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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.

Drug offenders now majority of those sentenced to federal prisons

As many Washington residents know, the United States has the highest per capita rate of people in prison in the world. According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, there were 1.6 million state and federal prisoners in 2011. The U.S. Department of Justice, however, recently reported that the number of people locked up in federal and state prison has declined after decades of steady increases. Unfortunately, the decrease came primarily from the release of inmates from several state prisons due to overcrowding.

The number of federal inmates remains high, which necessarily results in massive budget expenditures. Most individuals now in federal prison have been sent there for drug offenses. In fact, since 1998, those arrested for federal drug crimes have made up the largest group entering federal prisons. These offenders are arrested and sentenced for a wide variety of drug offenses. In 2011, the Federal Bureau of Investigation noted that the number of people arrested for marijuana possession topped arrests for all violent crimes that year.

What are the basics of domestic violence charges?

Domestic violence is a family law issue that sometimes results in criminal charges. In Washington, such violence is defined as a criminal act committed by one member of a household against another, usually by one family member against another. Domestic violence is a distinct category of crime in most states.

If a person strikes another person with enough force to cause potential injury, then that person can be charged with the crime of assault or battery or some variation of those crimes. The crime of domestic violence, however, requires that the perpetrator and the victim be related or otherwise engaged in a personal relationship. The violence frequently takes the form of physical abuse such as slapping, shoving, punching, kicking and biting, but emotional abuse can also lead to domestic violence charges. Charges of domestic violence may also stem from economic abuse, with the abuser making the victim financially dependent, as well as from stalking and sexual abuse.

What you need to know when being charged with a federal crime

For much of life, what you don't know won't hurt you. When it comes to federal criminal charges, however, what you don't know could hurt you a great deal. Federal crimes such as those involving computers, child abduction and child pornography carry more serious penalties than many state crimes. Although the consequences vary by crime, a convicted defendant is likely to suffer serious long-term consequences.

The federal government has substantial resources at its disposal to investigate criminal allegations. Investigators may gather evidence that is hard for criminal defense attorneys to effectively challenge. The best approach to an FBI investigation is to cooperate rather than risk more serious charges and tougher sentences. However, our criminal defense attorneys have the right to conduct an investigation as well. This allows us to challenge the evidence and determine if it was gathered without violating a defendant's rights.

Teenage boy arrested for 6-year-old Washington girl's death

Criminal laws implemented in every state, including Washington, are meant to protect people from harmful acts. With regard to violent crimes, law enforcement authorities are particularly concerned with the safety of children. This factor may increase the penalties if a conviction is obtained on certain criminal charges, usually without regard to a defendant's age, meaning that a minor may be charged as an adult, as might happen in one recent case.

Residents of Bremerton were recently horrified by the apparent homicide of a six-year-old girl allegedly committed by a 17-year-old boy. The girl's body was found August 7 in a wooded area near a mobile home park. She had reportedly disappeared from her home on her own the evening of August 2, but her parents did not report her disappearance immediately because she had disappeared for short periods before. The suspect was allegedly well known to the girl's parents.

Importance of immunity laws in fighting drug charges and abuse

Many illegal drugs such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines and illicitly obtained prescription drugs are addictive. Users risk both physical harm and criminal prosecution if caught manufacturing, distributing or possessing them. In Washington State, the consequences of drug possession vary, depending on the type and amount of the controlled substance in question. However, overdoses from these drugs may be presenting a bigger concern for law enforcement officials and lawmakers.

According to a report by the National Conference of State Legislatures, both the number of drug overdoses and deaths from them are increasing throughout the country, primarily because of the growing number of people who misuse or abuse prescription opioids, synthetic painkillers that mimic the effects of opium-derived drugs such as morphine and heroin. Drug overdoses are considered a major cause of preventable death, with fatalities from prescription painkillers surpassing deaths from illegal drugs. Among the reasons drug overdose deaths are high is because people fail to seek help because they are afraid of being arrested for possessing or using these drugs.

Spokane woman charged with defrauding state of $100,000

Crimes involving physical assaults can bring great injury or death to people, which brings the most serious charges by any state, including Washington. However, other crimes, such as grand larceny and fraud, also greatly damage people and these also merit prosecution by the state with severe punishments when there are convictions.

In Spokane recently, such criminal charges were filed against a 52-year-old woman for allegedly defrauding the state of $100,000 in disability benefits. Her first-degree felony theft charges stem from an investigation following her September 2010 disability claim for an alleged job injury. The woman reportedly sustained injuries to her neck, back and shoulder while working at Sunset Junction, a nightclub in Spokane. After several physicians confirmed her injuries, the accused submitted her claim and received almost $59,000 in wage-replacement payments and more than $42,000 in vocational and medical payments. She also signed forms that indicated her injuries prevented her from working.

Former Huskies' football coach arrested for domestic violence

Spokane criminal charges for anyone are serious, but when they involve well-known individuals, they can damage a person's reputation beyond repair. Of particular concern are accusations of domestic violence, which includes various forms of emotional and physical abuse of spouses or other family members.

This could be the case for Jim Lambright, former head football coach of the University of Washington Huskies. He now faces charges of fourth-degree domestic violence and assault for an incident involving family members on June 18.

State Supreme Court nixes police search and dismisses charges

Anywhere in the country, including Washington, law enforcement officers have the authority to stop motorists and anyone else using public roadways. Police authority, however, is not unlimited and cannot violate an individual's civil rights without due process. An officer can stop and search a person but only when there is probable cause for such a search.

That limitation recently played itself out when the Washington Supreme Court ruled that a September 2011 search by police was unconstitutional and thus a drug conviction was not valid. According to court documents, a Centralia police officer pulled a cyclist over for a minor traffic violation. The man was frisked, which the court ruled was allowable. The officer found a small box in one pocket of the man's pants and opened it. The officer allegedly found a syringe containing methamphetamine. The man was arrested and charged with drug possession.

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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