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Larceny and its status as a potential federal crime

When it comes to many offenses committed in Washington State, a person may be charged with a crime at either the state or federal level. For example, in some circumstances, larceny may be charged at the federal level. A person facing federal charges is often wise to seek out a criminal defense attorney experienced in defending against federal crimes.

Larceny is typically defined as a type of theft -- usually, state and federal statutes define larceny as the taking of another person's property, but without the use of force. If the use of force is involved, or if authorities believe force was involved, a person might find themselves facing different charges, such as armed robbery or various weapons charges. Frequently, the theft of a vehicle falls under the definition of larceny. Unlike robbery, this type of theft often does not involve the use of force.

What are a defendant's rights during a criminal trial?

In many instances, a person in Washington charged with a crime does not go to trial. He or she may reach a favorable plea negotiation, usually with the help of a criminal defense attorney, or the charges can be dropped. For some types of criminal charges, often drug charges, a diversion program may be available that results in an outcome beneficial to the individual and avoids a criminal conviction.

However, in some cases a criminal trial is a necessary part of the criminal justice process. Still, as with many aspects of the criminal justice system, a person's rights can be diminished, overlooked or even trampled-upon as they feel powerless against the state. It is important to remember that Washington State residents charged with a crime do have key rights after an arrest and leading up to -- and during -- a criminal trial.

Fundraiser for prominent politician facing drug charges

Criminal charges have the potential to seriously damage a person's reputation. From the moment a person is charged with a drug crime, the wheels of the justice system begin turning and often not in the defendant's favor. When facing drug charges, it can be very constructive to obtain professional help from a Spokane drug crimes attorney.

Even if a person has a great job and a solid professional reputation, drug charges can change everything. A recent news story from another state demonstrates the severe ramifications of being labeled a drug user. Residents of Washington are likely familiar with Arizona Senator John McCain, who ran for President of the United States several years ago. One of his many fundraisers made national headlines recently when she was arrested for a variety of drug charges.

Confronting federal allegations with the full story

Those who are accused of certain crimes may assume they have little in the way of effective defenses against a conviction. After all, computers contain tons of data and law enforcement often has multiple agents working on gathering data and prosecuting offenders. Many computer crimes involve the pressing of federal charges. When this happens, a defendant may want to seek professional advice immediately.

Contrary to popular belief, there are a variety of defenses that can be used against federal charges in the area of computer crimes. As with other types of searches and seizures, police at all levels must follow specific procedures in order to protect the suspect's constitutional rights. If these rights are violated, a skilled defense attorney can scrutinize the legal situation and bring misconduct or unlawful police behavior to the attention of the judge. This could result in dismissed charges or a plea agreement that entails far fewer penalties than a conviction otherwise would.

After hearing gunshots, Spokane police file assault charges

Many Spokane residents have probably driven past local police conducting traffic stops by the side of the road. Most of the time the officer's attention is on the person he or she has pulled over; however, officers are also generally trained to be alert to potential crimes at all times, even while dealing with other matters. Recently in the local area, an officer in the midst of a traffic stop received word of shots fired, and a Spokane woman was charged with assault as a result.

The incident happened on a Monday night earlier this month when an officer was conducting a stop near Sanson and Nevada in the early hours of the morning. After officers reportedly heard gunshots, a man came running up to the Spokane police and claimed a woman had shot at him with a firearm. The man was uninjured and officers proceeded to surround the home of the 35-year-old woman. She later emerged from the residence and officers took her into custody. Local authorities have charged her with First Degree Assault with a Firearm.

Eyewitness misidentification can lead to legal trouble

In order for prosecutors to obtain a conviction, they must prove that a defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of committing the alleged criminal offense. There are many tactics a prosecutor can utilize in an attempt to acquire a conviction. They might rely on physical evidence, such as a video recording, a weapon allegedly used in the crime or DNA test results. Though these are powerful elements, there is another that is frequently used and relied upon for convictions: eyewitness accounts.

Spokane County woman arrested after daughter's overdose

When a drug overdose occurs, the results can either be extremely damaging or downright tragic. An overdose can cause serious injury or even death. In addition to these more obvious tragedies associated with a drug overdose, sometimes people can be charged with a drug crime.

Washington State has a reputation for being relatively permissive when it comes to drug use, likely due to the state's legalization of certain forms of marijuana. In reality, Washington has an array of drug laws that can negatively affect a person's life in many ways. From hefty fines to jail time and other penalties, the consequences of being convicted on drug offenses in Washington can be steep. A skilled drug charges attorney can help if a Spokane resident suddenly finds themselves charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, drug manufacturing and more.

What are the maximum penalties for felonies and misdemeanors?

The process of being charged with a crime is often very confusing for people. Often, the actual criminal charges themselves can be difficult to understand, especially if this is someone's first experience with the criminal justice system. In Washington State, there are various penalties for different types of criminal offenses; in order to help oneself avoid the most severe or maximum penalties, a criminal defense attorney can be relied-upon.

For most misdemeanors in Washington, the longest county jail sentence is 90 days, whereas the maximum fine is usually one thousand dollars. It is possible to have to serve both jail time and pay a fine, but the length of the term and the amount of the fine can vary. For gross misdemeanor convictions, a person may serve a maximum of 364 days - just less than a year - in the county jail. The maximum fine for this type of conviction is five thousand dollars.

Warding off the worst consequences of federal drug charges

The federal government is known for being tough on drug crimes. While various states, including Washington, have legalized marijuana to some degree, the federal government has not and, as a result, a resident of Washington or Idaho could face federal drug charges regarding marijuana or any number of other substances. When faced with these charges, what can a person do to help themselves?

Spokane drug charges lawyer David Partovi offers legal advice and assertive representation to those up against federal charges. The experienced team at Partovi Law, P.S. can assess one's situation in order to determine the best possible strategy for the best possible outcome. This may involve challenging evidence, statements, testimony or the conduct of the police. Federal drug crimes may involve undercover operations and these may need to be thoroughly scrutinized in order to determine their legitimacy before the law.

Washington man faces weapons charges in federal court

Various groups of Islamic extremists have regularly featured in the news ever since the 9/11 terror attacks. Occasionally, U.S. citizens, including Americans in Washington, are accused of committing a crime with such groups, sometimes facing accusations of conspiracy, weapons charges or various other allegations. Since even the accusation of being involved with a hate group or terror organization is taken exceptionally seriously, the accused is likely to benefit from a vigorous defense.

Recently, a man from Montesano, Washington appeared in federal court in Tacoma and denied the weapons-related allegations against him. The man entered a plea of not guilty to weapons charges; the 33-year-old is accused of illegal weapons possession - he had been banned from firearms ownership due to a previous protective order issued against him.