In the state of Washington, misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor crimes are the least serious of criminal charges, but this doesn’t mean you should just ignore them. Misdemeanors can land you a sentence up to 90 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine, whereas gross misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in jail and fines as high as $5,000. Although misdemeanor crimes are considered less serious offenses than felonies, this doesn’t make it any less stressful.
Examples of Misdemeanor and Gross Misdemeanor crimes include:
Domestic violence charges
Driving without a license or with a suspended license
Violations of a protection or anti-harassment order
Most Fish & Game violations including commercial violations
All criminal charges should be taken seriously; failure to show up to court can not only result in a warrant for your arrest being issued, but it can also result in your driver’s license being suspended. It is important that you understand your rights and learn how your case may affect you.
Finding yourself on the wrong end of the law can be terrifying, regardless of the charge. Endless questions reel through your mind, from what to say in court, to whether you’ll have to spend time in jail, to do I really need a lawyer? You may feel like police officers, court officials, and even the judge are not listening and are not here to help you. The criminal justice can be a dehumanizing experience.
When you need answers from a legal team that treats you like a human being, we are here for you. We will guide you through the criminal justice system, helping you understand what is at stake and your options; including solutions that protect your future and your rights.
Call us at (360) 869-0088 to schedule a completely free case evaluation.