DUI (Driving Under the Influence)
DUI charges in Washington are very serious. If you have been charged with a DUI, you could be facing extremely severe penalties including loss of your driver’s license, fines and jail time. DUIs may also affect your insurance rates, and your ability to find employment.
People who take action early get the best results. Speaking with an attorney at the earliest stages of a proceeding is extremely important because it ensures that you do not make poor legal decisions with potentially devastating and lasting consequences.
At Fields Law Office we work hard to see each case from our client’s perspective. We take pride in giving responsive, individualized and professional representation. We take the time to learn how the outcome will impact our clients’ lives and use every resource to minimize the damage to their lives and promote a positive outcome.
Domestic violence cases are often difficult. The circumstances surrounding such charges are often emotionally and psychologically complex. Facing criminal charges under such sensitive circumstances can leave a person overwhelmed and confused as to how to proceed. We understand the complexity of a domestic violence case and are equipped to defend you with the utmost respect and with your best interest in mind.
In Washington, prosecuting attorneys take domestic violence cases very seriously. Domestic violence charges may be prosecuted even if the accuser later recants the allegations. The accuser does not need to be a current spouse, fiancée or someone you currently live with. A former spouse, a person you lived with in the past, a parent of your child, or anyone you dated in the past can file a domestic violence report against you.
The degree of abuse or the level of injury to the alleged victim will typically determine the penalty for the domestic violence related charges. Domestic violence charges can carry prison time, jail time, probation, and community service as well as batterer treatment and parenting classes. If convicted of domestic violence, the conviction will appear on your permanent criminal record and can appear on routine background checks. You may also lose your gun rights if convicted of domestic violence charges.
As former prosecutors, our attorneys are knowledgeable in how domestic violence cases are handled in the prosecuting attorney’s office and by the court. In many cases, it may be of benefit for your attorney to contact the prosecutor before a filing decision is made. This allows your defense attorney to give the prosecutor who makes the filing decision a better picture of the circumstances, which lead to police involvement. If you or a loved one have been arrested on domestic abuse charges call to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
In Washington, there are three levels of felony charges. The level of felony charged depends upon the severity of the alleged crime. The punishment for a conviction of a felony depends upon one’s criminal history and is determined by the Washington State Sentencing Guidelines. The maximum penalties are:
- Class A felony: Up to life imprisonment and a $50,000 fine or both.
- Class B felony: Up to ten (10) years in prison and a $20,000 fine or both.
- Class C felony: Up to five (5) years in prison and a $10,000 fine or both.
- Child Molestation
- Internet Sex Crimes
- Assault – Domestic Violence
- Drug Charges (VUCSA- Violation of Controlled Substance Act)
- Identity theft
- Trafficking in Stolen Property
- Felony DUI
- Weapons Violations
This list is not exclusive. Felony charges can be brought for multiple offenses and carry severe penalties, which can affect you for the remainder of your life.
Remember, the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution gives you have an absolute Right to Remain Silent. Do not help the police create evidence against you by talking to them without an attorney present. You will probably be hurting yourself in the end.
If you are being investigated or have been charged with a felony, do not answer questions or discuss your conduct with anyone but your attorney. Call our office for a free consultation today.
A misdemeanor offense is a lesser crime punishable by a fine and/or county jail time for up to one year. Crimes are classified as infractions, misdemeanors or felonies depending on the seriousness of the crime.
- Assault (DV)
- Violation of a No Contact Order
- Disorderly Conduct
- Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP)
- No Ignition Interlock Device
- Resisting Arrest
- Obstructing Justice
- Reckless Driving
- Reckless Endangerment
- Driving while license suspended (DWLS)
- Criminal Trespass
- Malicious Mischief
- Hit and Run
- Many hunting or game violations
This list is not exclusive. Many criminal offenses can be charged as felonies or misdemeanors, depending on the severity of the crime.
A misdemeanor conviction may result in:
- It could be on your record for life
- County Jail
- Mandatory classes
- Significant fines
- Loss of the right to possess deadly weapons
The likelihood of any of the above consequences depends on:
- The severity of the crime
- The extent of the injury or damage
- Mitigating or aggravating circumstances
- Prior convictions
- Currently on probation or parole
If you are accused of a misdemeanor, you should speak to an attorney immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses and the complicated legal system. Call our office for a free consultation today.
In today's climate, sex offenses carry a special stigma. Accusations of a sex offense are serious and must be addressed as soon as possible. If you are being investigated or have been charged with such a crime, do not answer questions or discuss your conduct with anyone but your attorney.
Allegations of sexual assault, child molestation, internet pornography and other sex crimes may have very serious consequences. An arrest can damage your reputation. A conviction can impact your job, your personal relationships and your family life.
A person accused of a sex crime needs an experienced lawyer. Conviction of a sex crime can be more serious than any other kind of criminal conviction. Call now for a free consultation.