Statute of limitations is a time limit that the Government has to initiate criminal prosecution of a crime. Should this time limit expire prior to the filing of a crime, the case could no longer be prosecuted. The statute of limitations begins to “run” when the crime is committed. Generally, the more serious the crime, the longer the statute of limitations, and the most serious crimes (such as murder) have no statute of limitations.
If you are being investigated for a felony crime in Whatcom County you need protection from a criminal defense attorney immediately. While all criminal charges are serious and have potential life altering consequences, felony offenses have far greater impact on an individual’s life. Such penalties may include punishment in prison and the potential removal of Constitutional Rights, such as the right to possess a gun or even vote.
Retaining an attorney is critical to the process and protection of the accused in Whatcom County. There are times when the processing and charging of a felony takes time while investigations of the offense occur. If you believe you are in danger of being accused of committing a potential felony offense it is important to talk to a local Whatcom County criminal defense lawyer and seek representation as soon as possible. Remember, an attorney’s job is to both fight for you and protect you during every phase. Any delay may harm your defense later and put in jeopardy your future.
Felonies in Washington State are crimes that are punishable by imprisonment in state prison. Felonies are designated in three classes, A, B, or C. (RCW 9A.20.010). The seriousness of the offense is determined by its class. Potential punishment depends on the level of seriousness of the crime and the offender’s score. To determine the punishment it is critical to refer to the Washington State Sentencing Grid (RCW 9.94A.510). Also refer to the Sentencing Grid below.
A conviction of a felony conviction can have extraordinary and life altering consequences, including substantial time in prison, significant fines, and a criminal record that will haunt an individual forever. A felony conviction can make it difficult to obtain a professional license, employment, restrict rights such as possession of a firearm or even the right to vote. The best way to avoid a conviction and reduce the level of severity, if charged with a felony crime, is to talk to a Whatcom County criminal defense attorney. We can talk with you about the legal process in Whatcom County Superior Court, how to fight the offense and reduce the damage that may be imposed upon you. If charged with a felony, this is no time to avoid protection. You need protection and we can help. Call on our combined 30 years of legal experience and exclusive focus on criminal defense to help protect you. As an experienced Whatcom County Felony criminal defense attorney, I can tell you the best way to fight and defend your case and protect your future.
A class C felony in Washington is punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000, or both. (RCW 9A.20.021)
Third degree assault of a child is a class C felony.
A Class B felony conviction may result in a prison term of up to ten years, a fine of up to $20,000, or both. (RCW 9A.20.021)
Theft of property (other than a firearm or motor vehicle) worth more than $5,000 is a class B felony.
The most serious crimes in Washington State are called class A felonies. Class A felonies are punishable by up to life in prison, a fine of up to $50,000, or both a fine and imprisonment (RCW 9A.20.021, 10.95.020).
The latest book by Bellingham Criminal Defense Attorney David Jolly is "Traffic Stops in Washington." The more than 300 page book details important legal concepts relating to traffic stops and contact with drivers in Washington State. The book covers legal topics relating to lawful stops and contacts, legal and illegal searches and seizures, constitutional protections, community caretaking stops and the overly confusing world of warrantless Terry Stops. All applicable Constitutional citations, statutes and applicable case in included in the book.
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To determine how much jail time a person convicted of a felony may receive, the state use a sentencing grid which can be found in RCW 9.94A.510. Each offender is given a score and these points correspond with a jail sentence, or range, in months depending on the type of crime the conviction is for and how many prior convictions are on their record.