Felony Criminal Defense
Under the criminal laws of Washington state, a felony offense is a crime where a person faces the potential of over a year in prison, and a fine exceeding $5000.00.
Typically, in our nation’s history, there were few offense that were felonies. These typical felonies we Robbery, Rape, Kidnapping, Assault, and Homicide. Through our nations history more offenses were defined as felonies, for example drug offenses, child molestation, fraud, etc.
In Washington state, felony offenses are separated out into three levels, Class A, Class B, and Class C offenses. Class A felonies are punishable by up to life in prison, and a fine not exceeding $50,000. Examples of Class A felonies are Murder, Rape, First Degree Kidnapping, First Degree Burglary, etc. Class B felonies, on the other hand, are punishable by a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Examples of Class B felonies are Residential Burglary, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Theft first Degree, etc. Class C felonies are punishable by 5 years incarceration, and a fine of $10,000. Examples of Class C felonies include Assault on a Police Officer, Possession of Methamphetamine, Theft Second Degree, Taking Motor Vehicle Without Permission, etc
Felony offenses are taken very seriously by criminal defense lawyers. In addition to the lengthy criminal penalties, a person who is convicted of a felony also faces losing his or her right to vote, and his or her right to possess firearms. Under the Sentencing Reform Act of 1988, sentencing guidelines require a sentencing judge to follow certain ranges of months for each offense. If a person had more than one offense, his or her range can increase, also if he or she has a criminal record.