You are guilty of treason under Washington law if you levy a war against the people of the U.S. or aid an enemy of the U.S. This crime a very serious offense that is punishable by death. A skilled criminal defense attorney is a necessity to defend against any charge related to treason.
How Does Washington Law Define Treason?
RCW 9.82.010 is the Washington statute that defines the crime of treason. Per this law, you commit treason if you:
- Levy war against the people of the U.S.,
- Adhere to its enemies, or
- Give its enemies aid and comfort.
To constitute levying war against the state an actual act of war must be committed. To conspire to levy war is not enough.
Further, note that no person shall be convicted for treason unless upon:
- The testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or
- By confession in open court.
What are the Penalties?
Treason is a class A felony under Washington law. Class A felonies, which are the most serious crimes, are punishable by prison sentences which can include life.
Can a Defendant Raise a Legal Defense?
Yes. People charged with treason can contest the charge with a legal defense. A common defense is to show that you did not commit an “act of war.” Another common defense is to show that only one person saw you commit an act of war.
Your criminal defense attorney can also challenge a charge by showing that the police somehow violated your rights under the Constitution of the U.S. For example, your attorney could show that the authorities:
- Arrested you without probable cause,
- Coerced a confession, or
- Conducted an unlawful search and seizure.
Any of these could result in a judge reducing your charges or dismissing your case altogether.
Contact Black & Askerov for Help
While a defendant can raise a legal defense to challenge a treason charge, it will take a skilled criminal defense attorney to raise the best defense. The experienced defense attorneys at Black & Askerov have over 30 years of combined experience defending clients on serious felony charges. Our Seattle criminal defense lawyers also have the skill and commitment that makes all the difference in these cases. Our attorneys will fight tooth and nail for you at every step of your case. Contact us now to get the legal help you deserve!