If you have been accused, charged or arrested for the crime of harassment, you are believed to have knowingly threatened to cause bodily harm to another person, to cause physical damage to another's property, to subject the person to confinement against their will, or maliciously do any other act intended to substantially harm the person with respect to their mental health and well-being. Additionanally, it would be alleged that by words or conduct, you have placed the person threatened in reasonable fear that the threat will be carried out.
In Washington, if you are convicted of a gross misdemeanor such as harassment, you could face penalties of up to a year in jail and pay fines up to $5,000. Additionally, a person convicted of harassment may be requried under statute to give a DNA sample per court order upon conviction. Harassment may be charged as a felony if the conduct alleged includes allegations of threats to kill, or the person harassed is working within the criminaul justice system at the time of the alleged harassment, among other reasons.
If you are facing harassment charges, it is very important that you speak with an experienced Seattle criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer can help build a solid defense on your behalf that is aimed at getting you the outcome you desire. Depending upon your situation, your legal advocate may even be able to get your charges reduced or dismissed altogether.
Why do I need a Seattle criminal attorney?
It is always important to speak with an attorney if you are facing any type of criminal accusation, including trespassing. If you are convicted of a crime, that offense remains on your record and it may cause certain difficulties for you later in life. Not only do you have your present to consider, you must also provide for your future success and freedom. That is why the criminal trespassing lawyers at Baker, Lewis, Schwisow & Laws, PLLC are devoted to providing you with an experienced and aggressive defense. Your freedom and rights are important to you and they should be equally important to your legal representative.