Assault is a serious charge. A criminal conviction of violence is a very problematic black mark on your record. This will prevent you from getting many jobs, from going to many countries, and even possibly renting a place to live!
There are four different assault designations: 1° through 4°.
Assault 4° is the least serious of the designations. It is classified as a gross misdemeanor, which means the maximum penalty is 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. Beyond that penalty, you will also receive probation, and possibly a no contact order and some type of court ordered treatment.
Assault 1° through 3° are all felonies. Assault 3° is a class C felony, which means the maximum penalty is 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Assault 2° is a class B felony, which means the maximum penalty is 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Lastly, Assault 1° is a class A felony, which means the maximum penalty is potentially up to life in prison and a $50,000 fine.
The difference between the degrees is dependent on several factors, including, whether there were weapons involved, whether there was serious injuries or the potential of serious injuries, who was the victim, and intent.
If you've been charged with assault, you might not know where to turn for answers. At the Law Offices of Jason S. Newcombe, we're here to help you. Call us today for a free consultation with one of our firm's experienced, affordable Washington criminal defense attorneys.