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What types of crimes can result in federal charges?

When Spokane residents read or tune in to the local news, they may sometimes hear that a person has been arrested on federal charges. Even if a person is completely unfamiliar with the court system, he or she is likely to know that facing federal charges is a very serious matter. A criminal offense may be a violation of state law or it may violate federal law -- what types of crimes are considered federal offenses?

First, the majority of crimes that people are charged with every day in Washington State are violations of state law. Thus, these cases are tried in state courts. In fact, the only types of cases that are generally not heard in state courts are either specific violations of federal laws or cases in which the United States is a party, among a few others.

WSU football player may be charged with felony assault

Almost everyone would likely agree that there is an extremely negative stigma attached to a criminal conviction. There is also a somewhat lesser, though still pervasive stigma attached to nearly any sort of run-in with the criminal justice system. The reality is that facing criminal charges happens to Washington State residents from all walks of life, from those who didn't receive a proper upbringing to those who were raised in wealth and privilege.

What these people have in common is that if they are charged with a crime, particularly a violent felony offense, they may need an aggressive and comprehensive criminal defense. Recently, police in Washington forwarded the case of a Washington State football player to the prosecutor's office in Whitman County; the Pullman Police have recommended the athlete be charged with felony-level assault in the second degree.

Understanding the benefits of a drug diversion program

There are few absolutes in in life, but most people can agree that everyone makes mistakes. Some mistakes are minor and have little to no effect on one's life, but some are very serious and can change a person's life forever. In the state of Washington, getting charged with a drug crime can be a very serious situation that can involve one small misstep growing larger.

Even if a person is charged with a seemingly simple drug possession or possession of drug paraphernalia charge, there may be serious consequences to a conviction. For example, a young person who is caught with an illegal substance may have to face the prospect of time spent in jail, confusion regarding legal matters and a future with a criminal record. Having even a "minor" drug crime on one's record can dramatically impact one's ability to get a job, get into educational programs or even rent an apartment.

Taking the life of another during a felony in Washington

When many people think of the word "murder," they may instinctively think of a premeditated, calculated act that is carefully planned-out beforehand. However, in Washington State there are different degrees of murder depending on the circumstances of an offense and the degree of intent involved. Washington State also has what is known as a "felony murder rule" that, in essence, can bring extremely serious charges against someone who takes the life of another while committing certain other felonies.

If someone intentionally takes the life of another person in Washington, that person may be charged with varying degrees of homicide. However, if a person accidentally kills another during the commission of another crime, such as a robbery, that person can also be charged with homicide even though they did not actively set out to take the person's life.

What are the National Sex Offender Registry's "jurisdictions?"

It is likely that plenty of Spokane residents have heard of the National Sex Offender Registry, but few may know exactly what it is, how it works and what happens if one is required to register. In many instances, a person facing federal charges for online child pornography, exploiting children and similar offenses will be required to register as a sex offender if convicted. This sentencing element contains many stipulations and a person facing such serious charges may want to seek legal advice immediately.

First emerging in 2005, the National Sex Offender Public Registry is a conglomeration of the different sex offender registry sites throughout the U.S. and its territories. The NSOPW provides current information from the many different jurisdictions in the U.S. These jurisdictions include all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, participating tribal jurisdictions and U.S. territories. If a person finds that information listed about a particular convicted sex offender is incorrect, he or she must contact the appropriate jurisdiction rather than the NSOPW itself.

A defendant's background affects domestic violence sentencing

From the beginning of one's experience with the criminal justice process, it can be difficult to fully comprehend all that's going on. Especially if one is dealing with charges of domestic violence, the combination of confusion and frustration can be completely overwhelming. It can be helpful to talk with one's criminal defense attorney about each step of the process before going to trial or considering plea negotiations.

If a person is convicted of a domestic violence crime in Washington State, he or she will likely face various sorts of penalties. An experienced domestic violence defense attorney may be able to explain these potential penalties and how best to avoid them. Sentencing is a critical point in the process because this is one of the times when the defendant can share his or her background with the court.

Spokane man facing murder charges after hitting bicyclist

Most residents of Spokane probably believe they would never need a criminal defense attorney for any reason. Especially for serious charges like homicide, domestic violence, weapons crimes and so on. However, a recent news story out of Spokane illustrates how just about anybody can get caught up in unforeseen events that can have potentially life-altering legal consequences.

A recent local media report mentioned that a 23-year-old man from Spokane has been charged with murder after a dispute with another man. The man facing criminal charges appeared in court earlier this month and was held on a $500,000 bail. Witness reports point to an argument between the two men on the last day of July that turned violent, culminating in the death of a 30-year-old man. Per police, two different cars had been chasing that man and one of the cars fatally struck him. According to the local medical examiner's office, the deceased died from blunt injuries to the head.

Exceptional criminal defense service for Washington, Idaho

A person has just been arrested for a crime. What should they do? Who should they talk to? What can they expect? In Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, exceptional criminal defense is available for people who are facing criminal charges.

Local criminal defense attorney David Partovi has over ten years of experience fighting for the rights of the accused. From the first few moments after an arrest until a plea negotiation or criminal trial, every moment counts along the way in the development of a criminal case. It's important for defendants to not only know what their rights are, but also that those rights can be protected in the event of a criminal prosecution. Moreover, it's also important for defendants to be able to fully provide their version of events as they happened, as well as the circumstances leading up to the events in question, while receiving a proper defense against the severe penalties involved.

Notification of prosecuting decisions in domestic violence cases

Walking into a courtroom is often an intimidating experience, especially for those facing criminal charges for the first time. In the Spokane area, a person charged with a crime related to domestic violence is unlikely to know what to expect as they go to court. Taking a case to a criminal defender experienced with charges of spousal abuse, domestic assault charges and related offenses can be a very helpful decision.

In Spokane, it is the prosecuting attorney who usually makes the final decision regarding whether or not to pursue a case. In other words, just because a person has been arrested on domestic violence charges doesn't mean they will necessarily be convicted of a criminal offense. Charges may be dropped, they may be amended to lesser charges or a defendant may plead guilty to lesser charges.

Suspected weapons crimes and drug offenses often tie together

Most residents of eastern Washington and Idaho probably couldn't name all of the items in their house. If police were to suddenly enter the home of a local living in Spokane, for instance, there's no telling what might be found that could inadvertently implicate someone in some sort of offense. Possession of a weapon, for instance, when one has previously been convicted of a felony crime can mean serious trouble for the person who owns the gun.

Still, when police search a person's home, there are many different procedures, rules and laws that must be followed in order for their investigation to prove sound in a court of law. If authorities do not follow every step according to proper procedure the prosecution's case can become very shaky. Still, certain crimes, such as drug selling or possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony, are not taken lightly by local officials and they will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.