Washington state criminal laws are statutes written and passed by the Washington state legislature and can be found in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW). These laws define what is considered a crime in Washington State.

Although RCW sections provide the formal definition of a criminal offense, court case law, legislative history, and jury instructions offer further guidance as to how particular sections apply.

Below, our skilled criminal defense attorneys offer an in-depth legal analysis of the most significant RCW criminal sections.


RCW 9A.08.020 – Accomplice


RCW 9A.32.030 – Murder in the First Degree

RCW 9A.32.050 – Murder in the Second Degree

RCW 9A.32.055 – Homicide By Abuse

RCW 9A.32.060 – Manslaughter in the First Degree

RCW 9A.32.070 – Manslaughter in the Second Degree


RCW 9A.36.011 – Assault with a Deadly Weapon

RCW 9A.36.031(1)(c) – Assault of a School Bus Driver

RCW 9A.36.031(1)(e) – Assault of a Firefighter

RCW 9A.36.031(1)(i) – Assault of a Healthcare Provider

RCW 9A.36.045 – Drive-By Shooting

RCW 9A.36.080 – Hate Crimes

RCW 9A.36.120 – Assault of a Child in the First Degree

RCW 9A.36.130 – Assault of a Child in the Second Degree

RCW 9A.36.140 – Assault of a Child in the Third Degree


RCW 9A.40.020 – Kidnapping in the First Degree

RCW 9A.40.030 – Kidnapping in the Second Degree

RCW 9A.40.040 – Unlawful Imprisonment

RCW 9A.40.090 – Luring

RCW 9A.44.115 – Voyeurism

RCW 9A.44.132 – Failure to Register as a Sex Offender


RCW 9A.46.020 – Harassment

RCW 9A.46.110 – Stalking


RCW 9A.48.020 – Arson in the First Degree

RCW 9A.48.030 – Arson in the Second Degree

RCW 9A.48.090 – Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree (Graffiti)


RCW 9A.52.070 – Criminal Trespass


RCW 9A.56.020 – Theft

RCW 9A.56.020 – Failure to Return a Rental Car

RCW 9A.56.060 – Unlawful Issuance of Checks or Drafts

RCW 9A.56.063 – Make or Possess Motor Vehicle Theft Tools

RCW 9A.56.065 – Theft of a Motor Vehicle

RCW 9A.56.068 – Possessing a Stolen Vehicle

RCW 9A.56.070 – Taking a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree

RCW 9A.56.075 – Taking a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree

RCW 9A.56.140 – Possessing Stolen Property

RCW 9A.56.180 – Obscuring the Identity of a Machine

RCW 9A.56.190 – Carjacking

RCW 9A.56.300 – Theft of a Firearm

RCW 9A.56.310 – Possessing a Stolen Firearm

RCW 9A.56.350 – Organized Retail Theft


RCW 9A.60.020 – Forgery


RCW 9A.68.010 – Bribery


RCW 9A.72.020 – Perjury in the First Degree

RCW 9A.72.030 – Perjury in the Second Degree

RCW 9A.72.090 – Bribing a Witness

RCW 9A.72.100 – Witness Receiving a Bribe

RCW 9A.72.110 – Intimidating a Witness

RCW 9A.72.150 – Destruction of Evidence

RCW 9A.72.150(1)(b) – Presenting False Physical Evidence


RCW 9A.76.020 – Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer

RCW 9A.76.023 – Disarming a Law Enforcement Officer

RCW 9A.76.040 – Resisting Arrest

RCW 9A.76.100 – Compounding a Crime

RCW 9A.76.175 – Making a False Statement to a Public Servant

RCW 9A.76.180 – Intimidating a Public Servant


RCW 9A.82.010 – Trafficking Stolen Property

RCW 9A.82.060 – Leading Organized Crime


RCW 9A.84.030 – Disorderly Conduct

RCW 9A.84.040 – False Report of an Emergency


RCW 9A.88.070 – Promoting Prostitution in the First Degree

RCW 9A.88.080 –  – Promoting Prostitution in the Second Degree


RCW 9A.90.040 – Computer Trespass


RCW 9.27.015 – Interference or Obstruction of a Court


RCW 9.35.020 – Identity Theft


RCW 9.41.040 – Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

RCW 9.41.050 – Carrying a Concealed Gun

RCW 9.41.050 – Carrying a Gun in a Vehicle

RCW 9.41.190 – Unlawful Firearms

RCW 9.41.240 – Underage Possession of a Gun

RCW 9.41.282 – Possessing Dangerous Weapons on Childcare Premises

RCW 9.41.326 – Untraceable Firearms

RCW 9.41.360 – Unsafe Storage of a Firearm

RCW 9.41.370 – Large Capacity Magazines


RCW 9.61.230 – Telephone Harassment


RCW 9.68A – Child Pornography

RCW 9.68A.090 – Communication with a Minor for Immoral Purposes

RCW 9.68A.100 – Commercial Sexual Abuse of a Minor

RCW 9.68A.101 – Promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor


RCW 9.82.010 – Treason


RCW 9.94A.533 – Firearm Enhancements


RCW 10.99.040 – No Contact Orders


RCW 26.28.085 – Tattooing a Minor

RCW 26.50.010 – Domestic Violence


RCW 46.52.020(1) – Hit and Run Resulting in Death

RCW 46.52.020(4)(b) – Hit and Run Resulting in Injury


RCW 46.61.500 – Reckless Driving

RCW 46.61.502 – Prescription Drug DUI

RCW 46.61.502 – Driving Under the Influence

RCW 46.61.520 – Vehicular Homicide

RCW 46.61.522 – Vehicular Assault

RCW 46.61.5055 – Second Time DUI

RCW 46.61.5055 – Third Time DUI

RCW 46.61.5055 – Fourth Time DUI

RCW 46.61.5055 – Aggravated DUI


RCW 66.44.270(2)(a) – Underage Drinking


RCW 69.50.403(1)(c) – Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud, Concealment, or Lies

RCW 69.50.403(1)(d) – Misrepresentation to Obtain a Controlled Substance

RCW 69.50.403(1)(e) – Forging a Prescription for a Controlled Substance

RCW 69.50.403(1)(h) – Possessing a Fraudulent Prescription

RCW 69.50.403(1)(i) – False Labeling of a Controlled Substance

RCW 69.50.415 – Controlled Substances Homicide

RCW 69.50.4015 – Involving a Minor in a Drug Transaction


RCW 69.52.030 – Making and Distributing an Imitation Controlled Substance

RCW 69.53.010 – Using a Building for Drug Purposes


RCW 81.48.020 – Obstructing or Delaying a Train