The Law Office of Mark Knapp PLLC represents clients across the state of Washington in criminal defense matters, firearms and civil rights. We provide NFA Gun Trusts and will petition the courts to restore your right to possess firearms in Washington state. We are in the Spokane area and represent our clients to restore gun rights in counties all over the state of Washington.
Mark S. Knapp
Our firm is listed with the USCCA, Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network and the NRA.
We handle DUIs, Assault cases and weapons charges along with other areas of criminal defense.
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.
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 believed 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 to display the weapon.
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