Felony crimes are some of the most serious charges you can face in Washington state. Heard in Superior Court, felony crimes are designated into classes by order of seriousness. While felony crimes are usually punished more harshly than misdemeanor crimes, sentencing for these crimes are more complicated than those for misdemeanor crimes.
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Felony accusations must be handled with the seriousness they deserve. With complicated sentencing guidelines and long-lasting ramifications, a felony charge can affect you for the rest of your life. Some felony crimes stand as felonies on their own, while some misdemeanor crimes can become felonies based on the history of the accused or extenuating circumstances, such as the presence of a weapon.
The level of felony you have been accused of will also have an effect on the sentencing you face. Class A felonies are the most serious, and can find you facing up to life in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. Class B felonies can find you with 10 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines. Class C felonies carry up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
In addition to these maximum sentencing guidelines, Washington state divides sentencing into Levels with corresponding sentencing amounts. These levels work in tandem with a pre-sentencing report which also illustrates past criminal, employment, and family history, victim statements, a psychological assessment, and more, to determine the sentencing guidelines you may face.
There are numerous additional penalties outside of incarceration and fines if convicted of a felony crime in Seattle. Your ability to obtain employment, attend school, obtain a professional license, rent an apartment and more can be affected. Don’t get a felony accusation ruin your life! Work with the experienced Seattle felony crime attorneys at Guadagno & Virant, PLLC. Our lawyers have experience as a former prosecutor and a public defender, meaning they are familiar with the variety of ways you may be convicted of a crime and how to defend you.
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