Public crimes

Ashbach Law Offices, LLC, has over 45 years combined experience helping clients facing allegations that are considered “against the public” in Washington State, saving jail time, occupations and reputations. Our goal is to aggressively protect you, your family and your interests from the prosecution. If you are, or someone you care about is, facing jail, embarrassment, job loss or other undesirable outcomes, call us at 360-659-4950 or 1-888-WA-LAW-NW for a free, no-pressure individualized consultation. We help good people in bad situations. Let us help you.

Animal Cruelty


Within the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals chapter of the RCWs are many different misdemeanors and felonies. The most commonly-charged of these offenses are the Animal Cruelty charges, which can either be a Felony or Misdemeanor depending upon degree alleged. In some cases, a person convicted of a charged crime may be required to reimburse the State for the cost of prosecution.

Animal Cruelty allegations can have significant downstream impacts, which can include loss of ability to possess animals and harm to reputation, in addition to jail, fine and probationary concerns. Let our lawyers use our knowledge, experience and track record to protect you, or someone you care about, with your charge. Call 360-659-4950 or 1-888-WA-LAW-NW for a free, no-pressure consultation. ...more

Sample Result - Felony reduced to Misdemeanor

Criminal Mischief (Formerly “Riot”)


As of January 1, 2014, the “Riot” criminal allegation has been re-codified as “Criminal Mischief.” The elements are essentially the same, requiring four or more persons to be involved. Criminal Mischief may be charged as a Gross Misdemeanor or a Class C Felony, depending on circumstances.

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Dangerous Dogs


There are two general statutes governing “dangerous dogs” in Washington that relate to the possession without registration, or failure to properly restrain, a “dangerous dog.” There is often a dispute as to what qualifies as a dangerous dog, as there is a significant difference between a “dangerous dog” and a “potentially dangerous dog.” In addition to state laws, many cities and municipalities have their own local ordinances relating to animals.

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Sample Result - Permitting Dangerous Dog to be Unrestrained - Dismissed

Disorderly Conduct


Under state law, there are generally four methods for allegedly committing Disorderly Conduct. However, many municipal codes have additional listed methods of allegedly engaging in Disorderly Conduct behavior. Many of these are subject on United States and Washington State constitutional challenges. Regardless of city or state laws, disorderly conduct is punishable as a simple misdemeanor.

Sample Result - Disorderly Conduct - Dismissed

Sample Result - Disorderly Conduct - "Not Guilty" at trial

Fish and Wildlife Violations


The Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Code enumerates an extensive list of criminal allegations related to unlawful hunting and fishing activities. These range from out-of-season activities to over-limits, improper licensing issues and spotlighting as well as some firearm offenses, among many others. Many offenses result in loss, or suspension, of hunting and/or fishing licenses.

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Sample Result - Felony reduced to Misdemeanor

Indecent Exposure


In general, this classification of allegations relates to a person intentionally exposing their own, or another’s, body in an open and obscene manner that a reasonable person would find alarming. Such a charge may be punishable as a Simple Misdemeanor, Gross Misdemeanor or Felony upon conviction, depending on the circumstances.

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Sample Result - Indecent Exposure - Dismissed

Making a False Statement and False Reporting


Both Making a False Statement and False Reporting are gross misdemeanors under State law. In general, the difference between the two charges is who the statement was made to and what the impact of that statement was, or was likely to have.

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Sample Result - Making a False Statement - Dismissed

Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer


Effectively, the Obstructing statute criminalizes any intentional, illegitimate delay of a law enforcement officer who at the time is performing his or her duties in that capacity. Who qualifies as a law enforcement officer is quite expansive, and the delay is not required to be significant.

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Sample Result - Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer - Dismissed

Patronizing a Prostitute


Many people are surprised to find that Patronizing a Prostitute is a Simple Misdemeanor, as opposed to a Gross Misdemeanor or even a Felony. Aside from stigma concerns that would likely follow a conviction, there are other consequences to be aware of, including the requirement to provide a DNA biological sample.

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Sample Result - Patronizing a Prostitute - Dismissed

Prostitution


Like Patronizing, Prostitution is classified as a Simple Misdemeanor. No actual act is required for a prostitution charge; the mere offer to engage in sexual conduct in exchange for a form of payment has been held sufficient. Within the general set of laws for Prostitution offenses include Promoting Prostitution and Permitting Prostitution charges.

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Sample Result - Prostitution - Dismissed

Resisting Arrest


Resisting arrest is the intentional prevention, or intentional attempt to prevent, a peace officer from lawfully arresting the person charged. It is punishable as a Simple Misdemeanor, and often accompanies other, more serious, allegations.

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Weapons Offenses


Subject to Second Amendment and self-defense challenges are a list of commonly charged allegations involving firearms and other “dangerous weapons.” These include Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm, Unlawful Display of a Weapon, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, among others.

Weapons allegations can have significant downstream impacts, which can include loss of employment, loss of the weapon involved (and possession rights) and harm to reputation, in addition to jail, fine and probationary concerns. Let our lawyers use our knowledge, experience and track record to protect you, or someone you care about, with your charge. Call 360-659-4950 or 1-888-WA-LAW-NW for a free, no-pressure consultation. ...more

Sample Result - Unlawful Display of a Firearm - Dismissed