FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Black & Askerov often gets asked questions on certain Washington crimes and issues/topics related to Washington's criminal procedures. In response, we provide the following answers to many of our clients' frequently asked questions:
- Arrests and Interrogations
- What to expect in a federal criminal court case
- Federal Sentencing
- WA State sentencing
- Police misconduct under Washington law
Please note that we are always updating this list. If you have questions about anything not covered above, simply contact us now and we are more than happy to answer your questions.
SEATTLE CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS FIGHTING YOUR STATE OR FEDERAL CHARGES WITH TENACITY AND COMPASSION
Black & Askerov, PLLC represents clients in a wide variety of practice areas - including practice areas at both the state and federal levels. Our Seattle criminal defense lawyers have nearly two decades of combined experience advocating for the rights of our clients and crafting strong arguments on their behalf. We take pride in our commitment to giving clients a straightforward and honest assessment of their case, neither overselling nor underselling their prospects. Our Seattle criminal defense attorneys recognize the importance of understanding each individual client’s situation and will keep you aware of your rights and options at every step of the way - no matter the practice area in which you seek representation in. Whether you need a drug crime attorney or assistance with charges involving white-collar crime, sex crime, domestic violence, DUI, or another offense, we are here to make the process as smooth as possible under the circumstances.
Being charged with a criminal offense is a serious matter that may come with significant penalties. In many cases, these include the possibility of steep fines and jail time. A criminal record also often carries a social stigma that may make it difficult to find and keep a job. This is why it's crucial that a person suspected of or charged with a crime seek the advice of an experienced Seattle criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Constructing a Strong Defense in a Criminal Case
The good news for a person charged with a crime in Washington is that state and federal laws provide a number of potential safeguards and defenses. This holds true across multiple practice areas. The first is the burden of proof. It is important to remember that the burden is at all times on the police and prosecutors to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the crime with which you are charged.
Other defenses often relate to how police officers and prosecutors obtained the evidence that they want to use against you. To pull over your car or stop you on the street, for instance, an officer must have a reasonable suspicion to believe that you are committing or were recently involved in a crime. When law enforcement wants to search a home without a warrant from a judge, the standard is even higher. Police officers must have probable cause to believe that there is evidence of a crime inside, or the situation needs to fall under one of several exceptions to the rule. These exceptions include situations in which evidence or contraband is likely to be destroyed if the police do not get it immediately or if they are in “hot pursuit” of a suspect. If police officers fail to adhere to these rules, the evidence obtained generally may not be used against you.
Explore Your Options with a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Seattle or Surrounding Areas
At Black & Askerov, we have had significant success fighting charges - across multiple practice areas - based on various procedural and substantive grounds. We understand the stress that being charged with a crime may cause to both the person charged and their family. Our Seattle criminal defense attorneys work tirelessly to resolve these matters on appropriate terms. Our firm also has significant experience working with immigrant communities to protect the status of citizens of other countries who are charged with a crime in the United States. We serve clients throughout the city of Seattle, as well as in Tacoma, Everett, Kent, Bellevue, and other areas of King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties. We can also arrange translation services for clients who speak Korean, Russian, Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, French, Tigrinya, Somali, Vietnamese, and many other languages. Call (206) 623-1604 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a member of our firm if you need help in fighting any state or federal charges or in related types of cases such as protection orders or forfeitures.
We serve clients throughout Washington including those in the following localities: King County including Bellevue, Kent, and Seattle; Benton County including Kennewick; Chelan County including Wenatchee; Clallam County including Port Angeles; Grays Harbor County including Aberdeen; Kitsap County including Port Orchard; Kittitas County including Ellensburg; Pierce County including Tacoma; Skagit County including Mount Vernon; Snohomish County including Everett; Spokane County including Spokane; Thurston County including Olympia; Whatcom County including Bellingham; and Yakima County including Yakima.
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