Have you been accused of a crime? Whether it’s a misdemeanor or a more serious felony, the experience of finding yourself on the wrong side of the law can be absolutely terrifying. A conviction can lead to some life-altering consequences for you and your loved ones.
At The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC, our Lynnwood criminal defense lawyers will guide you through the legal system, defending your case with a customized strategy that serves to maximize your chances of seeing a positive conclusion to your legal troubles.
We also make it a point to keep our clients involved and informed throughout the duration of your case, as we believe that this can eliminate much of the uncertainty associated with the legal system.
Our Lynnwood defense attorneys handle all types of criminal cases, including rape and sexual assault, theft and burglary, robbery, assault, domestic assault, drug charges, gang-related charges, fraud cases, white collar crimes, child endangerment, child pornography and even murder. Founded by Attorney Kevin Trombold – a seasoned criminal defense attorney who has been practicing for more than 20 years – our legal team works with clients from all walks of life, striving to minimize any adverse effects that you may experience from your case.
The outcome of your criminal case can impact many aspects of your life. Trust your case to a team of experienced professionals who have earned a reputation as some of the best Lynnwood defense lawyers in practice.
Call The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC to obtain a fully confidential case consultation by calling 206-382-9200.
Frequently Asked Questions and Common Concerns Following an Arrest in Lynnwood, Washington
Defense lawyers often forget that their clients are unfamiliar with the criminal justice system and as such, they have no idea what to expect as their case progresses. But our legal team is different. We understand how stressful this experience can be, so we work hard to minimize some of the stress by taking the time to address your concerns and answer your questions.
The following is a look at a few of the most common questions that we address here at The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC.
Does Washington Have Different Crime Classifications?
Each state has its own unique crime classifications, and the state of Washington is no exception.
These crime classifications and levels affect the recommended sentencing guidelines, which are established to provide the courts with guidance during the sentencing process. The classification of a crime can also impact other aspects of the case, such as where the case is heard. For example, Washington Superior Courts typically hear all criminal cases involving a felony.
Most are familiar with the two most basic types of crimes – misdemeanors and the more serious felony. But Washington also has two misdemeanor classifications and four felony classifications, in addition to 15 different “seriousness” levels.
What is the Maximum Penalty for a Misdemeanor?
The penalties are impacted, in large part, by the type of misdemeanor. In Washington, there are simple misdemeanors (also called a regular misdemeanor), which cover the least serious offenses, such as disorderly conduct and shoplifting, while more serious misdemeanors are classified as gross misdemeanors. Examples of gross misdemeanors include a protection order violation and a first-offense charge of driving under the influence.
The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) indicates that the maximum penalty for a simple misdemeanor is 90 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. A couple examples of a simple misdemeanor are shoplifting and disorderly conduct.
In the case of a gross misdemeanor, the maximum penalty is up to one year in jail and up to $5,000 in fines.
What is the Maximum Penalty for a Felony?
Washington has four different classes for felony crimes. These classes and the maximum penalties are as follows:
Class C Felony – Carries up to five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
Class B Felony – Carries up to ten years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines.
Class A Felony – Carries up to life in prison and up to $50,000 in fines.
Aggravated First Degree Murder – Aggravated first-degree murder is considered more serious than a Class A felony, and as such, it is punishable by the death penalty in Washington.
Felonies will also be assigned a “seriousness” level between Level I to Level XV, each with its own sentencing guidelines. But it should be noted that the judge usually has a fair bit of flexibility in terms of sentencing. A judge may consider lots of other factors, like the individual’s age, his or her mental health status, their cooperativeness and other factors.
Does Washington Have a Statute of Limitations?
A statute of limitations refers to a law that places a cap on the timeframe for prosecuting a case. The timeframe varies depending on the nature and seriousness of the crime.
In many cases, the statute of limitations timeframe begins on the date when the crime was committed, although there are some exceptions. This is often the case with sexual assault cases, where the timeframe may start once the victim reaches a certain age or at the time when a DNA test result implicates a specific person.
For simple misdemeanors – the least serious type of crime – the statute of limitations is typically one year, while a more serious gross misdemeanor usually carries a two-year statute of limitations.
Moderately serious felonies have a six-year statute of limitations, while more serious felonies may have a ten-year statute of limitations.
There are a handful of crimes that carry no statute of limitations. In Washington, this is true of murder-related crimes, which the state may prosecute in one year or in 100 years. Some of the crimes that have no statute of limitations are:
Homicide by Abuse;
Hit and Run Resulting in Death;
Vehicular Assault Resulting in Death; and
Arson Resulting in Death.
Our Lynnwood Criminal Defense Lawyers Are Committed to Protecting Your Freedom
At The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC, we understand how a criminal allegation can transform your life and the lives of those you love. Our goal is to defend you and your case, while maximizing your chances of seeing a positive outcome and a positive future.
Our Lynnwood law firm has an elite legal team with many decades of collective experience. We leverage this experience and knowledge as we work to bring your case to a resolution.
Don’t trust your future and your freedom to just anyone. Turn to some of the most experienced defense lawyers in Lynnwood and the surrounding region.
Contact The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC to go over the details of your case in a no-cost and confidential consultation. 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. 🙂