If you have been charged with a crime, whether a felony or misdemeanor, the consequences can be overwhelming. From jail or prison, substantial fines, loss of employment and court trials; criminal cases are among the most stressful and exhausting situations for a person to bear. The first thing you must do when charged with a crime is to hire a criminal defense attorney immediately. Without expert representation and a skilled attorney on your side, you may face much harsher punishments and the effects of criminal prosecution or a criminal record will have long term consequences.
At Wheeler, Montgomery & Boyd, PLLC, we make criminal defense our top priority. Our attorneys are qualified to handle most criminal cases and we work diligently to defend your rights using the latest techniques, technology and court representation skills.
Call us today at 360-690-0064 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We are an experienced legal team that handles criminal law issues, including:
- Traffic Violations:
- Driving While Suspended
- DOL Hearings and Appeals
- Reckless / Negligent Driving
- Traffic Tickets
- Domestic Violence:
- Violation of No Contact Order
- Malicious Mischief
- Interference with Reporting
- Alcohol / Drug Offenses:
- Possession of a Controlled Substance
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Under the Influence
- Minor in Possession
- Petty Theft
- Identity Theft
- Firearm charges
- Probation Violations
- Deferred Prosecution
Criminal Charges and Your Future
Whether you are faced with a misdemeanor or felony charge, your future can be seriously impacted by a criminal conviction. Such a conviction can affect future employment, career advancement, student loans, professional licenses and even renting an apartment. Getting competent legal representation to minimize these life-altering consequences is critical to your future. Don’t let today’s mistake completely destroy the rest of your life’s story.
Washington Misdemeanor and Felony Charges
If you are charged with a misdemeanor, you are at risk of a criminal record and potential jail time. Some misdemeanors can affect your life in negative ways, including your right to vote, drive or even communicate freely with family and friends. If you are charged with a felony, you are at great risk of prison or extensive jail time. Felony charges are the most serious offenses and can drastically change your life. Washington divides its crimes into several general categories of misdemeanors and felonies:
- Misdemeanors: Any offense which is punishable by not more than 90 days in jail and fines of $1,000.
- Gross Misdemeanors: Any offense which is not considered a misdemeanor or felony that is punishable by more than 90 days and less than 1 year in jail and fines up to $5,000.
- Class C Felonies: Punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or $10,000 fines.
- Class B Felonies: Punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or $20,000 fines.
- Class A Felonies: Punishable by up to life imprisonment and/or $50,000 fines.
These classifications are further divided by the seriousness of the crime. Washington has a complex system of sentencing guidelines that further breaks felonies into 15 seriousness levels with Level I being the least serious felony and Level XV being the most serious.
Expert Criminal Defense Representation
Having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side starting from the early stages of a criminal case can often make a drastic difference in the ultimate outcome. Too many attorneys rarely handle criminal cases and practice 20th century trial techniques in front of 21st century juries. Your defense attorney needs to use the latest techniques to protect your best interests and ensure that the presumption of innocence is maintained. Hiring the right lawyer as soon as possible is crucial in the criminal process to protecting your good name, life and freedom.
The attorneys at Wheeler, Montgomery & Boyd, PLLC pride themselves on their level of experience and their results in criminal defense cases. Don’t let a pending criminal charge or conviction negatively change your future. Call us today 360-690-0064 to schedule an appointment or go online and fill out our no-obligation contact form.