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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.

Spokane man accused of using large knife in burglary and rape

Violent crimes in which deadly weapons are used seriously threaten community security whether in Washington or Delaware. This is why local governments and law enforcement authorities do their best to curb weapons crimes in order to keep residents safe. For this reason, criminal charges involving weapons are felonies and carry far more serious consequences for anyone convicted of them.

A 29-year-old Spokane man may well find this out for himself following his recent arrest on charges of burglary and felony first-degree rape of a woman who happened to be his girlfriend's neighbor. According to Spokane police, the alleged incident occurred one night when a woman was raped at knife point by the suspect. It is claimed that he had entered her home without permission around 10:15 p.m. and raped her. When she called police, they noticed that her throat had been cut. A wallet found at the scene apparently fell out of the suspect's pocket when the victim resisted. When police noticed the suspect standing nearby as police investigated the crime scene, they approached and he allegedly ran. He was apprehended shortly after. The identity of the victim has been withheld.

Spokane man arrested on sex charges released without bail

Just the simple allegation of criminal conduct can change someone's life. In Washington, like elsewhere in the country, the impact can be compounded if the allegations involve children or minors. Crimes such as child sexual abuse, sex trafficking and sexual assault can result in substantial prison time and other harsh consequences for anyone convicted of them.

Harsh consequences may be what a 53-year-old Spokane man may be facing after police accused him of the sexual solicitation of a 15-year-old girl who turned out to be an undercover Seattle detective. According to police, last August the man posted an online advertisement stating his age and requesting sex with a "young skinny girl." The undercover detective allegedly responded to the ad posing as a juvenile female and began a correspondence that included graphic sexual descriptions. After several months of contact, the Spokane man was arrested and charged with communication with a minor for immoral purposes and commercial sexual abuse involving a minor.

Authorities arrest six people for distributing methamphetamine

Washington is one of many states that implements strict laws to prevent the use and distribution of drugs and other prohibited substances. In Spokane, Washington, residents should note that even a small quantity of a drug can land them in jail. Often, law enforcement officers conduct traffic stops for minor violations, perhaps in an effort to catch drivers who might be driving under the influence of drugs. Authorities also pursue drivers who are showing signs of intoxication. A subsequent search of an individual's vehicle may lead to him or her being charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the type of drug and quantity allegedly involved.

Spokane man jailed for alleged domestic violence

Most disputes between couples - married or unmarried - rarely become violent, but when they do, one or both parties can face criminal charges depending on the nature of the incident and the extent of the violence and any injuries. Unfortunately, Washington state, like other states, has enough incidents of domestic violence that law enforcement officers and prosecutors take them seriously and will not hesitate to arrest those they believe present a real danger.

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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