Federal Way Criminal Law

Legal Guidance for Federal Way Residents Facing Prosecution

Federal Way is the 10th-largest city in the state of Washington, and it is located in King County between Seattle and Tacoma. It is known as the home of Weyerhaeuser, World Vision, and Wild Waves Theme Park. Federal Way has a high crime rate relative to the rest of the state, with the chances of becoming a victim being 1 in 18. The majority of offenses there are related to property, but the charges that have some of the most significant social and legal consequences include sex offenses and domestic violence. If you are accused of this type of crime, an experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to develop a strong strategy on your behalf. Discuss your case with Timothy L. Healy today.

Sex Offenses and Domestic Violence Complaints in King County

Crimes related to interpersonal intimacy can carry a strong stigma. The consequences of a conviction can haunt you for the rest of your life. Sex offenses in King County include varying degrees of rape, child molestation, sexual misconduct with a minor, voyeurism, custodial misconduct, and criminal trespass. Some of these crimes may sound similar, but they have precise statutory definitions and can be categorized as either felonies or misdemeanors. If the crime is a felony, it can be a Class A, B, or C felony, with Class A felonies having the harshest penalties.

For example, under 9A.44.115, a Washington prosecutor trying to prove voyeurism must prove that the defendant viewed, photographed or filmed the alleged victim without his or her knowledge and consent in a place where he or she could have a reasonable expectation of privacy, or that the defendant viewed, photographed or filmed the intimate areas of the alleged victim without his or her knowledge or consent when the victim had a reasonable expectation of privacy. It is a class C felony.

What about crimes involving people in an intimate relationship? Domestic violence is a designation that is given to a wide range of offenses that occur when the perpetrator and victim have a particular familial or household relationship. It can include the crime of rape. A defendant can be found guilty of rape in the first degree if he or she engages in sexual intercourse with somebody else by force by using or threatening to use a deadly weapon, kidnapping the victim, inflicting a serious physical injury, or illegally entering a building or vehicle where the victim is located.

Rape in the first degree is a class A felony. If a domestic violence designation is used, the consequences are even more serious. The prosecution may request a no contact order, even if the victim recants her statement or does not want this outcome. This in turn can have consequences for any shared children, affecting a father's ability to see them.

Consult a Criminal Defense Attorney in Federal Way

A skilled sex offenses lawyer can develop a strong defense strategy for residents of Federal Way and the surrounding communities. Timothy L. Healy may be able to get a dismissal of your charges if possible, or minimize the consequences. Among other things, we can tell your story persuasively to raise reasonable doubt in the minds of jurors or to eliminate one of the necessary elements for a conviction. For a free and confidential consultation, call (253) 201-0406 or contact us via our online form. Our phone is answered 24/7.