Classes of felonies In the state of Washington, there are three different classes of
felonies. The first is a Class A felony which can carry with it life in
prison and a $50,000 fine. The next is a Class B felony, this felony
carries with it a penalty of ten years in prison, maximum and a $20,000
fine. The last is a Class C felony which has a five year maximum prison
sentence and a $10,000 fine. In general, a felony will carry with it a
minimum one year prison sentence. Felonies are typically much larger
crimes then misdemeanors, which is why they have a longer prison
sentence and larger fines associated with them.
Maximum punishment The maximum punishment will depend on which class the felony
falls into, A, B or C. The maximum term in prison with a Class A felony
is life in prison, but the most severe punishment is the death penalty.
Criminals who commit first degree murder and aggravated murder can be
sentenced to death penalty and/or life in prison with no possibility of
Fines and prison time Fines associated with felonies in Washington state will once
again depend on the class of the felon. The maximum fine is $50,000 for
Class A felony, while the Class C felony only reaches $10,000. The
minimum prison sentence for a felony in Washington state is one year,
with the maximum being life.
Are they expungable? Felonies in Washington can only be expunged if the person meets
a certain criteria. Washington calls expungement Vacating the Criminal
Conviction. They are used as the same term, with vacating being the
legal term used in Washington.
The process of vacating the record is different between misdemeanors
and felonies, but everyone must meet the same criteria. First, the
proper amount of time needs to have passed. For felonies this time
starts when the Certificate of Discharge is filed with the state.
Certain convictions can not be expunged, and these include Class A
felonies and sex and violent crimes. Second, you must meet the clean
behavior requirement. Your felony will not be expunged if you commit
another crime after the Certificate of Discharge is filed. Third, you
must have a judge sign off on the vacancy or expungement. Finally, you
will need to appear in court for a vacancy hearing unless you have an
attorney who will appear for you.
Public record In Washington, if you go through the process of Vacating the
Criminal Conviction, your record will be cleared. The public database
will no longer show a felony conviction on your record. The clerk at
the court should also send paperwork to the FBI and the police
department so your record can be cleared in their files as well. Once
this takes place, your record is completely cleared and your conviction
will no longer show up on your public records.
While this may seem like a lengthy and time consuming process, it is
the only way to clear your felony conviction.