Criminal Defense Attorneys
Successfully defending those accused of a crime requires experience, creativity and most importantly, the resolve to fight for the best possible outcome for the case. A successful defense doesn’t just happen—it’s a planned strategy by a criminal defense lawyer, bringing all the pieces together.
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In the State of Washington, crimes are divided into various categories of misdemeanors and felonies depending upon the nature and seriousness of the accusations. All criminal convictions include the possibility of incarceration and fines.
Simple misdemeanors are the least serious criminal offenses and carry a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Gross misdemeanors are the next level of serious crimes and carry a maximum sentence of 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. Regardless of the severity, have a criminal defense lawyer by your side can make all the difference.
Felonies are divided into 3 classes:
Class A Felony
Carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $50,000 fine.
Class B Felony
Carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Class C Felony
Carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Note & Kidd have successfully defended all types of criminal accusations. As criminal defense lawyers, we understand how to approach prosecutors and work with judges. We’ve negotiated plea deals, argued dismissal of client charges and provided solid defense that has allowed juries to find our clients “not guilty.”
We have successfully defended over 1,000 cases. Let our proven track record work for you.
Frequently Asked Questions about Criminal Defense
As experienced criminal defense lawyers, Note & Kidd is dedicated to providing the answers to questions frequently encountered as he assists people who have been arrested and charged with a crime. While these answers are meant to be helpful, they do not replace meeting with a criminal defense lawyer in person.
For further questions, don’t hesitate to call the Law Office of Note & Kidd.
It is always a good idea to be courteous and polite, and to not make any sudden or threatening moves that might make the police think you are going for a weapon. Stops are stressful moments for the police just as they are for the person who is stopped, and making the police more stressed is not going to be helpful to your situation.
If you are in a vehicle, the police may ask you to step out of the vehicle, and you are required to do so. They may conduct a pat-down search of your person to make sure you do not have a weapon, and they may conduct a weapons search of the area within your immediate reach as well. Beyond that, they generally cannot conduct a search without a warrant. You do not have to consent to a search or answer questions, and it is generally advisable to withhold such consent. However, you should cooperate with other directions by the police. For instance, if the police tell you they have the right to search, you should not try to obstruct them even if you think they are wrong. Your attorney can raise objections to any illegal searches or seizures at the proper time with the appropriate authorities.
It is almost never in your interest to submit to police questioning without having your attorney present, or at least consulting with your criminal defense lawyer beforehand. If the police are asking you questions, it is because they suspect you are guilty, and they want you to incriminate yourself. All of your answers will be viewed from that perspective, so that no matter what you say, the police or prosecutor will try to find a way to use it against you. When in doubt, ask to speak with your attorney before answering.
All searches must be reasonable in order to be constitutional. In most cases, this means a warrant is required, but there are several exceptions. For instance, police may seize evidence which is in plain view in a place where they are lawfully allowed to be. Certain searches or inventories may be conducted pursuant to a lawful arrest. A warrant is usually required to enter a home, but if the police are pursuing a fleeing felon, they may follow the suspect into a dwelling in certain circumstances. Perhaps most importantly, the police may search without a warrant if they have your permission to do so. It is important to know that you have a right to withhold this consent, and it is generally advisable that you do so until you have spoken with your attorney.
By acquiring a driver’s license, you have given your informed consent to submit to testing when required by the police. If you refuse to submit to a test, you are subject to penalties the same as if you took a test and blew a BAC of .15% or more. These penalties are much more severe than taking the test and being found DUI with a BAC of .08% or more.