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Arrested in WA? Our Attorneys Can Help.

Facing a felony charge in Washington is scary. However, you don’t have to address it alone. The felony lawyers at Emerald City Law Group can help you navigate the Washington criminal justice system. Our defense attorneys will try to reduce your charges, get them dismissed, prevent you from going to prison, and ultimately keep your record clean.

From arrest to arraignment and trial, the felony attorneys at Emerald City Law Group are prepared to fight for you.

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Felony Charges in Washington We Can Help With

Failure to properly handle a felony case in Washington can result in time in prison, significant fines, and many other consequences. As an law firm with considerable felony defense experience, contact Emerald City Law Group for help with any offense you are facing.

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Washington Felonies: What You Need to Know

Most states classify crimes as misdemeanors or felonies. Felonies are the more serious types of crimes, such as rape and murder. A felony conviction can result in serious penalties. It’s important to understand what you’re facing and the potential consequences.

Felony Classification in WA

There are two classification methods for felonies in Washington. The severity of the crime determines those classifications, and they help judges establish sentencing ranges.

Felony Penalties in WA

Felonies are first placed into classes, from Class A through Class C.

  • Class A Felonies, which are the most serious, are punishable by up to life in prison and fines of up to $50,000.
  • Class B Felonies may result in up to 10 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines.
  • Class C Felonies may result in up to five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

Felony Seriousness Levels in WA

Felony crimes in Washington are then classified by seriousness in a complex system under the Washington sentencing guidelines. There are 15 seriousness levels, from Level I through Level XV. More serious crimes will result in higher penalty levels, including more time in prison and higher fines.

Aggravating & Mitigating Factors in Felony Cases

Aggravating factors in felony cases are circumstances that make the offense more serious and can lead to a harsher sentence. Some common aggravating factors include:

  • Prior convictions, especially if they are violent
  • Use of a weapon during the crime
  • Vulnerability of the victim
  • Multiple victims
  • Cruelty or violence
  • Financial harm

Mitigating factors in felony cases are circumstances that make the offense less serious and can lead to a lighter sentence. Some common mitigating factors include:

  • Mental or emotional impairment
  • Cooperation with the authorities
  • Genuine remorse for the crime

Judges consider both aggravating and mitigating factors when sentencing a defendant. The weight given to each factor varies depending on the case. In some cases, the aggravating factors may outweigh the mitigating factors, resulting in a harsher sentence.

In other cases, the mitigating factors may outweigh the aggravating factors, resulting in a lighter sentence.

Other Consequences of a Felony

In addition to prison time, fines, and a lasting mark on your record, the collateral effects of a felony conviction in Washington can be far-reaching.

  • Difficulty finding and keeping a job
  • Difficulty finding housing
  • Difficulty obtaining financial aid and entering college
  • Difficulty qualifying for public benefits
  • Difficulty getting a professional license
  • Difficulty getting a driver’s license
  • Difficulty obtaining a passport
  • Difficulty entering the military
  • Difficulty voting and owning a gun
  • Difficulty obtaining certain types of insurance
  • Difficulty finding housing in specific neighborhoods

Dealing with Felony Charges

If you are arrested and get a felony charge, the following steps will typically take place:

You will be taken to the police station for booking. This involves being fingerprinted, photographed, and having your personal information recorded.
You will be arraigned in court. This is a hearing where the judge will inform you of the charges against you and ask you to enter a plea of not guilty or guilty. The judge will then make a bail determination and set conditions of release.

If you plead not guilty, the judge will set a date for a preliminary hearing. Your defense attorney will then start to thoroughly review the police report and begin investigating your case. Negotiations between your defense attorney and the prosecutor will begin and your attorney will attempt to get you the most favorable result.

If a resolution is reached, you can accept a pre-trial resolution. You have a Constitutional right to trial and can proceed to trial if you do not want to accept the prosecutor’s offer. If you are convicted of a felony crime, the judge will sentence you. The sentence may include prison time, probation, fines, and other penalties.

Defending Against a Felony Offense.

No felony criminal allegation should be taken lightly. A felony defense lawyer in Seattle can help you build a strong defense and pursue the best possible resolution, from reducing a felony to a misdemeanor or a complete dismissal.

Whether you have been charged with a state felony or a federal felony, there are ways to fight back.

Defense strategies used in felony cases:

  • Challenging the legality of the arrest or search
  • Filing a motion to suppress evidence
  • Challenging the sufficiency of the evidence
  • Asserting an alibi defense
  • Asserting a self-defense defense
  • Presenting mitigating factors

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Washington Felony Info & Resources

Our felony attorneys are here to help you. We will protect your rights and make sure you understand what you’re facing. Contact Emerald City Law Group immediately.

What Is a State Felony vs. a Federal Felony?

A state felony is a crime that is punishable by more than one year in prison under state law. A federal felony is a crime that is punishable by more than one year in prison under federal law.

There are several key differences between state and federal felonies:

  • Jurisdiction: State felonies are prosecuted by state prosecutors, while federal prosecutors pursue federal felonies.
  • Sentencing: Federal felonies generally carry harsher sentences than state felonies.
  • Appeals: Appeals of state felony convictions are typically heard by state appellate courts, while federal appellate courts hear appeals of federal felony convictions.

It is important to note that some crimes can be prosecuted as either state or federal felonies. For example, murder can be prosecuted as a state felony or a federal felony if it is committed on federal property or if it involves the death of a federal officer.

Can Felonies Be Expunged in Washington?

Certain felonies can be vacated or expunged in Washington, but there are specific criteria to be met, and not all felonies are eligible.

Does Washington Have a 3 Strikes Felony Law?

Yes, Washington State has a “three strikes” law that mandates life imprisonment without parole for individuals convicted of three separate “most serious offenses,” which are typically violent felonies.

Can Felons Own Firearms in Washington?

Generally, no. Felons in Washington State are usually prohibited from owning or possessing firearms unless their rights have been restored.

Can Felony Charges Be Reduced to Misdemeanors?

Yes, in some cases. The reduction often depends on the specifics of the case, the defendant’s criminal history, and plea negotiations between the defense and prosecution.

Don’t Wait. Call a Seattle Felony Defense Lawyer.

A felony attorney with Emerald City Law Group will listen to your story and stand by you throughout the legal process. Contact us right away.

If you’re not able to reach out, you can have a friend or family member call Emerald City Law Group. We will explain the process to them and help them get you out of jail.

Emerald City Law Group Will:

  • Help you understand Washington felony laws and potential penalties
  • Work to get your felony reduced to a misdemeanor
  • Help you avoid a felony conviction and keep a clean record
  • Build a strong defense strategy against your charges
  • Challenge the prosecution’s evidence against you
  • Take your case to trial and seek a not-guilty verdict

Felony Defense Attorneys Serving Washington – Free Consults 24/7

Emerald City Law Group provides Seattle and the greater Washington area with high-caliber legal representation for those facing felony accusations.

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  • King County – Bellevue, Auburn, Kent, Renton, Federal Way, Kirkland, Redmond, Bothell, Carnation, Duvall, Issaquah, Maple Valley, Mercer Island, Sammamish, Seattle, & Woodinville
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