(1) All superior courts, and courts organized under Title 3 or 35 RCW, may impose a penalty of one hundred dollars, plus an additional fifteen dollars
on any person convicted of a crime involving domestic violence; in no case shall
a penalty assessment exceed one hundred fifteen dollars on any person convicted of
a crime involving domestic violence. The assessment shall be in addition to, and shall not supersede, any other penalty,
restitution, fines, or costs provided by law.
(2) Revenue from the:
(a) One hundred dollar assessment shall be used solely for the purposes of establishing
and funding domestic violence advocacy and domestic violence prevention and prosecution
programs in the city or county of the court imposing the assessment. Such revenue from the assessment shall not be used for indigent criminal defense. If the city or county does not have domestic violence advocacy or domestic violence
prevention and prosecution programs, cities and counties may use the revenue collected
from the assessment to contract with recognized community-based domestic violence
(b) Fifteen dollar assessment must be remitted monthly to the state treasury for deposit
in the domestic violence prevention account.
(3) The one hundred dollar assessment imposed under this section shall not be subject
to any state or local remittance requirements under chapter 3.46, 3.50, 3.62, 7.68, 10.82, or 35.20 RCW.
(4) For the purposes of this section, “convicted” includes a plea of guilty, a finding
of guilt regardless of whether the imposition of the sentence is deferred or any part
of the penalty is suspended, or the levying of a fine. For the purposes of this section, “domestic violence” has the same meaning as that
term is defined under RCW 10.99.020 and includes violations of equivalent local ordinances.
(5) When determining whether to impose a penalty assessment under this section, judges
are encouraged to solicit input from the victim or representatives for the victim
in assessing the ability of the convicted offender to pay the penalty, including information
regarding current financial obligations, family circumstances, and ongoing restitution.
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