In Washington, there are three levels of felony charges. The level of the felony charged depends upon the severity of the alleged crime. The punishment for a conviction of a felony depends upon one’s criminal history and is determined by the Washington State Sentencing Guidelines. The maximum penalties are:
- Class A felony: Up to life imprisonment and a $50,000 fine or both.
- Class B felony: Up to ten (10) years in prison and a $20,000 fine or both.
- Class C felony: Up to five (5) years in prison and a $10,000 fine or both.
- Child Molestation
- Internet Sex Crimes
- Assault – Domestic Violence
- Drug Charges (VUCSA- Violation of Controlled Substance Act)
- Identity theft
- Trafficking in Stolen Property
- Felony DUI
- Weapons Violations
This list is not exclusive. Felony charges can be brought for multiple offenses and carry severe penalties, which can affect you for the remainder of your life.
Remember, the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution gives you the absolute Right to Remain Silent. Do not help the police create evidence against you by talking to them without an attorney present. You will probably be hurting yourself in the end.
If you are being investigated or have been charged with a felony, do not answer questions or discuss your conduct with anyone but your attorney.