Assault

Perhaps you were defending yourself or someone is making a false claim against you. If you have been charged with assault you will need an attorney with criminal law skills that is dedicated to your cause. The Attorneys at the James Bible Law Group will fight for you. Below are some of the types of assaults that people are often charged with in Washington State.

Assault in the First Degree . Assault 1 is what is commonly known as a strike offense. If an individual receives three strike convictions in his or her life he or she will be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. The amount of time that someone may be sentenced to is typically based upon the nature of the offense and the crime charged. Clearly, Assault 1 is a most serious offense. The elements of Assault 1 are as follows:

  • (1) A person is guilty of assault in the first degree if he or she, with intent to inflict great bodily harm:
  • (a) Assaults another with a firearm or any deadly weapon or by any force or means likely to produce great bodily harm or death; or
  • (b) Administers, exposes, or transmits to or causes to be taken by another, poison, the human immunodeficiency virus as defined in chapter 70.24 RCW, or any other destructive or noxious substance; or
  • (c) Assaults another and inflicts great bodily harm.
  • (2) Assault in the first degree is a class A felony.

Assault in the Second Degree. Assault 2 is what is commonly known as a strike offense. If an individual receives three strike convictions in his or her life he or she will be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. The amount of time that someone may be sentenced to is typically based upon the nature of the offense and the crime charged. Clearly, Assault 1 is a most serious offense. The elements of Assault 1 are as follows:

  • (1) A person is guilty of assault in the second degree if he or she, under circumstances not amounting to assault in the first degree:
  • (a) Intentionally assaults another and thereby recklessly inflicts substantial bodily harm; or
  • (b) Intentionally and unlawfully causes substantial bodily harm to an unborn quick child by intentionally and unlawfully inflicting any injury upon the mother of such child; or
  • (c) Assaults another with a deadly weapon; or
  • (d) With intent to inflict bodily harm, administers to or causes to be taken by another, poison or any other destructive or noxious substance; or
  • (e) With intent to commit a felony, assaults another; or
  • (f) Knowingly inflicts bodily harm which by design causes such pain or agony as to be the equivalent of that produced by torture; or
  • (g) Assaults another by strangulation or suffocation.
  • (2)(a) Except as provided in (b) of this subsection, assault in the second degree is a class B felony.
  • (b) Assault in the second degree with a finding of sexual motivation under RCW 9.94A.835 or 13.40.135 is a class A felony

Assault in the Third Degree . Assault in the 3rd degree is a felony offense. There are several variants of Assault 3. People are often charged with assault 3 when the State believes one of the following:

  • That you assaulted a police officer or
  • With criminal negligence, you caused bodily harm to another person by means of a weapon or other instrument or thing likely to produce bodily harm; or
  • With criminal negligence, causes bodily harm accompanied by substantial pain that extends for a period sufficient to cause considerable suffering; or ‘’’’’
  • Assaults a school driver; or
  • Assaults a health care provider; or
  • Assaults a firefighter

Assault 4th Degree: Assault in the 4th degree is a gross misdemeanor. Gross misdemeanors are punishable by up to 364 days in Jail and a $5,000 dollar fine, The elements of Assault 4th degree are as follows:

(1) A person is guilty of assault in the fourth degree if, under circumstances not amounting to assault in the first, second, or third degree, or custodial assault, he or she assaults another.

If you are charged with a crime you need an attorney that has the experience and knowledge needed to help you through a very difficult time. If you are in need of an attorney please call (425) 748-4585 or (425) 519-3675.

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