Not all crimes are created equal. At least that is what the Washington state charge classifications tell us. There are varying levels of offenses in this state, ranging from summary offenses and misdemeanors to felony charges. The penalties increase as the levels increase. However, there are also levels within levels. Today, the team at Russell & Hill, PLLC wants to talk about Class C Felonies. What are they, what are the penalties, and how can they affect you?
If you or a loved one are facing a Class C Felony charge, seek assistance from a Seattle criminal defense attorney immediately.
Understanding a Class C Felony Charge
A Class C Felony charge in Washington is the lowest level of felony applicable, below Class A and Class B felony charges. However, just because it is the lowest on the felony scale does not mean it is not serious. These charges come with severe penalties.
A person convicted of a Class C Felony in Washington could be punished by:
- Up to five years in prison
- A fine of up to $10,000
What kind of things bring this charge?
There are various ways in which a person could find themselves facing a Class C Felony charge in Washington. A person could face these charges for the following:
- Theft of property worth less than $5,000
- Drug offenses
- Driving under the influence
- Possession of the stolen property
- Various assault charges (assault and battery, aggravated assault, assault with a deadly weapon, and more).
Other consequences of a felony charge
When looking at the total consequences a person can face upon being convicted of a Class C Felony charge, we have to look beyond the prison time and fines.
- A ruined reputation: Anyone who is convicted of a felony will face ruining their reputation in their community.
- A permanent mark on the criminal background: A felony charge is going to stay on your permanent criminal record. This can severely impact your ability to get a job, find housing, and go to college. This could also affect you if you ever face criminal trouble in the future. Prosecutors will use your previous felony charge against you when considering future charges and sentencing.
- Driving penalties: If your charge is related to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you could be facing long license suspensions and increased insurance premiums.
You need to seek legal assistance now
If you or a loved one are facing a Class C Felony charge, or any other misdemeanor or felony charge, please seek legal assistance immediately. These charges come with serious consequences attached and could lead to prison time. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we are ready to get to work on your behalf. Let us investigate the evidence being used against you. Our goal is to get these charges reduced or dismissed altogether. When you need a Seattle criminal defense attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 800-529-0842.