, we may proceed to trial. Each client’s case is unique, but your defense attorney will keep you involved and informed throughout the legal proceedings. In addition to defending your case, it’s our objective to protect your rights, your future, and your freedom.
Work With a Top King County Criminal Defense Lawyer to Handle Your Case
Facing criminal charges can be extremely distressing, as your future and your freedom could very well be on the line. As criminal defense attorneys, our goal is to represent you and your interests as we take a highly strategic approach to resolve your case in a favorable manner.
The firm’s founder, Attorney Kevin Trombold, has over 20 years in practice. He has assembled a world-class legal team that is ready to work hard to defend you and your freedom. So don’t trust your future to just anyone; turn to one of King County’s premier law firms.
If you’re ready to discuss your case in a confidential consultation session, contact The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC at 206-382-9200.