Spokane Felony Attorney
Defending the Accused in Spokane Valley & Spokane County
Felonies are criminal offenses that are much more serious than misdemeanors. They can result in prison terms of more than a year up to life, depending on the circumstances. They also can involve huge fines, long probation terms, loss of gun rights, and other actions ordered by the court. Because of this, a felony charge is one of the most serious events you will face in life. You likely will feel alone facing the complex criminal justice system, which may seem like it’s aligned against you. This is why you need the services and support of a capable criminal defense lawyer whose sole purpose will be to ensure you have the best defense possible.
At Clark Law, P.L.L.C., our Spokane felony lawyer is here to help you understand the charges you face, how the law can impact your case, and your options going forward in the legal process. Our firm was founded on the belief that everyone deserves an effective defense, no matter what the accusations entail. You are innocent until proven guilty, and it is our job to investigate every detail of your arrest and the evidence being used against you in search of flaws and errors that challenge the prosecution’s assertions. We will be your guide, your voice, and your advocate every step of the way.
Accused of a felony? Set up a free case evaluation by contacting Clark Law, P.L.L.C. online or at (509) 800-5420.
Washington law has divided felonies into three classes. Each offense that is considered a felony is defined in its statute as one of these classes.
- Class A felony
- Class B felony
- Class C felony
Class A felonies are the most serious of all felonies. Examples include murder in the first or second degree, rape, and assault with a deadly weapon. These offenses carry consequences such as life in prison and/or a fine of up to $50,000. Aggravated first-degree murder carries a penalty of life in prison without parole, with the exception of juvenile offenders.
Class B felonies are punishable by a prison sentence of up to 10 years and/or a fine of up to $20,000. Examples of these offenses include auto theft, residential burglary, and manslaughter through criminal negligence.
Class C felonies carry prison sentences of up to five years and/or a fine of up to $10,000. These are the most commonly charged felonies. Examples of these crimes include assault in the third degree, theft of property valued above a specific amount, and manslaughter.
Sentencing for felonies is further complicated by Washington State sentencing guidelines. These establish the seriousness of crimes from Level I to Level XV, with corresponding ranges of sentences.
A collateral penalty for a felony conviction is a permanent criminal record that is accessible to the public through a routine background check. This can damage future opportunities for employment, housing, advanced education, and professional career licenses. Having an experienced criminal defense lawyer in your corner is essential if you wish to minimize all of the consequences associated with a felony conviction.
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