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Are gun rights absolute under federal law?

Gun ownership is very important for many people in Washington. Many people use a firearm for recreational purposes, such as hunting. Others may own a weapon for personal protection, with the hope that they never need use it. However, Washington residents should be aware that certain categories of people are banned per law from possessing a firearm if certain elements are met.

Two elements that must be met to ban a person from possessing a firearm are that the person actually possesses or has received a firearm or ammunition, and is that the firearm or ammunition passed over state line at any time. In addition, the person must fall under one of the following categories.

Spokane man charged after allegedly trying to collect money owed

It is not unusual for a person in Spokane to loan money to another person or to sell something to someone, who promises to pay them for the item at a later date. However, this situation can become problematic if the money isn't paid back. Sometimes, those who are simply trying to collect what is owed to them are accused of breaking the law while doing so.

A Spokane man is facing numerous criminal charges involving an alleged incident that took place back in October. A woman claims that on October 25, she was woken up by a man she described as large, who was using a bandana to conceal his face and who had a Batman shirt on. The man was allegedly holding a firearm in each hand. According to the woman, he had one of the three other people she lived with by his side.

How does Washington law define theft?

Sometimes misunderstandings occur between people in Spokane, especially when it comes to property. However, these misunderstandings become serious when they lead to accusations of theft. For example, a person may have lent something to someone else, and then forgot he or she did so, believing the item had been stolen. Or sometimes a person misplaces something, but instead of thinking it is lost, accuses someone of stealing it. However, just when does a situation fall under the realm of "theft" for which a person can be criminally charged?

There are several acts that constitute theft under Washington law. One act of theft is when a person wrongfully takes or controls a piece of property that belong to someone else, with the intention of depriving that person of the property. Another act of theft is if a person deceives someone else for the purpose of taking a piece of property belonging to someone else, with the intention of depriving that person of the property. Finally, a third act of theft is if a person takes something that belongs to someone else that that was lost or was delivered somewhere else, with the intention of depriving that person of the property.

We fight for our clients accused of domestic violence

When family members or those in a romantic relationship fight, usually it is just angry words hurled between the parties. Many times, ultimately, the parties to the argument are able to settle the matter between themselves and move on with their lives together. Unfortunately, sometimes when family members or romantic partners in Spokane fight, it can lead to allegations of domestic violence, which could have very serious consequences to the alleged abuser.

If a person is charged with domestic violence, they may be forced to leave their home and give up any weapons they may have. Moreover, they may carry the stigma that comes with being labeled an abuser, which could have a detrimental effect on their personal reputation.

Marijuana and weapons reportedly seized in Moses Lake

Law enforcement in Spokane and across the United States remain committed to apprehending and prosecuting those they believe committed drug crimes. Those who are arrested on drug charges can face serious penalties, including prison time.

A recent reported drug bust in Moses Lake netted authorities almost 100 alleged marijuana plants. Grant County's Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) also seized 50 pounds of alleged processed marijuana, 10 firearms and a silencer. The man who was at the home was charged with manufacturing marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. The man told investigators that he was considering becoming a licensed marijuana grower.

Woman arrested in connection with alleged burglary

Criminal charges can rise out of unexpected situations. Sometimes, a person is in the wrong place at the wrong time, and ends up as a suspect in an apparently unrelated incident.

Recently a woman was arrested after trying to sell gold to a local scrap yard. The woman went to the scrap yard with hammered gold coins. While trying to sell them, the manager of the scrap yard realized she was using a fake ID. He also recognized the coins from a recent burglary that was posted on a local watchdog site. The employees and manager stalled the woman while they called police. The woman and a man she was with took off running, but employees were able to capture the woman. The man got away and Spokane police are searching for him. The woman is being held in the Spokane County jail.

Former police chief accused of stalking ex-girlfriend

There are always two sides to every story and for domestic violence issues, this is often the case. Those who have been accused of domestic violence risk losing their jobs and their good reputation. A former police chief is facing serious criminal charges.

A former Spirit Lake police chief has been arrested for stalking his ex-girlfriend, driving into her boyfriend's car and biting her. The man allegedly saw his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend park their car to go look at a new house they were interested in. The defendant was driving by, saw them, and then proceeded to turn around and hit the back of the boyfriend's car. He also allegedly bit his ex-girlfriend. He is charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor, including a domestic violence charge. If the defendant were to bond out the judge would require him to wear a GPS tracking device and have a no-contact order.

What is a crime of moral turpitude?

Immigrants to the United States are held under certain standards of conduct. When these standards are broken, it can lead to a person being deported. A crime of moral turpitude is one standard in which the courts may measure the crime an immigrant commits.

A crime of moral turpitude is one of the oldest grounds for removal of an immigrant. It first appeared in US immigration law back in 1891 and excluded those from the United States who had been convicted of a felony or other crime involving moral turpitude. The definition of what moral turpitude is generally left up to the courts. But they are generally divided into three categories. The first category is crimes against property. These may include arson, burglary, theft, and receiving stolen property. The second category is crimes committed against governmental authority. These may include tax evasion, bribery, among others. The third category is crimes committed against other people. These may include assaults, kidnapping, rape, etc.

Man charged with murder

Those who are convicted of murder can face very stiff penalties, including life in prison. If a person is facing charges involving murder, or any felony, he or she needs skilled help from a defense attorney.

A man has been arrested and charged for first and second-degree murder in Spokane County. Recently, a shooting occurred in west central Spokane. Police responded to a report of a shooting at an apartment building on W. Dean. Police found a victim at the scene who shortly thereafter died of his injuries. The defendant was later arrested and charged. Police said it appeared that the victim and defendant knew each other before the incident.

Seattle mayor resigns amid sex abuse scandal

Washington residents have little patience for elected officials who don't follow the law. Fortunately, most elected officials are of stellar moral aptitude. But when these elected officials are not following the law, they may find themselves facing serious charges. In these situations, a criminal defense attorney may become necessary.

Seattle has been rocked with the news that their mayor is resigning following a sex abuse allegation. This news occurred when a man alleging to be the mayor's cousin said that he was sexually abused by the mayor when he was a boy in the 1970s. Five different men have come forward since April claiming that they were sexually abused by the mayor in the 1970s and 1980s. The mayor has denied the allegations and claims they are false.