Criminal defense has long been a priority here at Bianchi Law Firm. We are known not only as lawyers who defend those charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but also as lawyers who represent clients in the Bellevue and Greater Seattle area in cases involving assault, felony defense, weapons violations and other charges. We have firsthand experience in this area and understand the stress and uncertainty that come with criminal charges.
Our litigation skills are effective across the entire spectrum of criminal defense, starting with George L. Bianchi’s initial experience as a King County deputy prosecutor from 1982 to 1985. This early work was ideal training for his work as a criminal defense attorney for the following 30 years. Each case is unique, but our extensive experience means that we know what will work for your individual legal needs.
The Consequences You Could Face
There are felony and misdemeanor charges in Washington state. Both can lead to fines and jail time, but felony charges are the more serious of the two. Often a charge will start out as a misdemeanor and then be elevated to a felony. DUI is a common example of this.
Often regarded as minor criminal offenses, common examples of misdemeanors would be shoplifting, disorderly conduct and possession of illegal drugs. Gross misdemeanors are more serious examples of the above, such as DUI and reckless driving. Penalties depend on circumstances, but can include up to a $5,000 fine and one year in the county jail.
These serious crimes include sexual assault, armed robbery, drug trafficking, assault and homicide. Depending on circumstances, penalties can be one of the following:
- Class A felonies: Punishable by up to life imprisonment and $50,000 in fines
- Class B felonies: Punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines
- Class C felonies: Punishable by up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines
Legal Guidance You Can Trust
A felony conviction can have extremely serious consequences that are often life changing. At Bianchi Law Firm, we know this and will make the law work for you at every turn, ensuring that your legal rights are fully protected. If the case does go to trial, George Bianchi’s skills as a talented litigator will be on full display to protect you.