Felonies & Misdemeanors Lawyer Vancouver, WA
Let The Law Office of Nicholas Wood, P.S’ years of successfully representing clients on felonies and misdemeanors in the Vancouver/Clark County area provide you with the counsel and peace of mind you deserve for your criminal defense needs. We represent clients on all felony and misdemeanors.
Legal Representation for Misdemeanors
A misdemeanor in Washington State consists of either a simple misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor. A simple misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine, with up to two years of probations. Some examples of simple misdemeanors include Disorderly Conduct, Driving While Suspended in the Third Degree, Possession of Marijuana – Forty Grams or Less, Negligent Driving in the First Degree. Gross misdemeanors carry a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and a $5,000, and up two years of probation (DUIs carry up to five years of probation). Some examples of gross misdemeanors include DUI, Reckless Driving, Assault IV, Theft in the Third Degree, and Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree, These offenses carry penalties of up to one year in jail and fines of up to $5,000. Sentencing for either misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor offenses can depend on the specific offense, as some offenses have mandatory minimum penalties, like DUI, while most offenses have no mandatory minimum penalty. The critical sentencing factors that judges will evaluate in determining a sentence include are the nature of the offense itself, any aggravating or mitigating factors involved, such as any physical injury or loss of property, the prior criminal history of the defendant, if any, as well as any victim input, if any.
The Law Office of Nicholas Wood’s almost 18 years of criminal law experience will benefit you in defending your misdemeanor charges. We are respected by judges and prosecutors alike because they know we have the knowledge, experience and tenacity to put our clients in the best position possible. We have had every level of success in defending misdemeanor cases: acquittals, dismissals, reductions of charges to non-criminal resolutions, diversions and deferred prosecutions. No one can guarantee what will happen with your case, but we can guarantee that we will evaluate every angle of the case in order to come up with the best results for you.
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Legal Representation for Felonies
Felony offenses typically carry much more serious consequences than misdemeanors, in terms of potential punishment, and loss of rights, like the right to vote and possess firearms, though certain DV misdemeanor offenses can also result in the loss of rights to possess firearms. Moreover, typically people with felony convictions have much more difficult times finding employment. Felony offenses include everything from Homicide, Robbery, Burglary, Rape, and many other offenses. Class A felonies, which are the most serious, are punishable by prison sentences which can include life, as well as fines of up to $50,000. Class B felonies carry penalties of up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $20,000. Class C felonies are punishable by up to 5 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. A number of these felonies can never be taken off of your record, while others can be taken off of your record, depending on a number of qualifying factors that must occur. Again, we are respected by judges and prosecutors alike because they know we have the knowledge, experience and tenacity to put our clients in the best position possible. We have had every level of success in defending misdemeanor cases: acquittals, dismissals, reductions of charges to non-criminal resolutions, diversions and deferred prosecutions. No one can guarantee what will happen with your case, but we can guarantee that we will evaluate every angle of the case in order to come up with the best results for you.
Experienced Felony & Misdemeanor Representation
Whether you are faced with a felony or misdemeanor charge, your life can be seriously and permanently impacted by a criminal conviction. A criminal conviction can affect your ability to keep your current job, find future employment, hamper career advancement, affect your professional licenses, and even may prevent you from obtaining housing. Getting first-rate, experienced representation to minimize these negative effects is crucial. By discussing your case in a free consultation with Attorney Nick Wood, you will be taking a critical first step in furthering your chances of success as you navigate the criminal justice process.
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