Experienced Criminal Defense For Allegations Of Violent Crime
Many crimes of violence are felonies or gross demeanors, carrying the possibility of prison time, hefty fines and other harsh penalties. A felony conviction also has long-term consequences for employment and other aspects of the accused’s life.
I am attorney Bob Butler, with over 25 years of experience in criminal defense. I understand what is at stake and how to challenge the prosecution’s evidence and version of events. I will vigorously protect your rights in this process and pursue all defenses to fight the charges or soften the punishment. I practice in state and federal courts of Whatcom County and northwest Washington. Get a free consultation by calling at 360-325-7242.
Crimes Of Violence
I can provide a capable defense for misdemeanor or felony charges including:
- Domestic violence
- Assault of a child
- Rape and sexual assault
- Drive-by shooting and reckless endangerment
- Kidnapping and false imprisonment
- Hate crimes
- Robbery and armed robbery
- Manslaughter and murder
Assault charges range from fourth-degree (a gross misdemeanor) to first-degree (great bodily harm or use of deadly weapon). There are many possible defenses and mitigating factors such as identification, intent to cause harm, lasting harm, provocation, self-defense or whether the victim has a reason to fabricate or exaggerate the allegations. I work with professional investigators to locate and question witnesses and draw on my decades of experience to find holes in the prosecution’s case. I start with the goal of getting charges dismissed or reduced. I work to get prejudicial evidence or witnesses excluded. I explore possible plea agreements to avoid jail or prison. And I am always prepared to take your case to a judge or jury if necessary to preserve your freedom and your future.
You Can’t Help Yourself By Talking To Police
The best thing you can do when arrested for a violent crime is to exercise your right to an attorney and to refuse to give a statement or answer questions without legal counsel. It’s natural to try to explain your side of the story, but it is very difficult to undo the damage from saying the wrong thing, which can and will be used against you.
Call my Bellingham law office at 360-325-7242 or fill out my online contact form to arrange a free initial consultation. I will explain your rights, where you stand and how we should proceed.