Tacoma Criminal Attorneys
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Facing Pierce County criminal charges?
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Am I being charged with a felony or a misdemeanor?
A good criminal defense starts as soon as a matter is being investigated. If you have already been arrested or charged, we can still help. We can access the court's online data base and docket to help you determine the exact nature of the criminal charge you are facing.
Most of our Pierce County and Tacoma criminal clients have a lot of questions when they first contact our offices. But one of the first questions that frequently ask us when they first contact our offices is whether or not they are being charged with a felony.
If you have been cited to appear in either Tacoma Municipal Court or Pierce County District Court for a criminal arraignment, you are either being charged with a misdemeanor or a gross misdemeanor, and NOT a felony.
The Tacoma Municipal Court and the Pierce County District Court do not have jurisdiction over felony cases. This is how you know that you are being charged with a criminal misdemeanor if your arraignment is in one of these courts. If you are charged with a misdemeanor, you are facing a maximum penalty of up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
If you are charged with a gross misdemeanor, you are facing a maximum penalty of up to 365 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. Most misdemeanors, with a few exceptions for charges such as DUI, do not carry a mandatory jail sentence.
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Our Tacoma criminal defense attorneys handle all District Court and Municipal Court cases. We also handle many Superior Court felonies. If you have been arrested or charged with a crime in Pierce County, you will be required to appear for your arraignment in one of the following courts:
Pierce County District Court
Pierce County City Courts (Often referred to as a local "Municipal Court")
Pierce County Superior Court
Tacoma Criminal Defense Lawyers
Effective Washington Criminal Attorneys
Serving clients throughout Pierce County
The Law Offices of Jason S. Newcombe
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Don't let a Tacoma arrest or criminal charge ruin your life, your career, your finances, or your family.
In recent years, however, it has become much more difficult to qualify for a court-appointed attorney. You also need to understand that if you are a defendant in a Tacoma Municipal Court or a Pierce County criminal case, you must appear at all scheduled hearings or a warrant will be issued for arrest.
If have been arrested or charged with a crime in Pierce County and are unable afford to hire an attorney, the court in which you appear is required to provide you with a referral to an intake evaluation where it will be determined whether or not you can qualify for a public defense.
In all Tacoma Municipal and Pierce County criminal cases, the city or the county must be able prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, and there are many ways to effectively attack many criminal charges, at least on some level. Additionally, every Tacoma and Pierce County criminal defendant has an absolute and guaranteed right to have a lawyer present at every court appearance and hearing.
If you have been charged with a crime in Pierce County, the burden is on the state to prove each and every alleged element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. You are presumed innocent, and our Tacoma criminal defense lawyers will ensure that you are not run over by either the local prosecutors or our courts.
Experienced Tacoma criminal defense lawyers.