Charges filed by KCPAO in February 2023

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed more than 660 criminal charges in February — the shortest month of the year. Violent crime and repeat property crime are the bulk of the cases we handle, and prosecutors typically file between 20–30 cases daily.

Our ability to file charges is based on the number of case referrals by police investigators.

The overwhelming majority of these 660 charges are from felony cases in Superior Court, but that number also includes a few expedited and fugitive cases in District Court. Juvenile cases filings and non-expedited District Court filings are separate from the 660 number.

Here is a breakdown of charges filed during the 19 business days in February:

  • King County prosecutors filed 98 assault or attempted assault charges in February, including armed assaults.
  • There were 20 robbery and attempted robbery charges filed by King County prosecutors in February, including armed robberies.
  • King County prosecutors charged 99 burglaries and attempted burglaries in February, including 65 commercial burglaries.
  • In addition to armed assaults, armed robberies, and murders involving guns, King County prosecutors charged 40 additional gun crimes in February, such as unlawful gun possession (38).
  • King County prosecutors filed 69 theft or attempted theft charges in February. That includes 16 organized retail theft charges. (Most shoplifting cases are not felony thefts, they are misdemeanor cases referred to individual city attorney’s offices.)
  • Stolen vehicles and vehicle prowls are the most common type of property crime prosecuted. King County prosecutors filed 78 stolen vehicle and prowling related charges in February.
  • In February, the KCPAO filed 5 murder charges, 2 attempted murder charges, 2 manslaughter charges, and 2 vehicular homicide charges — based on referrals from police investigators. Many murder investigations are still ongoing.
  • Drug possession cases — even cases of people using meth or fentanyl or heroin on the streets — have not been felony crimes since the State Supreme Court’s Blake decision in February 2021. However, King County prosecutors still charge drug dealers, most often fentanyl dealers. King County prosecutors filed 54 drug-dealing related charges in December, including 21 involving fentanyl charges and 7 meth charges (possession with intent or drug delivery).
  • In the last seven months (Aug. 2022 — Feb. 2023), King County prosecutors filed 105 fentanyl dealing charges and another 68 meth dealing charges (including seven Conspiracy to Commit VUCSA charges). Another way to say that is, nearly 70% of all drug dealing charges filed by King County prosecutors involve fentanyl or meth (39% and 25.3% respectively, including the Conspiracy to Commit VUCSA charges).
  • Domestic violence remains the most common crime type in King County: 16.3% of all charges filed in February were domestic violence related (108 of at least 660 charges).

Click here to see a daily breakdown of charges filed by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Specific crimes charged in February 2023 by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office:

· Arson In The First Degree (2 charges)

· Arson In The Second Degree (2 charges)

· Assault In The First Degree — Domestic Violence (2 charges)

· Assault In The First Degree (6 charges)

· Assault In The Fourth Degree — Domestic Violence (6 charges)

· Assault In The Fourth Degree (5 charges)

· Assault In The Second Degree — Domestic Violence (31 charges)

· Assault In The Second Degree (13 charges)

· Assault In The Third Degree — Domestic Violence (2 charges)

· Assault In The Third Degree (23 charges)

· Assault of a Child in the Third Degree — Domestic Violence (2 charges)

· Attempted Assault In The Third Degree (1 charge)

· Attempted Burglary In The First Degree (1 charge)

· Attempted Burglary In The Second Degree (1 charge)

· Attempted Commercial Sexual Abuse Of A Minor (1 charge)

· Attempted Murder In The First Degree (1 charge)

· Attempted Murder In The Second Degree (1 charge)

· Attempted Residential Burglary (5 charges)

· Attempted Theft In The First Degree (1 charge)

· Attempted Theft Of Motor Vehicle (6 charges)

· Attempting To Elude A Pursuing Police Vehicle (11 charges)

· Being A Fugitive From Justice (8 charges)

· Burglary in the First Degree — Domestic Violence (3 charges)

· Burglary In The First Degree (5 charges)

· Burglary In The Second Degree (65 charges)

· Child Molestation in the First Degree — Domestic Violence (1 charge)

· Child Molestation In The First Degree (4 charges)

· Child Molestation In The Second Degree (2 charges)

· Child Molestation In The Third Degree (1 charge)

· Communication With A Minor For Immoral Purposes (3 charges)

· Criminal Mischief (1 charge)

· Criminal Mistreatment in the Third Degree (1 charge)

· Criminal Trespass In The Second Degree (1 charge)

· Custodial Assault (1 charge)

· Dealing in Depictions of Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct in the First Degree (3 charges)

· Domestic Violence Felony Assault in the Fourth Degree (1 charge)

· Domestic Violence Felony Violation Of A Court Order (23 charges)

· Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Violation Of A Court Order (8 charges)

· Drive-By Shooting (1 charge)

· Driving While License (1 charge)

· Driving While Under the Influence (7 charges)

· Endangerment With A Controlled Substance (2 charges)

· Escape In The Second Degree (1 charge)

· Failure to Register as a Sex Offender (17 charges)

· Felony Cyber Harassment (1 charge)

· Felony Harassment — Domestic Violence (12 charges)

· Felony Harassment (15 charges)

· Felony Physical Control While Under The Influence (1 charge)

· Felony Stalking (3 charges)

· Felony Vehicle Prowling in the Second Degree (1 charge)

· Hate Crime (6 charges)

· Hit And Run — Felony (1 charge)

· Hit And Run (1 charge)

· Identity Theft in the First Degree (1 charge)

· Identity Theft in the Second Degree (6 charges)

· Interfering With Domestic Violence Reporting (7 charges)

· Lottery Fraud (1 charge)

· Making A False Or Misleading Statement To A Public Servant (1 charge)

· Malicious Mischief In The First Degree (8 charge)

· Malicious Mischief in the Second Degree — Domestic Violence (1 charge)

· Malicious Mischief In The Second Degree (5 charges)

· Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree — Domestic Violence (2 charges)

· Manslaughter In The First Degree (2 charges)

· Murder In The First Degree (1 charge)

· Murder In The Second Degree (4 charges)

· Obstructing A Law Enforcement Officer (5 charges)

· Organized Retail Theft In The First Degree (7 charges)

· Organized Retail Theft In The Second Degree (9 charges)

· Physical Control While Under The Influence (1 charge)

· Possessing Stolen Property In The First Degree (1 charge)

· Possession of Depictions of Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct in the First Degree (2 charges)

· Possession Of Stolen Vehicle (59 charges)

· Rape In The First Degree (2 charges)

· Rape in the Second Degree — Domestic Violence (1 charge)

· Rape in the Third Degree (2 charges)

· Rape of a Child in the First Degree (2 charges)

· Reckless Burning In The First Degree (2 charges)

· Reckless Driving (3 charges)

· Reckless Endangerment (1 charge)

· Residential Burglary — Domestic Violence (2 charges)

· Residential Burglary (17 charges)

· Resisting Arrest (1 charge)

· Robbery In The First Degree (16 charges)

· Robbery In The Second Degree (4 charges)

· Sexual Misconduct With A Minor In The First Degree (2 charges)

· Stalking (4 charges)

· Suspended/Revoked In The First Degree (1 charge)

· Taking Motor Vehicle Without Permission in the Second Degree (3 charge)

· Tampering With A Witness (1 charge)

· Theft In The First Degree (24 charges)

· Theft In The Second Degree (5 charges)

· Theft In The Third Degree (1 charge)

· Theft Of A Firearm (2 charges)

· Theft Of Motor Vehicle (7 charges)

· Threats To Bomb Or Injure Property (1 charge)

· Trafficking In Stolen Property In The Second Degree (1 charge)

· Unlawful Imprisonment — Domestic Violence (4 charges)

· Unlawful Imprisonment (1 charge)

· Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree (21 charges)

· Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the Second Degree (15 charges)

· Unlawful Possession Of A Machine Gun (2 charges)

· Vehicle Prowl In The Second Degree (2 charges)

· Vehicular Assault (5 charges)

· Vehicular Homicide (2 charges)

· Viewing Depictions of Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct in the First Degree (1 charge)

· Violation of Ignition Interlock (1 charge)

· Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act (54 charges)

  • Possession with intent — fentanyl (16)
  • Fentanyl delivery (4)
  • Possession with intent — fentanyl and oxy (1)
  • Possession with intent — meth (6)
  • Meth delivery (1)
  • Possession with intent — heroin (1)
  • Cocaine delivery (12)
  • Possession with intent — cocaine (13)

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