Seattle Firm Seeks to Resolve Firearms and Weapons Charges
Washington State attorneys represent defendants in deadly weapons cases
The state of Washington takes firearms seriously, and in most cases, the presence or use of a firearm can result in serious charges and longer sentences for criminal defendants charged with other crimes. At Peale Law Firm Inc. in Seattle, we’ve achieved positive results for countless clients charged with major firearms and weapons crimes. We work hard to provide our clients with the strongest possible defense, and with our record of courtroom success, we aren’t afraid to take your case to court at any level.
Knowledgeable counsel about all major weapons charges
There are many crimes that can involve the use of deadly weapons, and the presence of one always increases the seriousness of the crime. Assault, robbery or burglary committed with a firearm or deadly weapon is considered to be a crime in the first degree. With a crime like robbery, even the presence of a weapon that only appears real or deadly makes it a first degree robbery.
In addition, unless a gun is acquired legally, unlawful possession of a firearm is a class B felony. This charge is often added on top of the underlying criminal charge and is in addition to any aggravation, degree enhancement or sentence increase stemming from the presence of a firearm. At Peale Law Firm Inc., we can help you determine the risks of trial and will seek ways to minimize the charges and sentence you face before you ever step foot in the courtroom.
Sentencing penalties for defendants convicted of a felony with a firearm
If Washington residents are convicted of a felony while carrying a firearm or deadly weapon, they face a sentencing enhancement. The enhancement is mandatory, not up to the judge, and can make the sentence for a crime exceed its statutory maximum. The enhancement adds:
- Five years for any class A felony
- Three years for any class B felony
- Eighteen months for any class C felony
These amounts are doubled if the defendant has any previous deadly weapon enhancements. A knowledgeable advocate like the attorneys at Peale Law Firm Inc. will take this into account in advising the best course of action and the risks of a trial versus a plea bargain.
Skilled defense for gun crimes
Although the law takes the use of firearms and deadly weapons seriously, in many cases the use can be ruled justifiable. Assault and even homicide can be found justifiable if it is defense of yourself, your family or someone in your immediate presence, or if it is done resisting someone attempting to commit a felony against you or in your home with you present. The use of force, if not excessive, is lawful in a wider range of cases, like when needed to detain someone who has entered your property or to prevent damage to your property.
Contact a knowledgeable Seattle gun crimes attorney for a free consultation.
If you or someone you love has been charged with a crime involving a gun or deadly weapon, you need a criminal defense firm with extensive experience like Peale Law Firm Inc. in Seattle, Washington. Call us any time at 206-906-9112 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.