Chapter 9.04


9.04.010    Title – Effective Date – Application.

9.04.020    Purposes – Principles of Construction.

9.04.030    County Criminal Jurisdiction.

9.04.040    Limitation of Actions.

9.04.010 Title – Effective Date – Application.

A.    This Title shall be known and may be cited as the Pierce County Criminal Code and shall become effective on December 7, 1984.

B.    The provisions of this Title shall apply to any offense committed on or after December 7, 1984, which is defined in this Title or the general statutes, unless otherwise expressly provided or unless the context otherwise requires, and shall also apply to any defense to prosecution for such an offense.

C.    The provisions of this Title do not apply to or govern the construction of and punishment for any offense committed prior to December 7, 1984, or to the construction and application of any defense to a prosecution for such an offense. Such an offense must be construed and punished according to the provisions of law existing at the time of the commission thereof in the same manner as if this Title has not been enacted.

(Ord. 84-172 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 9.04.010)

9.04.020 Purposes – Principles of Construction.

A.    The general purposes of the provisions governing the definition of offenses are:

1.    To forbid and prevent conduct that inflicts or threatens substantial harm to individual or public interests;

2.    To safeguard conduct that is without culpability from condemnation as criminal;

3.    To give fair warning of the nature of the conduct declared to constitute an offense.

B.    The provisions of this Title shall be construed according to the fair import of their terms but when the language is susceptible of differing construction it shall be interpreted to further the general purposes stated in this Title.

(Ord. 84-172 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 9.04.020)

9.04.030 County Criminal Jurisdiction.

A person who commits in Pierce County any crime as defined in this Title in whole or in part is liable to punishment. (Ord. 84-172 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 9.04.030)

9.04.040 Limitation of Actions.

Prosecutions for misdemeanors may be commenced within one year after their commission; provided, that any length of time during which the party charged was not usually and publicly resident within this state shall not be reckoned within the one year.

Where a complaint or an information has been filed, within the time limited for the commencement of a criminal action, if the complaint or information be set aside, the time of limitation shall be extended by the length of time from the time of filing of such complaint or information, to the time such complaint or information was set aside. (Ord. 84-172 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 9.04.080)