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Alleged sale of methamphetamine leads to drug charges

Although the debate over the legality of certain drugs is an ongoing issue in Washington and across the country, there are other drugs that are taken very seriously when people are found to be taking part in their sale and use. Drugs like heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine are three that immediately come to mind. Those who are accused of selling or possessing these substances need to be aware that they can face serious consequences if they are placed under arrest on drug charges. After an arrest on drug offenses, it is imperative to have a strong legal defense planned.

Three men were placed under arrest after it was alleged that they sold methamphetamine to undercover law enforcement officers. The men were charged with conspiracy for drug distribution. The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Agency and it started in January after one of the men was alleged to have been a drug trafficker in the area. One of the three men is said to have sold large amounts of methamphetamine and marijuana to the officers twice in 2016. One of the deals was said to have been worth nearly $38,000.

Bond set at $1 million for Spokane Valley defendant

Last week, this blog discussed the topic of false allegations of domestic violence. At times, serious allegations may arise over incidents occurring between spouses or romantic partners. These accusations may be false or the defendant may need to share his or her side of the story regarding the incident.

Crimes related to domestic violence can range from assault charges to homicide and other crimes such as threatening and stalking. In some instances, these incidents are due to familial conflict that has gotten out of hand, and one or both parties behave vindictively toward one another. In the worst of situations, an accusation of a damaging act of violence will require an extremely thorough criminal defense.

Confronting false allegations of domestic violence

You've just been accused of a violent crime that you did not commit. Even worse, the accusation comes from a loved one. What can a person do in this situation? These types of extreme family or relationship disputes are not easy to resolve. However, there are legal solutions available to those who have been falsely accused of domestic violence in Washington or Idaho.

One of the most proactive ways to deal with charges of domestic violence is to obtain an experienced attorney's help immediately. Time is of the essence in all legal matters but especially when someone has been accused of causing harm to another. Consulting with a domestic violence defense attorney is usually a wiser options that consulting with others such as well-meaning friends or family members who are not attorneys and are not qualified to offer legal advice or strategies for an effective defense.

Housing and job struggles with a past criminal conviction

Discrimination comes in many forms, but some Washington State residents may not realize that discrimination can be against people who have a criminal record as well as against people of certain races, religions and sexual orientations. One of the many long-term consequences of having a criminal record is difficulty obtaining jobs and housing; a strong criminal defense may lessen the likelihood that a person has to experience this difficulty.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington State notes that most employers, as well as most housing providers, will conduct a criminal records check on applicants. Unfortunately for many in Spokane and the rest of the state, this means that things as important as obtaining a job and renting an apartment can be out of reach for a person due to a past criminal conviction. Moreover, this may be the case even for those whose criminal records only contain a misdemeanor-level conviction.

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.