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If you committed a crime and you didn’t intentionally mean to engage in the act, you could potentially have your charges reduced based on the circumstances surrounding the violation of the law.
If you have been arrested and charged with committing a crime no matter how serious or minor it may be, the courts overseeing your case are going to attempt to identify the form of culpability, or how they want to hold you responsible for engaging in the illegal act. The truth is, there are several different reasons why individuals commit crimes, some for intentional purposes and others on accident. There are a plethora of crimes and levels of them and regardless of what your charge may be, you want to have a fair hearing that truly identifies why you committed the offense that you did.
The way you are held accountable for the offense can also determine how you are charged, whether you receive the maximum or minim penalty, or if you are even convicted at all. To learn more about your charge and how you feel the courts shall determine culpability, speak with one of the Washington criminal defense attorneys found right here on our site. Not only do they handle cases involving criminal charges on a daily basis, but they are going to have your best interest in mind and work to help you obtain the best possible outcome.
The Washington State Legislature recognizes four types of culpability and they are described below for you.
(i) he or she is aware of a fact, facts, or circumstances or result described by a statute defining an offense; or
(ii) he or she has information which would lead a reasonable person in the same situation to believe that facts exist which facts are described by a statute defining an offense.
To read more about criminal negligence, you can visit the Washington Legislature site by clicking here.
One of the most effective ways of learning more about your crime, the penalties you face, and how you may be held accountable, is to get your free, no-obligation consultation scheduled with one of our skilled defense attorneys in Washington. Give us a call now and an agent will begin aiding you in finding the best criminal defense lawyer available to help you.
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