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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.

Fight at Airway Heights apartment complex leaves one person dead

The Spokane area is usually a peaceful and beautiful place. But, occasionally, a person can get into a disagreement with someone else. When these disagreements become heated or misunderstandings occur, a felony may result, leading to serious consequences for the defendant.

Recently, a violent fight occurred at an apartment complex in Airway Heights. The fight occurred between two men in the parking lot of the Copper Landing apartments. Witnesses called police after they heard a lot of yelling and commotion, and people running from the scene where the fight occurred between the men using baseball bats. When police arrived, they found one man dead at the scene and a second was transported to a local hospital. Two men have been charged with 2nd degree murder and are being held at the Spokane County jail.

Spokane police officer facing criminal charges

Spokane police officers are valuable members of our society. They protect our city and help our citizens. But, when a police officer finds himself on the other side of the law, it can be detrimental to his reputation.

A Spokane police officer is facing numerous charges after his daughter pleaded guilty to kidnapping. The kidnapping victim states she was forced out of her home and taken to an apartment where she was hit by a frying pan by one man and stabbed by the police officer's daughter. The victim was then allegedly put back in the car and driven around. The police officer's daughter then picked up her sister. At this time, the police officer reportedly texted his daughter asking if she was OK. He then called both of them and told his daughter to drive to his house.

Charges dropped against officer accused of domestic violence

Not everyone gets along all the time, and there will be times when spouses or other family members who reside together have arguments. If these arguments get heated enough, one party may call the police, alleging that a physical altercation has occurred. However, a person should not be convicted on domestic violence charges unless there is sufficient evidence to do so.

A Spokane Police officer who was facing a domestic violence charge has had this charge dismissed. The judge's decision was due to the fact that there was not enough evidence against the officer. The prosecution stated that it is not uncommon for cases such as this one to be dismissed.

State of Washington offers alternative sentencing in drug cases

Addiction to drugs can be a terrible thing. It can tear apart families, cost a person their job, rob a person of their health, and, in the worst of circumstances, could even lead to death. Therefore, it is important that those who are addicted to drugs receive the help they need to overcome their addiction.

The state of Washington recognizes an addict's need for help and has a special drug offender sentencing alternative. Rather than simply being thrown in jail for years or even decades due to a conviction on drug charges, individuals may be eligible for this alternative program, which could be either a residential chemical dependency treatment program or a prison-based alternative. In either case, the standard sentence will be waived.

Identity theft is a felony

When people in Spokane thing of felony crimes, they may think of violent crimes, such as murder or sexual assault. However, some felonies are not violent, but can still cause substantial financial harm. These are known as "white-collar crimes," and a common one is identity theft.

Through identity theft, one person uses another's personal or financial information for their own gain. What are some examples of identity theft? Some identity theft scams are "low-tech." For example, a person may find a lost wallet or steal one to obtain and use another person's driver's license. Financial information can also be found by digging through a person's garbage or stealing their mail. Phone scams are another type of low-tech identity theft. Finally, identity theft can take place if a person peers over another person's shoulder while that person is completing a form, entering their password on a computer or entering their personal identification number at an ATM.

College football player accused of domestic violence

Even though it is only summer, college football fans in Washington are eagerly awaiting the start of the football season. However, one football player from Eastern Washington University has lost his spot on the team due to being charged with domestic violence. According to the head coach for the university's football team, it was deemed that the football player should "part ways" with the team because of his arrest.

The football player reportedly went to his estranged girlfriend's home. According to the girlfriend, when she opened the door, the football player forced his way into the apartment, brandishing a steak knife. Other witnesses reported that they thought the football player was behaving aggressively, yelling and cursing. According to the girlfriend, the football player threw the knife onto the ground and then went away when she told him she phoned the police.

What are the consequences of domestic violence charges?

When a couple in Washington has a heated argument, it is often a he-said-she-said situation. However, this does not mean that a person cannot be charged with criminal domestic violence.

Per the Revised Code of Washington section 10.99.040, the court is not allowed to dismiss domestic violence criminal charges just because a civil action based on the same incident is being pursued at the same time. In addition, it is not necessary for the alleged victim to prove that either they or the accused is pursuing a divorce before a person can be charged with domestic violence.