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Escape in the 3rd Degree

Escape in the Third Degree

Pursuant to RCW 9A.76.130, a person may be charged with Escape in the third degree is he or she escapes from custody or knowingly violates the terms of an electronic monitoring program. When deciding whether or not to charge an individual with third degree escape, a prosecutor may consider a variety of factors including whether an individual has been arrested but not charged at the time of the escape and whether the escape resulted in more than momentary freedom.

Classification: Escape in the third degree is a misdemeanor if the accused has no prior escape convictions, a gross misdemeanor if the accused has one prior escape conviction and a class C felony if the accused has two or more prior escape convictions.

  • A misdemeanor carries up to a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
  • A gross misdemeanor carries up to a maximum sentence of 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.
  • A class C felony carries up to a maximum 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Pewitt Law Can Help with Your Charge. If you are being investigated or have been charged with a crime, Pewitt Law is here to represent your interests. As a seasoned criminal lawyer, Ms. Pewitt considers the whole picture, including what may happen after your case is over. She realizes this charge could impact your entire future and she will make your case a priority as she fights for the best possible result.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.