Edmonds Lawyer: Assault Charges

Are you facing assault charges in Edmonds?

Whenever it is alleged that you inflicted bodily harm on another person or threatened to do so, you stand the risk of being charged with assault. This type of violent crime can either be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon various details and factors. In either case, you should contact a criminal defense lawyer in Edmonds to represent you and defend you if you are facing charges of assault. At Johanson Law Group, Inc., I personally handle all my defense cases. I am Jim Johanson, and have been practicing law for over 20 years. I was also formerly a Deputy Prosecutor for Pierce and King Counties as well as serving as the Assistant Attorney for the City of Lynwood. This experience gives me a great advantage when I'm defending a client as I understand how the prosecution works, intimately, and craft my defense cases to be as effective as possible at trial.

Every assault case requires a careful investigation from my firm to identify the flaws in the case against you. Just because you have been charged does not necessarily mean you will be found guilty, or are guilty. Assault is basically an act carried out with the intent to harm or cause injury to someone else. It can be done with direct contact, such as hitting someone with your own hand or even indirectly, such as knowingly putting a harmful substance in another's food or drink. Some defenses for this crime include self-defense, where you were forced to respond to an attack to protect yourself. Another could be that you were defending another from being harmed by an attacker. It's possible you have been the victim of mistaken identity, or a witness against you is not credible.

Edmonds Attorney for Assault Charges

Penalties for an assault conviction can range from over 90 days in jail to 10 years in prison and massive fines. Significant factors include whether it's a first or repeat offense, whether a deadly weapon was involved, what type of harm was inflicted, if any, and details about the victim, whether child or elderly person, as well as the circumstances. It can makes a difference in the level of the charges in cases in which the alleged victim was a child or a peace officer. Your attorney can clarify what the specifics mean in your case.

If I take on your case, you can be sure I will leave no stone unturned to present the best possible defense for you. My goal is to have your charges dropped, reduced or to obtain an acquittal if it goes to trial. You can take advantage of my free case evaluation, and I will review your specific situation in order to strategize a strong defense.

Contact my firm right away.