Understanding Felonies And Misdemeanors
A simple misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. A gross misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum of 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. Maximum jail time and fine is the only difference between the two. They are both the same as far as cleaning up your history goes. A felony, on the other hand, is generally any offense with a maximum sentence of more than 365 days. There are three levels of felony, with Class A being the most serious, Class B being serious and Class C being the least serious. Even if you were charged and convicted in Superior Court, you might not have a felony conviction. You can generally find out by contacting the court where you were convicted and either have a clerk look up your case, or you can look it up yourself. See RCW 9A.20 for more info. Common misdemeanors include:
- Assault 4
- Criminal trespass
- Driving while license suspended (DWLS)
- DUI/DWI/physical control
- Negligent driving 1st
- Reckless driving
- Resisting arrest
- Theft 3
- Some drug possession cases
Common felonies include:
- Assault 1, Assault 2, or Assault 3
- Identity theft
- Theft 1 or Theft 2
- Trafficking stolen property
- Vehicular assault
Again, if you can’t remember what you were convicted of, you can always call the court clerk where you were convicted, or you can stop by. They are generally very helpful and very professional.
What do I do if I was convicted of a crime that is now considered more serious then when I plead guilty? Generally speaking, you are grandfathered into the earlier classification. See Rivard v. State, 168 Wn.2d 775, 231 P.3d 186 (2010).
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