Assault in Washington means an intentional touching that is offensive and is done with unlawful force, or is intended to create fear of bodily injury. A simple accusation of a push, a slap, or even that a person stopped another person from leaving a room, can result in a criminal assault charge being filed in Washington State. Assault charges are broken down into four degrees, ranging from Assault in the First Degree (Assault I) to Assault in the Fourth Degree (Assault IV). Assault I, II and III are Felonies and are filed as crimes in Superior Court. Assault IV is a Gross Misdemeanor and is filed as a crime in either Municipal or District Court.
Harassment in Washington means any threat to cause bodily injury, or physical damage to property, or to restrain or confine another person, or to perform any act intended to substantially harm another person mentally and/ or physically. It is important to understand that if you have a previous conviction for harassment, or the allegation of harassment includes a threat to kill another person, the charge is a Class C Felony.
Malicious Mischief in Washington means knowingly and maliciously causing damage to the property of another. Criminal charges for malicious mischief can arise when an individual, in a moment of anger (or sometimes even accidentally) causes damage to someone else’s property. The following are some unfortunate examples of when the government might file malicious mischief charges: (1) a window gets broken because someone slams a door during an argument, or (2) something gets knocked over and broken while a person is attempting to back away from a potentially volatile confrontation. Damaging another’s property at your home or that of a family member can result in malicious mischief charges being filed with a domestic violence enhancer in Washington State.
The degree of a malicious mischief charge is based on the value of the property allegedly destroyed:
The Seattle criminal attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys, located in Western Washington, is a very skilled and experienced team dedicated to providing effective, aggressive representation for those charged with assault, harassment and/or Malicious Mischief in Western Washington. The team creates success by not only working with alleged victims to develop a relationship and encourage positive communication, but the team also works with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the allegations are considered in creating an equitable and fair resolution.
If you or a loved one is charged with a assault, harassment and/or Malicious Mischief in King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County, Kitsap County, Thurston County or one of the following cities or towns: Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bonney Lake, Bothell, Burien, Des Moines, Duvall, Edmonds, Enumclaw, Everett, Federal Way, fife, Hunts Point, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Lake Stevens, Lakewood, Lynnwood, Maple Valley, Marysville, Medina, Mercer Island, Milton, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, New Castle, Normandy Park, North Bend, Olympia, Puyallup, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Sea Tac, Seattle, Shoreline, Snohomish, Sumner, Tacoma, Tukwila, University Place, and/or Woodinville, or any other city or town in Western Washington, call The Seattle criminal attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys at (206) 441-0900 for an initial free consultation.