Gun and Weapon Offenses For a Serious Charge, You Need a Serious Defense

Gun & Weapons Crime Defense Lawyers in Shoreline

Representing Seattle 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., we have achieved positive results for countless clients charged with major gun 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.

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Knowledgeable Counsel for 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 appears real or deadly but is not, 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, 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 Felony with a Firearm Convictions

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. Our Shoreline weapons crime attorneys are knowledgeable advocates that will take this into account when 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 Peale Law Firm 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. Peale Law Firm proudly serves the arrested and accused throughout Seattle and across Washington State.

Call us any time at (206) 429-4777 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

Client Success Stories

Making People a Priority
  • If anyone can get him off it will be you.

    “Mr. Peale I think your client is guilty. That is why I arrested him. I look forward to trial. You always do a good job. If anyone can get him off it will be you.”

    - Sheriff Homicide Detective
  • I knew you would give him the best defense.

    “Walt I referred my neighbor to you because I knew you would give him the best defense he could get. He told me I was right.”

    - J.L., County Sheriff
  • One of the finest criminal defense attorneys in the state.

    “As an attorney who has practiced criminal law for 45 years, I know Walter Peale to be one of the finest criminal defense attorneys in the state. Walter has a reputation as a skilled advocate and a ...”

    - John Segelbaum, Attorney
  • You are the best!

    “I thought about getting a different lawyer but all the guards said I was crazy. They see all the lawyers in trial. They said you are the best. I guess they were right. Thank you.”

    - Former Client
  • You should be glad he is your lawyer.

    “Mr. [defendant] you should be glad he is your lawyer. Mr. Peale is one of the best in King county.”

    - R. K., Judge
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What Makes Us Different? 

  • Committed to Our Clients' Best Interests
  • Over 40 Years of Combined Experience
  • Confident & Effective in the Courtroom
  • More than 300 Jury Trials Handled
  • Over 30 Murder Cases Tried
  • Se Habla Español

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