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Criminal Defense Attorney, Criminal Law Lawyer Kitsap County

Over 14,000 crimes are reported to local and county police departments each year in Kitsap County. If you are on the wrong side of one of those reports the fear and worry you experience can be overwhelming, even if you have not done anything wrong.  The US criminal justice system is not designed to protect the rights of the accused, or even acknowledge them unless it is demanded. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony crime, or even just a civil infraction, or think that you might be, a criminal defense lawyer at Compass Legal Services, P.S. can help protect your rights and help you maintain the peace of mind you deserve while navigating the criminal justice system.

If you are facing criminal charges, believe you have been unfairly cited for a civil infraction, your rights have been violated by the criminal justice system or you are a military service member who has been charged or expects to be charged in a criminal law matter, call our office today at 360.471.3300 for a no cost criminal law consultation with a criminal defense lawyer.

We work with clients across Kitsap County, including Port Orchard, Bremerton, Silverdale, Kingston, Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island and outlying areas, as well as clients outside of Kitsap County with family law matters under the jurisdiction of the Kitsap County Superior Court to ensure that both parents and children are afforded strong legal advocacy to gain crucial protections and equitable resolutions in Family Law matters.

If you need a defense attorney for matters in Pierce, King, Thurston, Mason, Jefferson or Clallam Counties we may be able to help you as well.  We take cases outside of Kitsap County based on our attorneys’ availability.

What should I do if I am charged with a crime, or think I might be?

If you are being questioned about a crime that may or may not have been committed, you have the right to remain silent and you should remain so until you have spoken with a defense attorney.  Always be polite if you are approached by law enforcement and explain that you are happy to be of assistance once you have been advised by your attorney to do so.

If you have been charged with a crime, or expect to be, a criminal defense attorney will serve as the best available buffer between you and the courts, law enforcement and legal process.  The courts and law enforcement are not responsible for protecting your best interest.  Your defense attorney can help you navigate the criminal justice system and advocate for your rights and interests and protect you from making many devastating mistakes that come from lack of understanding of the law and legal process.

Almost universally, No.  The Criminal Justice System and the laws from which it derives are a complicated beast at the very best.  You should always at least consult with a criminal lawyer before entering into any plea deal with the prosecutor or pleading guilty in court.  This is important because the court will not give you legal advice or explain the options available to you.  A guilty plea without an attorney very often turns into a lot of money and frequently more time in jail (even when no time in jail may have been necessary at all).  A plea of Not Guilty can buy you time to seek counsel and be advised of your legal rights and options.

Criminal Defense Lawyer for Felony Cases, including Drug Possession in Kitsap County

Felony criminal charges, whether for Drug Possession, Burglary or other charges, are serious matters.  They carry the potential for five or more years in prison and many thousands of dollars in fines, if you are convicted.  If you have been charged with drug possession or any other felony criminal charge, or expect that you may be, speaking with a Criminal Law Attorney is critical.  Convictions in these matters can have far reaching consequences which may be avoided or diminished with the help of an experience defense lawyer.

If you have been charged with a Felony in Kitsap County, or expect that you might be, contact Compass Legal Services, P.S. at 360.471.3300 to schedule a no cost consultation with a criminal defense attorney immediately and do not discuss your case with anyone else until advised to do so, or not to do so, by your attorney.  Remember that your right to remain silent is of critical importance.

Criminal Defense Lawyer for DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and Other Misdemeanor Cases in Kitsap County

Thousands of misdemeanor criminal complaints are charged each year ranging from simple assault to petty theft and Driving Under the Influence.  While these are considered low level crimes, they can have serious consequences including monetary fines, jail time and loss of your driver’s license.  Additionally, criminal convictions of any kind can affect employment and housing opportunities.

At Compass Legal Services, P.S. we provide experienced criminal defense for misdemeanor criminal law matters. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, whether a DUI or other charges, a defense attorney can help you explore the options available to you, provide an important buffer between yourself, the prosecutor and courts, and negotiate the best possible resolution to your case, including trial defense if necessary.

To schedule a no-cost consultation for misdemeanor matters please call our office at 360.471.3300.

Criminal Appeals, Expungement and LFO Relief

Criminal Appeals

If you have been convicted of a crime and want to appeal your conviction to a higher court, Compass Legal Services, P.S. can help you through the criminal appeals process.  We can make no guarantees about the success of a criminal appeal; however, our firm can provide you with experienced legal guidance and help you to navigate the criminal appeals process.

Expungement of Criminal Convictions

If you have been convicted of a crime and would like to have that conviction (or convictions) expunged from your record, we can provide legal guidance and representation to help have your record expunged.  It is important to understand that not all convictions may be expunged, regardless of the length of time since the original conviction.  If you would like to meet with a criminal law attorney to discuss the expungement of a criminal conviction, please contact our office at 360.471.3300 for a no-cost criminal law consultation.

Legal Financial Obligation Relief (LFO’s)

Legal Financial Obligations are fines levied against an individual convicted on criminal charges.  In some cases all or part of these LFO’s can be forgiven by the courts, depending on specific criteria.  At Compass Legal Services, P.S., a criminal law attorney can help you explore the relief options that may available to you.  If you are interested in finding out if you are eligible for relief from LFO’s, please contact our office at 360.471.3300 to schedule a no-cost criminal law consultation.

Classifications of Criminal Charges

What is a Felony?

Felonies are the most serious class of crimes in Washington State.  Felony convictions are sentenced according to a 15-level scale of seriousness carrying sentencing ranges of increasing length at each level where Level 1 is the least serious felony.

Class C Felony

A Class C Felony in Washington State is the least serious type of felony but still more egregious than a gross misdemeanor. Class C Felonies include 3rd Degree Assault, theft of property between $750 and $5000 in value, certain drug related offenses and, in some cases, DUI.

Class C Felony Criminal Sentencing Guidelines in Washington State

A Class C Felony in Washington State is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Class B Felony

Class B Felonies in Washington State are considered more serious crimes with higher sentencing guidelines.  Class B Felonies include theft of a firearm or motor vehicle, trafficking stolen property, and sexually motivated crimes.

Class B Felony Criminal Sentencing Guidelines in Washington State

A Class B Felony in Washington State is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.

Class A Felony

Class A Felony crimes in Washington State are the most serious class of criminal offenses and may carry a maximum sentencing of life in prison.  Class A Felonies include 1st and 2nd Degree Murder, Rape and Homicide by Abuse.

Class A Felony Criminal Sentencing Guidelines in Washington State

A Class A Felony in Washington State is punishable by up to life imprisonment and $50,000 in fines.

***Please note that our firm is unable to provide criminal defense representation for Class A Felony matters.

What are Misdemeanor and Gross Misdemeanor Crimes?

Misdemeanor and Gross Misdemeanor crimes in Washington State are low level criminal offenses.  Such crimes include trespassing, reckless driving, theft of property valued less than $750.00 and DUI.

Misdemeanor Criminal Sentencing Guidelines in Washington State

A Simple Misdemeanor in Washington State is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 in fines.

Gross Misdemeanor Criminal Sentencing Guidelines in Washington State

A Gross Misdemeanor in Washington State is punishable by up to 1 year in jail and $5000 in fines.

Call our office immediately at 360.471.3300 to schedule a no cost criminal law consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

What is a Civil Infraction in Kitsap County and Washington State?

Civil Infractions are misdemeanor crimes that have been decriminalized and appropriated to Municipal and District courts as less serious acts.  Minor Traffic Infractions, noise violations, violations of specific city or county ordinances would be classified as civil infractions.

If you believe you have been unfairly cited for a civil infraction, please contact our office at 360.471.3300 for a no-cost consultation regarding your citation.

When to call a Family Law Lawyer

Waiting to reach out for help is always a bad idea, especially if you have been served with court documents that carry a deadline for a response or if a hearing is already scheduled. If you think you need legal advice or don’t feel comfortable managing your case or going to court on your own, don’t wait until a week or a couple of days before a hearing or a deadline to reach out as most firms do not have walk-in availability. Our attorneys can provide you with specific guidance and support to help you address your legal matter with confidence.
To schedule a legal consultation, call our office at 360.471.3300.

“I need a DUI Attorney near me!” If you have been Charged with a DUI in Kitsap County, Contact a DUI Attorney at Compass Legal Services, P.S.

If you have been charged with a DUI (Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs) in Kitsap County, call our office immediately to schedule a no-cost criminal law consultation with an experienced DUI attorney.  DUI charges do not have to destroy your life.  Your DUI attorney can help you examine the facts in your case, address all the options for your defense and negotiate with the prosecuting attorney on your behalf.  Most DUI cases can be resolved without going to trial, but our team is fully prepared to provide the best possible representation in your DUI matter.

To schedule a no-cost consultation with a DUI Attorney at Compass Legal Services, P.S. call our office at 360.471.3300.

Criminal Defense Attorney for Military Service Members

Criminal Defense Attorney Eric McDonald is a retired Lieutenant Commander of the United States Navy and former JAG Corps Attorney.  He has been providing criminal defense services for military service members for over twenty years.  If you are a military service member and have been charged with a crime including felony charges and misdemeanor charges, call our office today at 360.471.3300 to schedule a no-cost consultation with Defense Attorney Eric McDonald.

Criminal Defense Lawyer for Pierce County, King County, Mason County, Thurston County, Jefferson County, Clallam County Cases

Compass Legal Services, P.S. offers criminal defense representation outside of Kitsap County in Pierce County, Mason County, King County, Thurston County, Clallam County and Jefferson County on a case by case basis depending on attorney availability.  If you need to speak with a criminal defense lawyer about a case in Pierce County, King County, Mason County, Thurston County, Clallam County or Jefferson County, please contact our office at 360.471.3300 to schedule a no-cost consultation with a criminal lawyer.