Basic Things You Need to Know about Criminal Sentences in Washington State

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Gavel on Law BookWhen facing serious allegations in Lynwood or any other location in the U.S., it’s advisable to hire a seasoned criminal defense lawyer. Find a professional who has the expertise and a wealth of experience to represent you. Other than checking the credentials, you should determine if you’ll be comfortable working with the attorney.

By now, you should know that criminal cases could mean big penalties and put you in prison if proven guilty. Here’s a brief discussion on Washington felony crimes by class and sentences

Misdemeanor and Felony

In Washington State, there are two main categories for criminal penalties: misdemeanors and felonies. Generally, misdemeanor cases should be filed in the District and Municipal Court. On the other hand, the Superior Court covers the felony crimes.

Misdemeanor Penalties

You can classify the penalties to either simple or gross misdemeanors. Usually, a person can be sentenced up to 90-days jail time and around $1000 fine for a simple misdemeanor. For gross demeanor, a person can be sentenced up to 364 days in jail and around $5000 fine.

Felony Penalties

Felony crimes can be classified into three subgroups: Class A, Class B, and Class C. Each group has certain maximum penalties. For Class A Felonies, the defendant can serve life imprisonment with up to $50,000 fine. The defendant charged with Class B Felony can face up to 10 years in prison with up to $20,000 fine. For Class C Felonies, the defendant can serve up to five years in prison and pay up to $10,000 fine.

Take note, however, that penalties may increase due to the severity of the offense and the criminal history of the defendant.

While facing these criminal cases can be threatening for most of the accused, the best thing you can do is cooperate with your lawyer. Start discussing your legal actions and provide documents or the witnesses’ statements that can help you with your case.