Kitsap County Misdemeanor Defense Lawyer
Kitsap Criminal Defense provides misdemeanor defense representation for clients in Kitsap County who are charged with a misdemeanor crime. Hearings and trials for misdemeanor criminal charges made in Kitsap County may be heard by municipal courts in the city charged (Bremerton Municipal Court, Port Orchard Municipal Court, Poulsbo Municipal Court, Bainbridge Island Municipal Court), Kitsap County District Court or Superior Court here in Kitsap County.
What is a Misdemeanor in Washington State
Misdemeanor charges may be considered low level crimes, but convictions can lead to jail time and expensive fines. Simple misdemeanors (misdemeanors) like 1st degree negligent driving, disorderly conduct or hunting/fishing violations may carry penalties of up to 90 days in jail and up to $1000 in fines. Gross Misdemeanors like Assault IV, Domestic Violence, and Criminal Trespassing may carry penalties of up to 364 days in jail and up to $5000 in fines.
While misdemeanors may be considered to be less severe crimes, they can still have long lasting consequences like not being able to get certain jobs, security clearance or difficulties obtaining housing. Our chief goal is to work to minimize any impact that criminal charges will have on our client’s lives and futures.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor in Kitsap County, call our office at 360.204.5954 to schedule a 30-minute free consultation with a criminal defense attorney who can help you.
Examples of Misdemeanors in Washington State
Assault 4th Degree
DUI (Driving Under the Influence, commonly Drunk Driving, may be considered a felony under certain conditions)
Criminal Trespass 1st Degree
Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree
Custodial Interference 2nd Degree
Possession of Stolen Property 3rd Degree(Other than firearm and motor/or vehicle- which are felonies)
Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree
Failure to Disperse
Theft of Property valued less than $750 (4th Degree)
Misdemeanor Criminal Defense Representation for Military Service Members in Western Washington
If you are a military service member in Western Washington and you have been charged with a misdemeanor in civilian courts, you are undoubtedly aware of the potential consequences. Attorney Eric McDonald is the lead defense attorney here at Kitsap Criminal Defense. He is also a retired Lieutenant-Commander and former Navy JAG Corps officer. There are few attorneys with his experience and understanding of the unique challenges you face within the military and from the civilian courts.
If you are active duty military and have been charged with a misdemeanor, Attorney McDonald can help you navigate the parallel channels of civilian courts and military commands. He has practiced on military installations throughout Western Washington including Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Naval Base Kitsap (PSNS, Bangor), Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, and Naval Station Everett.
To schedule a free consultation with Attorney McDonald, call our office at 360.204.5604.
Misdemeanor Representation outside of Kitsap County
(King County, Pierce County, Thurston County, Mason County, Jefferson County, Clallam County)
Kitsap Criminal Defense can provide misdemeanor criminal defense representation on a case by case basis outside of Kitsap County. If you have a misdemeanor case in King County, Pierce County, Thurston County, Mason County, Jefferson County or Clallam County (Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Belfair, Shelton, Port Townsend, Port Angeles and outlying areas), contact our office at 360.204.5954 for a free consultation with a criminal defense attorney.