What type of Seattle Defense Lawyer do you need?

Before choosing a Seattle defense lawyer, it is important to determine whether the defense attorneys you are speaking with handle your type of case.

If you are considering hiring a defense lawyer in Seattle, it is important that you find an attorney that is experienced and knowledgeable with the issue that is affecting you. There are many types of cases, and different Seattle defense lawyers work in different areas. Knowing which type of case you are dealing with will help you in your search for the correct Seattle defense lawyer.

Is your case a civil case or a criminal case?

• The first important distinction to make about your case is whether you are dealing with a criminal charge or a civil suit. If you are being charged with a crime by a government prosecuting authority, then your case is a criminal case, and you should look for a Seattle defense lawyer that practices criminal defense.

o A criminal case will often arise after an arrest, but even if you have not been arrested and taken to the police station, you may still be facing a criminal charge. For instance, sometimes an officer may issue a citation for Driving Under the Influence or Driving While License Suspended or Revoked, but the officer may release the person to go home without taking them to the police station. The prosecuting authority can still charge you with a crime based on such an incident. If you have any question as to whether you are being charged with a crime, a Seattle defense lawyer will be able to make this determination.

o It is also important to understand that your criminal charge may be brought by different governmental authorities. The prosecutor may be a city attorney, a county prosecutor, a prosecutor from the state attorney general’s office, or a federal prosecutor. You may be charged in a municipal court, a county district court, a superior court, or a federal court depending on the charge. Some people believe that because they are charged in municipal or district court, they are not being charged with a crime. This is not the case. Many types of criminal charges, particularly the most common misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors, are heard in municipal and district courts in Washington. These charges can have serious consequences for you.

• A civil case will normally involve one party (a plaintiff) suing another party (a defendant), claiming that the other party has violated a legal duty that he or she owed to the party bringing the suit. The parties in a civil case may be individuals, private entities such as businesses or non-profit groups, classes of people or entities, or government entities. Most cases in the legal system are civil cases, and there are many different types.

o A typical example of one type of civil case is a lawsuit that results from a simple traffic accident. One driver may sue the other claiming that the accident was the other driver’s fault, and thus the other driver owes money to pay for the first driver’s physical injuries or property damage. This type of case falls under the area of tort law. A Seattle defense lawyer that practices tort law or personal injury law would be most helpful in this type of case.

o Another type of civil case that you may be familiar with is a case based on breach of contract. In this type of case, two parties have entered into a contract regarding something (i.e. sale of a car, employment, pre-marital contract…), and one or both of the parties has broken one of the promises made in the agreement. If a suit has been brought against you, and a contract is involved, you will need to find a Seattle defense lawyer that handles contract cases similar to yours. Defense lawyers may focus on defending cases with specific types of contracts, such as business contracts, sales contracts, real estate contracts, or employment contracts. Contracts dealing with familial issues, such as pre-marital contracts, are often handled by family law attorneys. A Seattle defense lawyer will be able to help you identify the type of contract at issue in your case.

o Other types of civil cases include cases brought by individuals against various government entities, claiming violations of their rights, and enforcement actions by government entities against individuals and entities whose conduct may be a violation of a statute, but does not constitute a violation of criminal law. If you are the defendant in such a case, you may need a Seattle defense lawyer that works with civil rights law, land use law, environmental law, corporate law, tax law, or another type of law. A Seattle defense lawyer will be able to help you determine which particular type of civil case you are dealing with. Even if the attorney you speak with does not practice in the particular area of your civil case, knowing which type of case you are involved in will help you as you continue searching for the right defense lawyer in Seattle.

The Seattle defense lawyers of Findley & Rogers, PLLC currently provide legal defense for criminal cases including misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor charges. Our attorneys are also experienced in areas of law including personal injury law, family law/estate planning, landlord/tenant law, and small business formation law. Our Seattle defense lawyers may be available to provide legal defense in these areas. Call Findley & Rogers, PLLC today for a free initial consultation. Even if your issue does not fall within our listed practice areas, our attorneys may be able to refer you to a defense lawyer in Seattle that works with your type of case.

-Every case is different, Findley & Rogers, PLLC can make no guarantees about the outcome of a case, and nothing in this article is intended to be a comment on the abilities of any particular attorney.

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