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A King County misdemeanor charge includes Theft, Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Malicious Mischief, Hit and Run, Reckless Driving and many more. A misdemeanor is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine and a gross misdemeanor is punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $5000 fine. Additionally, many of these charges carry other penalties like a license suspension or requirements like theft awareness classes. If you have been accused of a crime, you need a King County Criminal Defense Lawyer that knows how to defend you and protect your rights. A criminal conviction can have severe consequences on your current job and your future prospects. Contact the Law Firm of Lucas D. McWethy to discuss your case and how I can help you protect your future.
If you have been charged with a DUI, you need a King County DUI Lawyer to fight for you. Driving Under the Influence is one of the most common misdemeanor charges in King County. Just being charged with a DUI can lead to strict supervision by the court including an Ignition Interlock Device, 24/7 sobriety monitoring, and/or bail. A DUI conviction will lead to mandatory jail time, fines, license suspension, ignition interlock requirements, alcohol treatment, and more. You need an attorney skilled in DUI defense to fight for you and get the best possible outcome. Call for a free case evaluation.
If you were stopped and arrested in King County you will either be prosecutor by the County or by the City you were arrested in. This depends on both where you were arrested and what crime you were arrested for. While a misdemeanor charge like DUI, Theft 3, Assault 4, etc may be prosecuted by either the County or the City; Felony charges like, Assault 1-3, Theft 1-2, Eluding, Trafficking, etc. will always be forwarded to the County (or the Federal Government depending on the allegations).
Your first court appearance is typically referred to as the Arraignment. At this hearing the Judge reviews the charges, advises you of those charges, and considers conditions of release. It is best to have an attorney with you at this stage so that if the City or State is asking for harsh conditions for your release, you have a skilled King County Criminal Defense Lawyer to protect your rights. It is not uncommon for prosecutors to ask for Ignition Interlock Devices, No Contact Orders, TAD or SCRAM bracelets, or a high bail amount. Whether you are in the City of Seattle Court, Kent Municipal Court, Federal Way Court, King County District Court, or any other court within King County, the City or State will have their prosecutor arguing for strict conditions to be placed on you. You need a King County Lawyer on your side.
After the arraignment, and the imposition of conditions of release, you will receive notice of your next court date. This is the procedural beginning of your case. The longer you wait to have the right Lawyer, the more difficult your case can become. Contact me for a free case evaluation and affordable rates.
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PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE: A criminal charge can be sudden and financially devastating. At the Law Firm of Lucas McWethy we will work with you to come up with a plan that you can afford. We offer in house financing, reasonable retainers, and discounts for military and first time offenders.
As a King County Criminal Defense Lawyer I have represent those accused of criminal offenses in the District court as well as every municipality. If you or a loved one has been arrested in King County, you need the help of a skilled, affordable, and respected attorney.
Depending on what you have been charged with, the State or City may request severe conditions be placed upon you if you are to be released from the King County Jail. For example, if you have been arrested for a DUI, the Judge may impose an Ignition Interlock requirement or a 24/7 sobriety device. If you have been arrested for an assault (DV or non DV), the prosecutor will likely request a No Contact Order which will restrict your access and may even require you to relocate. Your case will be assigned to one of the many divisions within King County: Auburn, Bellevue, Burien, Issaquah, Kent, Redmond, Seattle, Shoreline, Vashon or one of the municipalities. Contact the Law Firm of Lucas D. McWethy at 206-427-4901 to discuss your case and how we can protect your rights.
A King County Felony can land you in prison and strip away many of your constitutional rights. It is absolutely essential to have a skilled King County Criminal Defense Lawyer fighting for you from day one. The State will spare no expense in preparing their case against you, you need the skill and expertise of the Law Firm of Lucas D. McWethy to fight for you. Depending on the charge and your history, the State will not be going easy on you. You have to be prepared to stand up for your rights and fight to preserve your future. Contact me at 206-427-4901 for your free case evaluation.