In July of 2017 the Washington State Legislature passed HB 1163. It is a bill that increases the penalties for a conviction of Domestic Violence in 2018. The bill does the following:
1. An Assault 4th degree (DV) is elevated from a gross misdemeanor to a class C felony when the defendant has two or more prior adult DV convictions for in the previous 10 years.
2. Counts prior convictions for Assault of a Child or Criminal
Mistreatment DV as 2 points when calculating an offender score
for sentencing for a felony DV conviction.
3. Requires DNA collection from defendant upon a
conviction for an Assault in the fourth degree - DV.
4. Requires persons receiving an initial license for cosmetology, hair design,
barbering, manicuring, or esthetics to complete a one-hour training course in
DV and sexual assault awareness.