Domestic Violence

Washington state law ardently prosecutes crimes of domestic violence, and conviction can involve very serious and long-lasting consequences. This is not to be taken lightly. Furthermore, if you commit a crime of domestic violence and then in any way prevent or attempt to prevent the victim from reporting the crime, you may face an additional …

Rape & Sexual Assault

“Sexual assault” is a term used to refer to any type of sexual activity that lacks consent. Legal definitions of sexual assault crimes vary by state, but sexual assault may include non-consensual intercourse or rape, attempted rape, unwanted sexual touching, and sexual harassment. Sexual Assault Laws in Washington State: In Washington State, there are three different …

Stalking & Harassment

Both Stalking and Harassment are serious charges. In addition to the immense emotional impacts on the victims of harassment and threats, there are very legal potential ramifications for the one accused of this behavior. Stalking and Harassment charges are similar and are often filed simultaneously. Stalking: *Defining Stalking Law (RCW 9a.46.110): (1) A person commits the …

Hit & Run Attended/Unattended

When a driver crashes their vehicle into another vehicle and then flees the scene, this is considered a hit and run. In Washington State, a Hit and Run is considered a criminal offense. Consequences are significant and may include jail time, fines, restitution for injury or property damage, increased insurance costs, and the long-term impact …

Negligent Driving – Second Degree

What is Negligent Driving in the Second Degree? Negligent Driving in the Second Degree is also known as Negligent Driving 2 or “Neg 2”. Under Washington State law, a person is guilty of Negligent Driving in the Second Degree if, under circumstances not constituting Negligent Driving in the First Degree, he or she drives in a …

Criminal Trespass

No Trespassing! We have all seen the signs. However, we may not have all stopped to consider the law and potential consequences involved of ignoring them. Criminal Trespass Law: In Washington State, criminal trespassing is classified into two degrees. Criminal Trespass in the first degree is a gross misdemeanor and Criminal Trespass in the second …

Shoplifting / Theft in the 3rd Degree

What is Shoplifting or Theft in the 3rd degree? Think before you consider shoplifting! Even small items can add up to big problems. Merchants of all kinds throughout Washington State put significant funding into loss prevention and do not hesitate to encourage prosecution of even the smallest offenses. Theft offenses in Washington State are separated …