Washington Legal Roundup – Division I
Joshua Harris pleaded guilty to driving while license suspended and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock devise. Both are misdemeanors. He was sentenced to two consecutive 90 jail sentences. While awaiting sentencing, he spent 140 days on electronic home monitoring. He asked to receive credit for the that time.
The Court of Appeals held that Mr. Harris was not entitled to credit for the time on home monitoring. Had the crimes been felonies, he would have been but the appellate court said that the purposes of the statutes were different and did not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the constitution.
Note to criminals: If you want credit for time served on electronic monitoring, make sure you commit a felony.