Legal Question in Criminal Law in Washington

If I am filling out a background check that asks if I have any felony or Gross Misdemenor convictions or pending chargers and I have a misdemenor charge pending can I answer no? Is there a difference between midemenor and Gross misdemenor?

Asked on 8/03/10, 10:13 am

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Paul Ferris Law Office of Paul T. Ferris
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A gross misdemeanor falls within the category of misdemeanors. The only difference between gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor is the maximum penalties - gross misdemeanors are more serious offenses with higher penalties.

A pending charge is one that has been filed in a court. Unless you are referring to a pending investigation in which a charge has not yet been filed, it appears you must answer "yes"

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