Misdemeanors & Felonies

Being charged with a crime can be a frightening experience. You may have lots of questions about what to do or where to begin. The important thing to remember is that you are innocent until proven guilty. That’s why you need an experienced criminal defense attorney who will not only give you context and an understanding of the process, but will fight to defend you against these charges.

In addition to state laws, cities and counties can choose to adopt their own statues and codes. Because of how complex this system can become, the right attorney will ensure you are aware of which classification your charges are being filed under and can help you fight the charges and minimize the sentence.

Washington Misdemeanors

Washington classifies misdemeanors into two types: regular and gross. The main difference between these charges is often seen in the penalties for being convicted.

  • Misdemeanor. A misdemeanor charge can lead to up to 90 days in jail and up to a $1000 fine.

  • Gross Misdemeanor. Gross misdemeanors are more serious infractions that may result in up to 364 days in jail and fines of up to $5000.

Regardless of which type of misdemeanor you’re facing, it’s best to get a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney on your side sooner than later.

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Felonies are divided into three classes: A, B, or C. Class A felonies are the most serious charges. The following penalties apply for all felonies:

  • Class A: Up to life imprisonment and up to a $50,000 fine
  • Class B: Up to 10 years in prison and up to $20,000 in penalties
  • Class C: Up to 5 years imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines

In Washington, felony charges and their penalties are governed by Washington State Sentencing Guidelines and are often complicated by the presence of mitigating or aggravating factors.

Potential penalties for felony convictions can be complex. An experienced attorney will help you understand not just the potential penalties, but also options for alternative sentencing.

A Lawyer Who Fights for Every Client

If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor or felony in Olympia, Washington or the surrounding areas, never forget that you are an accused person, not necessarily a guilty one. It’s important not to lose hope. No matter how minor, you shouldn’t try to fight these charges on your own.The right criminal defense lawyer can make all the difference when it comes to navigating the legal process and will help you find an ideal solution.

Olympia Washington Criminal Defense Lawyer

Attorney Preston White has practiced law in Washington since 2016 and focuses on criminal defense and providing trial services to those who need them. He effectively represents his clients through clear communication and an unwavering commitment to seeing justice done. White treats every case as “trial-worthy,” meaning your case receives the utmost attention to detail and planning.