As a general rule under Washington state laws, "gross" misdemeanor offenses carry up to a maximum possible sentence of 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.  "Simple" misdemeanor offenses carry up to a maximum possible sentence of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Although the title of "misdemeanor" sounds innocuous and minor, the consequences for the person accused can be quite drastic.  For example, misdemeanor charges which involve allegations of "domestic violence" include dramatic consequences, including the loss of rights to possess firearms and up to five years of probation.

DUI is a misdemeanor except in limited circumstances.  Even as a misdemeanor, this conviction can result in a permanent criminal offense on a defendant's record, as well as mandatory jail time, fines, license suspension, and up to five years of probation.

Other examples of misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor charges under Washington state law include:

Assault - 4th degree

Driving While License Suspended/Revoked (a/k/a "DWLS")

Violation of some protection/no-contact orders

Harassment (unless certain threats are made, or specific prior offenses exists, which renders this a felony)

Theft - 3rd degree

Unlawful discharge of a firearm

Vehicle prowling - 2nd degree

Criminal trespass - 1st degree

Criminal trespass - 2nd degree

Computer trespass - 2nd degree

Malicious mischief - 3rd degree

Criminal street gang graffiti

Sexual misconduct with a minor - 2nd degree

Custodial sexual misconduct - 2nd degree

Criminal mistreatment - 3rd degree

Criminal mistreatment - 4th degree

Abandonment of dependent person - 3rd degree

Leaving a child in the care of a sex offender

Custodial interference - 2nd degree, first offense

Reckless burning - 2nd degree

Unlawful discharge of a laser - 2nd degree

Interference with health care facility

Unlawful issuance of bank check - below felony value

Making or possessing motor vehicle theft tools

Theft of leased property - below felony value

Possessing stolen property - 3rd degree

Obscuring identity of a machine

Theft of subscription television services

Possession of another's identification

Criminal impersonation - 2nd degree

False certification

Defrauding a public utility - 3rd degree

False swearing

Jury tampering

Tampering with physical evidence

Obstructing law enforcement officer

Refusing to summon aid for a peace officer

False reporting

Failure to disperse

Riot (in limited circumstances)

Disorderly conduct

Resisting arrest

Rendering criminal assistance - 2nd degree

Rendering criminal assistance - 3rd degree


Escape - 3rd degree

Introducing contraband - 3rd degree

Bail jumping (in limited circumstances)

Making false or misleading statement to public servant

Official misconduct

Indecent exposure


Permitting prostitution

Patronizing a prostitute

Concealing birth

Unlawful inhalation

Abandoning refrigeration equipment

Tampering with fire alarm

Soliciting undesired mail

False representation regarding credit

False representation concerning title

Concealed weapon w/o permit, loaded firearm in vehicle

Unlawful carry/display of dangerous weapon

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