Felonies & Misdemeanors

A felony is defined as a crime for which the punishment exceeds one year in prison and the fines exceed $5,000.  In Washington, there are three classes of felonies.

  • Conviction of a Class A felony provides for a life sentence in jail and a fine of up to $50,000.
  • Conviction of a Class B felony provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $20,000.
  • Conviction of a Class C felony provides for a sentence of up to 5 years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

Washington has also established two classes of misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors and misdemeanors.

  • Conviction of a gross misdemeanor provides for a sentence of up to 364 days in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.
  • Conviction of a misdemeanor provides for a sentence of up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

RCW 9a.20.021