Facing criminal charges is never easy, but when you have an experienced defense attorney at your side, providing advice and speaking on your behalf, the process becomes a lot less worrisome. At Budigan Law Firm in Seattle, I have been defending clients on a range of criminal charges since 1985. Whether you’ve been charged with a traffic offense, DUI, or felony, I am ready to put my extensive experience to work to help you reach the best possible outcome.
Washington classifies most criminal offenses as either felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the most severe crimes, punishable by incarceration in a state prison. Factors such as the use of a weapon, causation of injuries, the existence of prior convictions, and the value or type of property involved can all impact whether a felony is treated as a Class A (the most serious) or a Class B or C. Murder and most rapes are Class A felonies; property theft without using a weapon or vehicle is a Class B; and drug offenses are Class C felonies.
Penalties for Class C felonies include a sentence of up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000, while penalties for Class A and B felonies are considerably greater. If you are facing felony charges, I will use every available strategy to get the charges reduced. For instance, in a felony DWI/DUI charge, we might plead down to a “wet reckless” charge of negligent driving, which is a misdemeanor.
Although misdemeanors are less serious offenses, most are still punishable by terms of imprisonment in the county jail and a heavy fine. You do not want to face the consequences of any criminal conviction, so I fight hard against all types of misdemeanor charges such as:
Some criminal offenses may be felonies or misdemeanors depending on various factors. Check fraud, for example, is treated as a gross misdemeanor if the amount involved is $750 or less, but when the amount is greater, it is treated as a Class C felony. In many cases, I can work to get charges dismissed or amended to keep any penalties as light as possible.
If you are charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) or a traffic offense, you risk losing your driving privileges. Washington law also often sets a minimum jail time, fines, mandatory classes, and other unwanted consequences for these offenses. But there are numerous defense strategies that we can take advantage of, such as questioning the reason for your stop by the police and the reliability of the tests they administered. If you are fighting a license suspension or preparing for a Department of Licensing (DOL) hearing, I will advocate strongly on your behalf.
Washington law treats most white collar crimes such as identity theft, credit card fraud, embezzlement, and insurance fraud as felonies, and these crimes are unlawful at both the state and federal levels. If you face any of these charges, you need to be represented by a trial-tested attorney with experience in both state and federal cases. I have that experience, and I know that in many cases, white collar crime allegations are based on misinterpretation or misunderstanding. I will investigate the facts of your case thoroughly so that I can make the right arguments at the right time in your defense.
In any criminal case, prompt action is important to collect and preserve valuable evidence and avoid taking actions that could compromise your case. If you are facing criminal charges, contact Budigan Law Firm for a free case evaluation and consultation at my Seattle office. Call 206-284-5305 or contact me online to get the legal help you need now.