Felonies, Misdemeanors & Probation
Felony convictions usually carry a prison term of at least one year plus fines and court costs.
A felony conviction will result in the loss of the right to own or use a firearm, right to vote to run for and hold public office, for starters.
In Washington, if a motor vehicle was used in the commission of a f felony, the Department of Licensing will suspend your privilege to drive.
Certain felonies can result in automatic deportation or exclusion from the United States if you are not a U.S. citizen.
In Washington and in any U.S. District Court (Federal Court) Sentencing guidelines apply which provide a certain range that is generally applied in determining the sentence.
MisdemeanorIn Washington State, a "gross misdemeanor" carries a maximum jail term of 365 days plus a $5000 fine. A "Misdemeanor" carries a maximum of 90 days jail and a $1000 fine.
ProbationIn addition to any sentences listed above, the judge will usually impose a term of probation which is a period of time in which you may not have any new violations of law, you must pay your fine and or restitution, complete counseling if necessary and other conditions. An allegation that you have violated the terms of probation means that you will have to come back to court for a hearing and the judge may impose some additional jail time that was previously suspended.
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