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Felonies and Violent Crimes in Snohomish County, Washington:
If you have been charged with a felony or violent crime in Snohomish County, Washington, you need experienced, local representation.
Some examples of violent or felony crimes are:
- Drug Posession, Manufacture, or Delivery (also called VUCSA crimes)
- Assault in the First Degree
- Assault in the Second Degree
- Assault in the Third Degree
- Sex Offenses
- Possession of Stolen Property
Typically, clients or their loved ones contact me in four situations: (1) I think I committed a felony; (2) The police contacted me and asked to question me about a felony; (3) Me or my loved one was arrested and is in jail for a felony; and, (4) I received a summons to appear in Superior Court for a felony.
If a police officer or detective has probable cause to believe you committed a felony the officer/detective can do one of two things: (1) arrest you and book you into Snohomish County Jail; or, (2) collect evidence and witness statements and refer the case to a Snohomish County Prosecutor for a charging decision. The difference, obviously, is that one option puts you behind bars before you are charged and the other leaves you free until a prosecutor makes a charging decision.
Only prosecutors, not police, can charge you with a felony. If a officer or detective declares that they have probable cause to arrest you for a felony, they can book you into Snohomish County Jail. Then, you can be held for up to 72 hours until a prosecutor decides to release you or charge you and ask a judge for bail. So, if you are held in custody on a felony, a critical decision is to decide whether to post bail during that 72 hours. If you post bail, you can often be released without spending three days in jail. If you don’t post bail, you may be released anyway depending on the prosecutors decision.
Either way, you should still contact an attorney. Just because you are released, doesn’t mean charges aren’t coming your way. Often, an attorney can speak with the prosecutor and influence the charging decision before charges are filed.
Experienced, Local Representation:
As a former Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, I have successfully handled many felony cases in Snohomish County Superior Court. Generally, the earlier I can get involved with a case, the better. If I can show the prosecutor another side of the story or present potential problems with their case, we may be able to reduce the severity of the charges or even avoid them altogether. The deputy prosecutor making the charging decision may decide upon lesser charges, or even decide against filing charges at all. It is my familiarity with the local system in Snohomish County and its decision makers that often makes successful resolutions possible.
Call me if I can help.