The Law Office of Mark Knapp is now representing clients across the state of Washington in criminal defense matters and employment, firearms and civil rights. We provide NFA Gun Trusts and welcome questions regarding restoration of your right to possess firearms in Washington state. We are located in Spokane and have restored gun rights in many counties all over the state of Washington.
Some of our best clients call and ask about retaining the firm just to be available on an emergency basis. Our firm is listed with the USCCA, Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network, the NRA and a legal referral system in Texas that is coming to Washington soon. We also receive referrals from the Legal Shield system.
We handle DUIs, Assault cases and weapons charges along with other areas of criminal defense and employment law.
Whether you are currently facing legal problems or just want to know there is an attorney ready to fight for you, please call to discuss any legal matters about which you have concerns.
Many of our cases involve Display of a Weapon. The charge requires an Intent to Intimidate or conduct that warrants alarm. The usual scenario is one in which an armed citizen honestly believes he or she is threatened, displays a pistol and then the other party calls the police. Many times the person who displays a weapon may have stopped the unlawful use of force. Nevertheless, law enforcement officers often believe the first person to call! If it is a road rage incident, the other witnesses are often long gone by the time the police arrive!
We are often successful in keeping such cases from going to trial and get them dismissed. It is important to have an attorney who can explain the use of force to the prosecutor based on the particular facts in each case. Many prosecutors look at the police report and assume that the arresting officers know best when it comes to use of force.
Whether or not use of deadly force or the threat of deadly force is justified depends on what the defendant knew at the time that he or she deployed a weapon. If you believe that a threat of unlawful force existed at the time you drew your weapon and if that belief was reasonable, a jury should decide that it was lawful display the weapon. Once you point a weapon at another person, RCW 9.41.270 requires an actual threat of deadly force, not just the threat of unlawful force.
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