Felonies in Washington State are crimes punishable by imprisonment in state prison. Felonies are defined by the following classes A, B, or C. (Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 9A.20.010.) Under Washington State's laws, less serious crimes, also called misdemeanors, are punishable by up to one year in county jail.

Unless a different maximum sentence for a classified felony is specifically established by a statute of this state, no person convicted of a classified felony shall be punished by confinement or fine exceeding the following:

Class A Felony

by confinement in a state correctional institution for a term of life imprisonment, or by a fine in an amount fixed by the court of fifty thousand dollars, or by both such confinement and fine;

Class B Felony

by confinement in a state correctional institution for a term of ten years, or by a fine in an amount fixed by the court of twenty thousand dollars, or by both such confinement and fine;

Class C Felony

by confinement in a state correctional institution for five years, or by a fine in an amount fixed by the court of ten thousand dollars, or by both such confinement and fine.

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