Felony Offenses in Washington: Examples and Penalties

By Law Office of Lance R. Fryrear

Crimes in Washington are charged as either a misdemeanor or felony and the penalties vary accordingly. Misdemeanors are more minor offenses with lesser consequences while felonies are serious and pose the risk of harsher penalties. If you are facing felony charges, it is imperative to seek aggressive legal counsel to stand by your side. Some examples of crimes that may be charged as a felony in Washington include:

  • Rape
  • Armed robbery
  • Distribution of illegal drugs
  • High level DUI
  • High level assault
  • Murder
  • Sexual battery

Class A, B and C Felonies

The severity of the offense may determine the class of felony charged. Washington uses three different classes to categorize felony offenses; Class A, Class B and Class C felonies. Class A is the most serious, including crimes such as first-degree murder.

What is a Class C Felony in Washington State?

Class B and Class C make up the majority of felony offenses. Class B felonies are often charged for crimes such as theft of $5,000+ worth of property, manslaughter, or sexual assault. Class C felonies often follow third degree assault offenses.

On top of the different classes of felonies, Washington also uses sentencing levels based on the seriousness of the crime. The levels are from Level I, the least serious, to Level XV, the most serious, and the potential penalties increase with each level. The potential penalties for felonies in Washington include:

Class A Felony:

  • Up to life in prison
  • Fines of up to $50,000

Class B Felony:

  • Up to 10 years in prison
  • Fines of up to $20,000

Class C Felony:

  • Up to five years in prison
  • Fines of up to $10,000

The sentencing levels also affect the consequences that can follow a felony offense. For help fighting against your felony charges in Washington, team up with a qualified Lynnwood criminal defense attorney. I am Attorney Fryrear from the Law Offices of Lance Fryrear and I have handled thousands of criminal cases. Fill out a case evaluation form online or contact my firm now to get started!