Tucson, AZ asked in Criminal Law for Washington

Q: Why would someone have 2 counts against them Assault 2 with a weapon and assault 4?

Last Thursday I was in a domestic violence incident. The accused is charged with the question above. I’m unsure why he has two different charges for one single incident… a weapon was not used during the assault. When the police went to question him he came out with a loaded gun? Could the assault 2 be because of that?? What are the chances of the charges being dropped, minimized or sentencing to not be too horrible. I am carrying his child and the last thing I want is for him to go to jail or prison and my daughter to not be able to meet him.

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Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Tacoma, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: Sorry to hear. In Washington State, it is not uncommon to have multiple charges for a single incident involving domestic violence allegations. The police report should give the reasoning behind the weapon enhancement. It is not uncommon to be over-charged. He will of course need a good attorney to fight the charges and mitigate the consequences. Best of luck.

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