Criminal Defense Attorneys in Snohomish County
When you’re accused of a crime, it can be a distressing experience. But our elite team of experienced Snohomish County criminal defense attorneys will work to increase your chances of seeing a better outcome for your case.
The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC strives to help you overcome this hurdle. Our defense attorneys handle all criminal cases, from a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge, to a life-altering felony charge, such as rape or murder.
We understand how profoundly an accusation and/or a criminal conviction can change your life and the lives of your family members and loved ones. Our goal is to minimize the impact of these allegations while working to help you see a favorable outcome in your case.
Serving Snohomish County and the surrounding area, our law firm was founded by Attorney Kevin Trombold, a seasoned criminal defense attorney who has more than 20 years of experience. Collectively, our law firm has the legal skills and experience to enhance your chances of a more ideal conclusion to your legal troubles.
Our team works with clients from different stages of life. Every client and every case is unique, but our overarching objective is always the same. We endeavor to defend you with professionalism, dedication and refined strategies that we have worked hard to perfect over our many years in practice.
The outcome of your criminal case can impact every aspect of your life. Don’t trust your future to just anyone. Work with some of the most well-respected Snohomish County lawyers dealing in criminal defense.
The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC is happy to provide you with a no cost and completely confidential consultation. Call us at 206-382-9200.
Frequently Asked Questions and Common Concerns Following an Arrest in Snohomish County
Defense lawyers frequently receive questions from clients who aren’t familiar with the legal process and are unsure of what they can expect as their case moves through the legal system.
Uncertainty can actually result in more stress and worry, so at The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC, our team can make it a point to answer our clients’ questions and address their concerns. Here are a few of the most common questions that we discuss with our clients.
What Are the Different Classifications for Crimes in Washington?
Washington State has several different crime classifications, which have an impact on the sentencing guidelines and even the court where the case will be heard. For instance, all felonies are heard in Washington Superior Courts.
In addition to felonies and misdemeanors, there are also subclassifications. There are two misdemeanor classifications and four felony classifications, along with 15 different “seriousness” levels.
What Are the Maximum Penalties for Misdemeanors?
Washington has two basic classifications of a misdemeanor: simple misdemeanors (also called a regular misdemeanor) and gross misdemeanors.
According to The Revised Code of Washington (RCW), a simple misdemeanor is part of the least serious crime classification, with a maximum sentence of up to $1,000 in fines and 90 days in jail. A couple of examples of a simple misdemeanor are shoplifting and disorderly conduct.
The RCW also designates maximum penalties for the more serious type of misdemeanor, a gross misdemeanor. A maximum penalty is up to one year in jail and up to $5,000 in fines. Gross misdemeanors include a restraining order violation and a charge of driving under the influence (assuming it’s a first offense.)
What Are the Maximum Penalties for Felonies?
There are four different felony classifications, each one with its own sentencing guidelines. Although it’s critical to know that the judge typically has a fair amount of leeway in terms of sentencing, as the judge may consider many other factors, such as the individual’s age, mental health and other factors involved in the crime.
Here is a look at the four different classes of felonies and the potential penalties.
- A Class C Felony carries up to five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
- A Class B Felony carries up to ten years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines.
- A Class A Felony carries up to life in prison and up to $50,000 in fines.
- Aggravated First Degree Murder – This charge is the only one that is more serious than a Class A felony. Aggravated first-degree murder can lead to the death penalty in Washington.
Felonies receive a secondary, “seriousness” level assignment which can range from Level I to Level XV. There are additional sentencing guidelines for each level of seriousness, providing more guidance to the courts on how to sentence an individual if they are found “guilty” (or plead “no contest.”)
What Are the Statutes of Limitations in the State of Washington?
A statute of limitations is a law that places a restriction on how long the state has to prosecute a case. The timeframe varies depending upon the seriousness of the crime, amongst other factors. If the statute of limitations timeframe expires, the courts will usually refuse to hear the case, assuming there are no extraordinary circumstances involved.
The statute of limitation timeframe typically begins on the date when the crime was allegedly committed. However, there are some exceptions, mostly around sexual assault cases. In these cases, the timeframe may begin when the victim reaches a certain age or when a DNA test result points to a specific suspect.
The least serious crimes are considered a simple misdemeanor, usually has a statute of limitations timeframe of one year. Gross misdemeanors typically have a two-year statute of limitations.
Theft and other moderately serious felonies have a six-year statute of limitations, while more serious felony crimes such as arson are typically subject to a ten-year statute of limitations.
It should be noted that not every case has a statute of limitations. This is the case for murder-related crimes, which the state is free to prosecute today or many decades in the future. Here is a look at some of the crimes that do not have a statute of limitations in the State of Washington:
- Homicide by Abuse;
- Vehicular Homicide;
- Hit and Run Resulting in Death;
- Vehicular Assault Resulting in Death; and
- Arson Resulting in Death.
Our Snohomish County Criminal Defense Lawyers Will Work to Protect Your Freedom
At The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC, our experts understand how frightening it can be to find yourself facing criminal allegations. We know how life-altering a criminal case can be, particularly if you’re found “guilty.”
But we also believe in the criminal justice system and your right to a strong defense. Our overarching objective is to guard your interests while using a very strategic approach to bring about a positive conclusion to your legal troubles.
Our Snohomish County law firm was established by Attorney Kevin Trombold, an experienced defense lawyer who has been in practice for more than 20 years. Together, our firm’s legal team has many collective decades of experience which we can leverage to maximize your chances of seeing a favorable case resolution.
Feel free to contact The Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, LLC to discuss your case, all confidential. Call 206-382-9200.