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Drug charge penalties enhanced when on school or public property

Despite many states relaxing their approach toward recreational marijuana use, the war on drugs wages on. This means that law enforcement and prosecutors continue to aggressively pursue those they believe are guilty of manufacturing, dealing and possessing drugs, with stiff penalties sought out in the event of conviction. Washington residents who face drug charges may find themselves concerned about their future, and for good reason. A criminal conviction could land an individual in prison for a significant period of time, leave them facing expensive fines and give them a reputation and record that can be hard to escape even after one's debt to society has been paid.

Embezzlement criminal charge can lead to harsh penalties

Many Washington residents work in jobs where they handle money. These individuals are instilled with a big responsibility, and their employers and clients trust that they will handle these funds competently. As the saying goes, money is power, and those who feel their money has been mismanaged may feel that they have been cheated. Under these circumstances, an individual or business that has lost money may turn to the individual responsible for handling it for answers. Far too often these individuals are also accused of criminal wrongdoing.

Helping you assert a defense against drug charges

When it comes to drug crimes, the state and federal government do not often go lightly on those convicted on a drug charge. This is especially true if the accused committed a serious drug crime or has a criminal history. Therefore, residents in Washington facing allegations of drug crimes should be aware of the severe penalties they could face. Even more so, defendants should take the time to understand what criminal defense options are available.

Whether it is a drug possession, distribution, manufacturing or any other drug charge, it can be difficult to navigate the defense route on your own. Defendants are likely focused on just dismissing the charges or reducing the penalties they could face rather what steps or processes are required to from one point to the other. Because our experienced legal team understands how paramount it is to initiate a timely defense, Partovi Law, P.S., is devoted to defending the rights of our clients.

Don't navigate criminal charges alone

Being accused of a crime is a very serious situation. The experience can be wrought with uncertainty and fear, but there is no reason that anyone needs to navigate the process alone. Having a criminal defense ally who will fight for your rights is crucial given how much is at stake, because being charged with a crime can severely damage your reputation, relationships, employment prospects and more.

There is a wide range of charges that have the potential to change someone's life forever. Whether it's domestic violence, assault, drug possession, DUI, or something even more serious such as homicide or manslaughter, it's imperative to have an experienced and skilled attorney on your side.

Man faces new charges in pipeline protest

There have been many high-profile political protests in recent months. Usually, demonstrations are a peaceful example of residents exercising their rights but at times they may result in criminal charges.

An Oregon man currently faces felony charges related to what he describes as an act of environmental protest. Prosecutors recently filed new charges against him after a jury was unable to reach a verdict in his trial.

Facing accusations of exploiting children in Washington

In Washington State, people may be aware of the difference between state law and federal law due to the difference between the two regarding certain substances. Marijuana was legalized at the state level in Washington, but this substance is still illegal at the federal level. As a result, a resident of Spokane could be facing federal charges for marijuana-related offenses despite the substance being legal -- to a certain extent -- per state law.

Another area in which people may find themselves facing federal charges is the area of computer usage. Certain activities are harshly condemned by federal prosecution, such as the exploitation of children, and a person facing these types of allegations may be in need of a federal criminal defense attorney. The criminal justice system can be extremely overwhelming, especially for those facing accusations for the first time. A skilled defense attorney can serve as a formidable ally during this confusing time.

In criminal defense, what is an 'affirmative' defense?

Facing criminal charges is a very serious situation and one that can quickly snowball out of control. A resident of Spokane could suddenly find himself or herself in dire need of a criminal defense. After speaking with a qualified criminal defense attorney, the defendant is likely to feel more at ease and begin understanding the processes of the criminal justice system.

After a person has been charged with a crime, the burden of proof is upon the state, not the defense, when it comes to demonstrating the defendant's guilt. The defense gets its turn to counter the allegations against the defendant and highlight doubts as they pertain to the alleged guilt of the accused. When defending a client, either at a criminal trial or during negotiations, a skilled defense attorney may use one or more types of defenses in order to best assert their client's rights.

Understanding the basic classifications of drug charges

Washington State has a reputation across the country for being relatively soft on drug crimes. In reality, a relatively liberal stance on marijuana does not translate into lesser penalties for other types of drug offenses. In Washington as well as in neighboring Idaho, a resident can be charged with a wide variety of drug-related charges, both related to marijuana as well as to other substances including prescription drugs.

The array of various drug charges can be confusing, especially if one has just been charged with a crime. What differentiates a drug possession charge from accusations of drug dealing to a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia? A criminal defense attorney can answer these questions and relate the assorted penalties that go along with such charges. More importantly, a criminal defense lawyer can offer invaluable legal advice following an arrest.

Woman faces vehicular homicide charge after Spokane crash

In Washington State, winters can range from relatively mild to extremely harsh. Most of the time, though, this time of year drivers are not accustomed to numerous bicyclists sharing the roads. Spokane's climate means cyclists tend to stay off the roads during the winter months. Still, both drivers and cyclists must follow the rules of the road or else face serious consequences.

Over the New Year's holiday, a woman from Mead reportedly struck a bicyclist with her vehicle. Now, that driver is facing a criminal charge: vehicular homicide. The incident occurred around 4:00 in the morning on New Year's Day, as the driver was traveling down Highway 2 near Flint Road. A bicyclist was stopped in front of the driver's car at an intersection, but media reports indicate the driver did not see the bicycle and ran into it. Tragically, the cyclist died as a result of the crash.

Restoring Washington residents' gun rights after weapons charges

Being convicted of a crime is a difficult experience for anyone in Washington or Idaho. Moving forward with one's life can be even more difficult, as a criminal record can prohibit a person from obtaining certain types of employment and even living in certain areas. For people who have been convicted of a felony, all of the above can be extremely challenging as one tries to move on in a positive manner. A Spokane criminal defense attorney experienced in weapons charges can be of assistance.

One of the areas in which many people want to move on in their lives is restoration of gun rights. In Washington, being convicted of certain types of crimes means that a person may lose their right to legally own a firearm. This area of the law is far from simple, though, and an experienced attorney can offer legal advice and explain the statutes that dictate who can and cannot legally own a firearm in Washington State.