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Defending Against Felony Charges in Washington State

By definition, felonies are more serious crimes than misdemeanors. While you may face up to a year in jail for a misdemeanor, a felony conviction can come with a life sentence, depending on the circumstances. Felonies are often crimes associated with serious harm, whether physical or financial, to alleged victims, such as aggravated assault, trafficking drugs, or murder. They are also crimes that can be charged at both the state and federal levels, based on the nature of the crime, the extent of harm it may have caused, and other facts of the case. 

At Mountain Law, we defend clients facing serious felonies at both the state and federal level. Our capable attorneys have dedicated their careers to ensuring that the accused receive the thorough and tenacious defense needed to match the aggressive tactics of state and federal law enforcement and prosecutors. Our mission is to help increase your chances of a case dismissal, reduced charges and sentencing, or an acquittal in court. 

Talk to a Mount Vernon felony defense attorney at Mountain Law during a free case review. Schedule yours by contacting us online or calling (360) 641-7477. Hablamos español.

Types of Felony Charges in Washington State

Many crimes are classified as “wobblers,” meaning they can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony based on the facts of the case. However, some offenses are “straight” felonies, meaning they can only be charged as felonies and cannot be reduced to misdemeanors.  

These can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Felony drug charges, including selling illegal drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and other controlled substances
  • Felony DUI, when one has five DUI convictions in the past ten years
  • Serious theft offenses, including burglary, robbery, fraud, embezzlement, and auto theft
  • Violent crimes, such as assault with a deadly weapon and homicide
  • Rape
  • Stalking while violating the terms of a restraining order

Understanding Felony Conviction Penalties

Penalties for felony convictions will vary depending on the situation and range from Class A, the most serious, to Class C. The maximum sentence for a Class A felony conviction is life in prison and a $50,000 fine. Class B felonies can result in up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $20,000. Class C felony convictions can result in 5 years in jail and a fine of $10,000.

Federal Felony Offenses 

Federal felonies also involve serious violations of U.S. law. These offenses can include but are not limited to:

  • Drug crimes, such as drug trafficking
  • International drug smuggling
  • Human smuggling/trafficking
  • Terrorist acts
  • Firearm violations
  • Embezzlement/theft of property paid for by the federal government
  • Mail, wire, bank, or healthcare fraud
  • Kidnapping
  • Child pornography crimes
  • Bank robbery
  • Murder

Understanding Your Legal Rights

When facing felony charges, it's crucial to understand your legal rights and options. Our Mount Vernon felony defense lawyers are dedicated to protecting your rights and providing aggressive representation throughout the legal process. We will thoroughly review the details of your case, explain the potential consequences, and develop a strategic defense to achieve the best possible outcome.

Key aspects of understanding your legal rights include:

  • Presumption of innocence
  • Right to legal representation
  • Protection against unlawful searches and seizures
  • Fair and speedy trial
  • Opportunity to confront witnesses

Don't navigate the complexities of the legal system alone. Put the right team on your case and trust Mountain Law to fight for your rights and freedom.

Contact Our Mount Vernon Felony Defense Attorneys Today

When facing a serious felony charge, the attorney you choose can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. At Mountain Law, you benefit from the combine efforts of a team of well-practiced attorneys, including a former prosecutor, and an investigator. We have also handled thousands of cases and leverage our considerable experience to benefit our clients.  

Contact us to learn more about your legal options and how we can help you.

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