All felonies and misdemeanors in State and Federal Court.
At Robert Cossey and Associates we go to trial frequently and have conducted hundreds of trials throughout the state of Washington. While we are successful at trial, we are also exceptional at evaluating the benefit of accepting a plea negotiation vs. the risk of going to trial. All legal options are thoroughly evaluated and discussed with clients so they are always well informed and in fact a part of the ultimate strategy.
Felony and Misdemeanor Assault
One of the most common and serious criminal charges in the State of Washington are those of assault. Felony assault convictions can include prison time, long term probation and substantial monetary penalties. While misdemeanor assault charges do not involve prison, many times they can involve jail time as well as monetary fines. There are enhanced penalties if weapons of any type are involved and if domestic violence is alleged, it can lead to serious consequences on present and future employment.
There are many legal decisions in cases involving assaults and the law firm of Robert Cossey and Associates ensures that each client understands the full ramifications and possibile penalties facing them. Robert Cossey and Associates have successfully handled literally hundreds of both felony and misdemeanor cases throughout their over 20 years of practice. Many of these cases were successfully concluded by dismissal of charges or acquittal by a jury.
In the State of Washington the penalties for any sex conviction are extremely serious. The penalties and stigma associated with a sex crime accusation or conviction can follow someone for the rest of their life. The penalties can include such life altering events such as incarceration, the requirement to register as a sex offender and other serious penalties. One example of the seriousness of those penalties is the requirement for life imprisonment for two serious sex convictions.
The allegation involving these types of criminal offenses requires a knowledgeable and aggressive defense from the very beginning. It is imperative to have legal counsel when defending a sex investigation or charge. For over twenty years, Robert Cossey and Associates has successfully and aggressively represented clients in both state and federal court. The firm has handled hundreds of serious sex crime cases from the initial investigation through the jury trial and even further into the appeal process.
Traffic DUI/DWI Charges
The State of Washington has some of the toughest laws in the United States for traffic violations such as driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Our state has mandatory DUI/DWI penalties which include mandatory jail, loss of license and probation. Many people do not fully understand the dramatic impact a misdemeanor traffic offense can have on their daily life. This is an area of law that experienced and knowledgeable counsel is necessary to minimize the impact of a criminal traffic violation on your life, employment and freedom.
Robert Cossey and Associates has handled thousands of traffic offenses including DUIs, driving while license suspended, reckless driving and serious felony traffic offenses. Washington State has a priority to prosecute criminal traffic violations and Robert Cossey and Associates is aggressive and successful in defending those charges.
In both state and federal courts, drug offenses include severe penalties for drug possession and or distribution. While it is a common charge, many people do not realize the impact a drug conviction can have upon their future. Not only can many drug convictions include substantial incarceration, but the penalties also include lifelong impact on employment, home ownership and other daily freedoms that we take for granted.
Robert Cossey and Associates has been successfully representing individuals charged with drug offenses for over two decades in both state and federal courts. Their strategy in this area of law includes becoming involved in the very onset of an investigation to make every effort to prevent charges from being filed, and if necessary through the process of aggressively defending a drug charge. Robert Cossey and Associates has extensive experience in the strategy of negotiations to minimize the impact of drug offenses, suppression motions associated with drug offenses as well as a record of successful trial defense.
Some of the most serious charges in the State of Washington involve theft, robbery and burglary – especially if any type of weapon is involved. These types of accusations are considered to be a priority by law enforcement and prosecuting authorities. A successful defense requires experience and knowledge to provide the best possible outcome. Robert Cossey and Associates is well known by both law enforcement, prosecutors office and their clients in providing the most professional and aggressive defense in this area of criminal law.
Without question, being accused of homicide is the most severe crime in the State of Washington. There are many different degrees of homicide charges and all include the longest and most severe incarceration. It is absolutely essential that if a person is charged with this type of offense that you have an experienced trial litigator on your side. Robert Cossey and Associates has experience with representing people charged with homicide.
Restoration of Gun Rights And Civil Rights/Expungement of Criminal Records
One of the more forgotten procedures in Criminal Law is to expunge a criminal record and restore civil rights after you have been convicted of a crime. Many people fail to realize that this is an option and one they should immediately consider upon eligibility. Robert Cossey and Associates provides legal representation for individuals who want to restore their right to bear arms and restore civil rights.
In Washington Courts, one of the most common charges of both felony and misdeameanor involve accusations of domestic violence. While the penalties are severe in domestic violence allegations, one of the most overlooked aspects of a domestic violence charge is the loss of civil liberties. This includes loss of gun rights, potentially your employment and employability and the inability to be involved with schools and other public agencies. Robert Cossey and Associates has successfully represented hundreds of domestic violence cases and can help individuals understand the full ramifications.
If your case is being appealed, or you want to appeal an unfavorable or unfair decision, Robert Cossey & Associates have both the experience and expertise to handle all types of appeal cases in both Superior Court and Court of Appeals.