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Fighting federal charges requires complete commitment

Washington residents understand that people accused of crimes can be tried in various jurisdictions, depending on the nature of the crime involved. In general, local charges do not rise above the designation of misdemeanor and merit little more than simple fines. Crimes at the state level involved both misdemeanors and felonies, many of the latter being so serious as to merit the harshest criminal penalties, including many years in prison and even the death penalty in some circumstances. Sometimes, though, some serious crimes merit a federal trial, especially when they involve some sort of potential interstate enterprise such as drug trafficking or child pornography.

Like the most serious felonies in most states, conviction on federal charges brings the prospect of many years in prison. Unfortunately for anyone accused of a federal crime, the U.S. government has more resources and deeper pockets than state governments and can aggressively investigate and prosecute any criminal allegation.

What do Washington laws sayaboutpossession of firearms?

Crimes can happen everydaythroughoutWashington, and some of them are violent or threaten the safety of ordinary law-abiding citizens. Because of this, some people consider purchasing a weapon to defend themselves and their loved onesagainst possible attacks or assaults. Purchasing a weapon, however, is not as straightforward as many people imagine, and Washington has restricted one certain class of citizens -- felons -- from possessing them. Violation of this state can result in felony weapons charges.

According to Section 9.41.040 of Washington's Revised Code of Laws, a person who owns a firearm illegally may be charged with unlawful possession of a firearm if he or she was previously convicted of any felonycrime or was found not guilty of felony charges by reason of insanity. First-degree unlawful possession of a firearm is considered a Class B felony and is enforceable whether the defendant is an adult or juvenile. Second-degree unlawful possession charges may be issued under certain circumstances if the accused person does not qualify for first-degree unlawful possession.

How federal laws affect domestic violence charges and convictions

Many cases of domestic violence in Washington erupt out of spousal abuse or other conflict between family members. Because domestic abuse can threaten the safety of spouses and children, the federal government has considered acts of violence arising from domestic conflict as crimes. Any person who perpetrates such abuse is likely to face criminal charges.

Although domestic violence incidents were previously only state crimes, the U.S. Congress enacted the Violence Against Women Act in 1994 to make these crimes federal offenses. Amendments passed in 1996, 2000, 2005 and 2013 have all affirmed that domestic violence is a national crime. Congressional amendments to the Gun Control Act also elevate penalties in domestic violence cases when defendants use guns.

Alleged luring incidents lead to arrest of Spokane Valley man

Law enforcement officers throughout Washington are alert not only to people who have already committed crimes but also to those who may be attempting crimes that endanger the safety of other citizens. For this reason, suspicious incidents and even allegations of suspicious conduct can end with an individual facing criminal charges and serious consequences if convicted.

A case in point is the recent arrest of a 38-year-old Spokane Valley man by Spokane County deputies after he allegedly tried to lure females into his vehicle on three separate occasions within a month. Deputies allege that the suspect tried to coerce one woman and two teenage girls into riding in his SUV and intimidated them when they refused. The first incident happened in East Mission when the adult woman was approached at a bus stop. The woman said the driver threatened to drag her into his vehicle but backed off when another man at the scene realized what was happening.

We can give you the strength to face drug charges and prevail

As is the case with any criminal charge, the consequences of a drug conviction can be serious and include time in jail or prison, as well as substantial fines. For Washington residents, substantial time behind bars following a drug arrest may seem like a foregone conclusion, but the criminal justice system requires the state to prove not only the commission of a crime, but also the participation of the person charged.

The constitutional right of due process begins immediately. Mere arrest does not mean that a defendant is guilty. Our firm believes that any individual accused of a crime is innocent until a judge or jury says otherwise, based on clear and abundant evidence presented by prosecutors. We understand that facing drug charges is emotionally difficult, so we use our comprehensive knowledge of drug crimes to provide a defendant with the strength to fight the charges before and during trial.

What does federal law consider child pornography to be?

U.S. and Washington legislators enact many criminal statutes to protect people from harm. In the case of children, some of those harms are sexual in nature. In Washington, as with every other state, laws are enforced to keep children safe from crimes, such as assault, trafficking and online child pornography. Unfortunately, many more children are now victimized by such criminal activities because of our new digital age.

Online child pornography not only victimizes and endangers the children depicted in pornographic sexual activities, but also puts other children at risk of being similarly victimized by predators, who are often inspired to look for vulnerable children who can also be exploited. Child pornography thus can have devastating emotional, social and physical effects on children. For this reason, anyone facing child pornography charges is likely to face severe consequences, if convicted in either state or federal court.

What are the potential penalties of gun-related crimes?

A gun is the most popular personal weapon these days. While some Spokane, Washington, gun advocates believe that a gun is good protection in case of danger, local authorities have seen the negative contribution of firearms to violent crimes that threaten the safety of the community, including those in eastern Washington State and northern Idaho. As a result, the federal government implemented gun laws that provide for mandatory penalties for those who are convicted of gun-related crimes.

For example, if an alleged robber uses a gun to threaten victims during the crime, he or she would be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence, if found guilty. The potential consequences under federal law may be more severe if someone sustains bodily injury during the incident. Accordingly, possessing a gun, discharging a gun during a violent crime or drug trafficking and brandishing a gun in public also are covered under the federal mandatory minimum sentences for gun possession. Under the law, possession of weapons may result in a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for first-time offenders and 25 years for a second conviction and each additional conviction. The mandatory minimum varies, based on the kind of gun used during a crime, such as a short-barreled shotgun, machine gun, destructive device and a short-barreled rifle.

Ex-police chief arrested for drug charges in Washington

Local enforcement officers are very strict when handling drug crimes because they know how important a clean arrest is and the potential consequences of drug charges. These charges, such as drug distribution, drug trafficking and drug possession, can result in fines and jail time. However, in a recent alleged drug crime in Pierce County, a former police chief was accused of selling illegal drugs himself.

The ex-police chief of Montesano, Washington, was arrested for a second time this year. He appeared in court for charges stemming from the first incident where, according to a report, he allegedly stole more than $1,500 in liquor from a grocery store in January. After that court appearance, the Washington man pleaded not guilty to his new drug charges.

We can help you understand your WA criminal defense rights

Many residents of Spokane, Washington, have little knowledge of criminal law. Most of them think that laws enacted by state and federal government are limited to crimes that threaten the safety of another individual, or for anyone associated with deception and fraud. However, anyone may face criminal charges for a variety of reasons. Should that happen, it is important for you to be aware of your rights under such circumstances.

Criminal charges can result from a domestic violence incident, road rage and even driving under the influence. Although each of these crimes is different in nature, it can hurt a person's reputation, as well as their future. Nonetheless, our firm knows how to protect your interests against unfair prosecution. There are always two sides to every story, and we are willing to listen to what you have to say, regardless of any evidence gathered by the prosecution and local authorities.

Washington man taken into custody for alleged shooting in Spokane

The safety of its residents is a primary concern for authorities in Washington and throughout the United States. For this reason, the authorities are expected to treat every alleged criminal act seriously, including a simple assault charge. There are various laws enacted in prosecuting assault and weapon-related crimes in the state. One of these laws is Washington's three strikes law, which can elevate the potential penalties of violent crime charges.

Washington's three strikes law typically affects criminal cases that involve assault, battery and weapon crimes. Upon conviction, three separate incidents of serious felony crimes may result in life in prison without parole.

About Partovi Law, P.S Spokane Washington Attorney 866-870-5890 Partovi Law, P.S. in Spokane, Washington, handles not only criminal and family law but also personal injury and appeals.

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