The safety of its residents is a primary concern for authorities in Washington and throughout the United States. For this reason, the authorities are expected to treat every alleged criminal act seriously, including a simple assault charge. There are various laws enacted in prosecuting assault and weapon-related crimes in the state. One of these laws is Washington's three strikes law, which can elevate the potential penalties of violent crime charges.
Washington's three strikes law typically affects criminal cases that involve assault, battery and weapon crimes. Upon conviction, three separate incidents of serious felony crimes may result in life in prison without parole.