Levels of Charges in the State of Washington (Misdemeanors to Felonies)
Criminal Defense Strategies in Washington
Misdemeanors are the least serious of the charges. They are punishable by a maximum of 90 days in prison, and a maximum of $1,000.00 fine. Common examples of Misdemeanors are disorderly conduct, shoplifting, and possession of marijuana.
Misdemeanors are less severe than other crimes, yet they can still have a big influence on someone’s life. A criminal record can come from a conviction, which may have an impact on one’s ability to obtain housing or find work, among other things. It is important to seek out legal counsel in these situations as well in order to minimize the impact in which these kinds of charges can have. Handling and navigating through court proceedings, even at the lowest level can be overwhelming and technical so it is important to seek out legal counsel.
Gross Misdemeanors are more severe in nature compared to Misdemeanors, and thus will carry heavier penalties. A Gross Misdemeanor is punishable in the State of Washington by up to 364 days in jail, and up to a $5,000.00 fine. Some examples of criminal offenses that are Gross Misdemeanors include but are not limited to Assault in the Fourth Degree, theft of property amounting to no more than $750, and DUIs.
Our skilled attorneys often work to get the best possible outcomes by using a number of different defenses based on your unique circumstances. Even at this level, the process of navigating these charges in court can be overwhelming for someone not familiar with the legal system or have the adequate knowledge to do so. Hiring an attorney can help alleviate some of that stress and allow for the best possible outcome.
Class C Felonies
The least severe classification of Felony charges is known as a Class C Felony. The maximum punishment for a Class C Felony conviction is up to 5 years in prison and a maximum of $10,000.00 in fines. Examples of Class C Felonies include but are not limited to reckless burning, theft of property amounting to between $750 and $5,000, and Assault in the Third Degree.
Felony charges are serious and can result in a criminal record that can have long-term consequences. Defending against Felony charges requires a thorough understanding of the law and the ability to challenge the prosecution’s evidence. Navigating the legal system alone and or having an overworked public defender may result in less than desirable outcomes for your case. Hiring a knowledgeable attorney from the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer will allow your assigned attorney to dedicate their time and effort to achieve the best possible outcome.
Class B Felonies
Class B Felonies carry steeper penalties and are punishable by up to 10 years in prison with a maximum of $20,000.00 in fines. Class B Felonies can include but are not limited to Arson in the Second Degree, Theft of Motor Vehicle, and Robbery in the Second Degree, and Assault in the Second Degree.
Defending against Class B Felony charges requires a strategic approach and a thorough understanding of the law. Possible defenses may include challenging the prosecution’s evidence, demonstrating lack of intent, or showing that the accused was acting in self-defense. Our attorneys are ready to work diligently on your case to best collect all necessary information, evidence, and or proof to best help your case.
Class A Felonies and Criminal Charges and Defense Strategies in Washington
Class A Felonies are the most severe category of Felony charges. They are punishable by up to life in prison and a $50,000 fine. Examples of Class A Felonies include Murder in the First or Second Degree, Kidnapping in the First Degree, and Rape in the Second Degree.
Defending against Class A Felony charges is extremely complex and requires extensive knowledge of the law and criminal procedure. The stakes are high, and a conviction can result in life-changing consequences. Possible defenses may include challenging the prosecution’s evidence, demonstrating lack of intent, or showing that the accused was acting in self-defense, and a number of other defenses depending on the totality of the circumstances of your case.
In sum, all charges in the state of Washington can have significant consequences on an individual’s life. From Misdemeanor to Class A Felonies, the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer has the knowledge and experience to assist you in your case. Hiring an attorney and seeking out legal advice as soon as possible can allow for the attorney to work on your case as soon as possible and provide the best outcome, so don’t wait! As a criminal defense attorney, it is crucial to develop a strong defense strategy for each level of charges and explore all possible options.
Contact the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer and schedule a free confidential consultation with one of our highly skilled attorneys. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your freedom today.