Harbeson Law

Assault Attorney


Washington Assault Attorney Michael Harbeson Can Help!

In Washington, a person commits the crime of assault by hitting, touching, or attempting to injure another person or intentionally placing another person in fear of injury by some physical act. Assaults that cause serious or substantial bodily harm, as well as those against children under the age of 13 and certain protected employees, are felonies.

Under Washington’s laws, assault crimes are divided up by degree, with first degree assault being the most serious and fourth degree assault being the least serious.

  • Assault in the first degree is a Class A felony.
  • Assault in the second degree is a Class B felony.
  • Assault in the third degree is a Class C felony.
  • Assault in the fourth degree is a Gross Misdemeanor.

What Are Different Types of Assault ?

Simple Assault: In Washington, a person commits the crime of simple assault by intentionally touching or striking another person, in a harmful or offensive way, attempting to inflict injury on another, when the defendant has the apparent ability to do so, or committing any act that intentionally places another person in apprehension of harm.

Reckless Endangerment: A person commits the crime of reckless endangerment by recklessly engaging in conduct that creates a risk of death or serious physical injury. People act recklessly when they disregard the substantial risks to others created by their conduct. Recklessness is always a gross deviation from how a reasonable person in the same situation would act.

Domestic Violence: Occurs when there is an assault and reckless endangerment between family and household members is domestic violence. Family and household members include spouses, former spouses, people who have children together, people related by blood or marriage, adults who live together or have lived together, and people who are or have been in a dating relationship.

Regardless of the degree charged the goals remains the same. We will help you avoid conviction for the criminal charge, but perhaps more importantly, keep you out of jail.


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