Misdemeanor Lawyers in Seattle
Simple Misdemeanors & Gross Misdemeanors
Between a simple and gross misdemeanor, the simple misdemeanor is a lighter charge. Simple misdemeanors carry a maximum penalty of ninety days. Gross misdemeanors carry a maximum penalty of 364 days.
Although gross misdemeanor and simple misdemeanor charges are less serious than felonies, convictions can still cause terrible consequences. Some misdemeanors can lead to problems at work, with your driver’s license, and with travelling to other countries. If domestic violence is alleged, even certain misdemeanors can effectively end your firearm rights.
When our firm handles misdemeanors, we treat those cases with attention to detail and hard work that you would see in a complex federal case or a homicide. We do this because we know how important it is to protect our clients from the terrible consequences even a misdemeanor can have on your life. Our attorneys have more than 40 years of combined legal experience. From domestic violence to driving under the influence (DUI) matters, our attorneys can be trusted with your misdemeanor case.
Misdemeanor Charges in Washington
Charges that carry a maximum sentence of less than a year are either categorized as gross misdemeanors or simple misdemeanors. These include most driving and DUI related offenses, domestic violence offenses, shoplifting, and assault crimes (if no serious injury or weapons are used). We represent clients accused of any misdemeanor.
As a sampling, those offenses include:
- Disorderly conduct
- Petty theft
- Reckless driving
A conviction can result in consequences including (but not limited to) a jail sentence, fines, community service, and probation. If you are on probation, you can face a number of conditions or restrictions. These may include restrictions on driving, drinking alcohol, possessing a firearm, or having contact with complainants. This may be true even if the complainant is your spouse or child. Depending on the type of crime, a gross misdemeanor can result in between two and five years of probation.
Advice & Preparation Are Critical
Our Seattle attorneys help investigate the case, evaluate the evidence, and work collaboratively with you to build the best defense strategy possible. We often get successful results after negotiations or as a result of a trial. We work closely with our clients to determine the best way forward. We then work hard to execute our shared strategy and do everything we can to win.