Assault charges are very serious and can result in criminal convictions for Edmonds residents. A person who is charged with assault should understand that different penalties can occur in their case, depending upon the degree of the charge. There are significant differences between first, second and third degree assault charges.
When faced with a threat and with no option to retreat, even the most mild-mannered person may find themselves in an altercation that they would have otherwise wanted to avoid. Washington residents who are involved in alleged assaults and batteries can sometimes find themselves facing serious criminal charges if the other parties claim that the accused individuals were the aggressors in their attacks. It is therefore possible for crime victims to be charged with criminal accusations for their involvement in protecting themselves and others when assaults and batteries occur.