In Washington State, assault in the first degree is defined as the attempt to harm someone in a way that will cause great bodily harm or death. The attempt is done intentionally and generally with some kind of deadly weapon. Since first degree assault is charged as a class A felony, a convicted defendant can face life in prison. But the State has lesser assault charges: second and third degree assault.
Second degree assault involves numerous types of harm that may come to a victim such as:
Bodily injury or bodily harm are terms to describe the severity of harm done to a victim. The harm seriously impairs a victim’s health or comfort. The permanent or severe injuries include, but are not limited to:
A deadly weapon is any instrument that is designed to inflict harm, or one that can be used to assault someone.
Yes, second degree assault is charged as a class B felony. A convicted defendant can face up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $20,000.
Yes, a criminal lawyer will help you build a defense to fight your assault charge.
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