Facing criminal charges is a frightening experience that can lead to serious consequences. For this reason, it is essential for every person who has been accused of a crime to seek counsel from a Seattle Criminal Defense Attorney.
I made this FAQ video about how the first steps in the criminal process and how to get your case started on the best possible foot. It matters to have good advice from the beginning because it will set the stage for the rest of your case.
About Criminal Defense Charges in Seattle
Criminal charges in the state of Washington are categorized as either felonies or misdemeanors. Felonies are more serious crimes than misdemeanors, and they tend to carry harsher sentences. Felonies are divided into three different classes: Class A, Class B and Class C. Class A felonies are the most serious crimes in this category. All other crimes are classified as misdemeanors or gross misdemeanors.
If a defendant is charged with DUI, the charge may be categorized as either a misdemeanor or a felony. The classification of the crime will depend on the defendant’s criminal history. Regardless of how the charge is classified, hiring a Seattle DUI attorney is highly recommended.
When someone is convicted of a crime in Washington, he or she may face a variety of different consequences. Depending on the circumstances, the sentence may include time in jail or prison, fines and/or other penalties.
Hiring the Right Criminal Defense or DUI Attorney
People who have been charged with crimes need representation from an experienced Seattle criminal defense lawyer in order to protect themselves in court. A criminal defense lawyer who has experience with these cases can help the defendant collect evidence, locate witnesses and build a strong defense for court. An experienced criminal defense lawyer in Seattle will also provide guidance and support to the defendant throughout the trial. If the prosecution offers the defendant a plea bargain, the criminal defense attorney will help the defendant decide whether or not to accept the offer.
Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney in Seattle
I am a dedicated, compassionate criminal defense lawyer with significant experience in litigation. I have been involved in more than 1,000 hearings during my career and have experience on both sides of the table.
I handle all types of criminal cases in Seattle, including DUI, misdemeanors and felonies. If you are facing criminal charges in Seattle, contact the Law Office of Stefanie Dorn today to schedule a consultation.