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What does federal law consider child pornography to be?

U.S. and Washington legislators enact many criminal statutes to protect people from harm. In the case of children, some of those harms are sexual in nature. In Washington, as with every other state, laws are enforced to keep children safe from crimes, such as assault, trafficking and online child pornography. Unfortunately, many more children are now victimized by such criminal activities because of our new digital age.

Online child pornography not only victimizes and endangers the children depicted in pornographic sexual activities, but also puts other children at risk of being similarly victimized by predators, who are often inspired to look for vulnerable children who can also be exploited. Child pornography thus can have devastating emotional, social and physical effects on children. For this reason, anyone facing child pornography charges is likely to face severe consequences, if convicted in either state or federal court.

What are the potential penalties of gun-related crimes?

A gun is the most popular personal weapon these days. While some Spokane, Washington, gun advocates believe that a gun is good protection in case of danger, local authorities have seen the negative contribution of firearms to violent crimes that threaten the safety of the community, including those in eastern Washington State and northern Idaho. As a result, the federal government implemented gun laws that provide for mandatory penalties for those who are convicted of gun-related crimes.

For example, if an alleged robber uses a gun to threaten victims during the crime, he or she would be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence, if found guilty. The potential consequences under federal law may be more severe if someone sustains bodily injury during the incident. Accordingly, possessing a gun, discharging a gun during a violent crime or drug trafficking and brandishing a gun in public also are covered under the federal mandatory minimum sentences for gun possession. Under the law, possession of weapons may result in a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for first-time offenders and 25 years for a second conviction and each additional conviction. The mandatory minimum varies, based on the kind of gun used during a crime, such as a short-barreled shotgun, machine gun, destructive device and a short-barreled rifle.

Ex-police chief arrested for drug charges in Washington

Local enforcement officers are very strict when handling drug crimes because they know how important a clean arrest is and the potential consequences of drug charges. These charges, such as drug distribution, drug trafficking and drug possession, can result in fines and jail time. However, in a recent alleged drug crime in Pierce County, a former police chief was accused of selling illegal drugs himself.

The ex-police chief of Montesano, Washington, was arrested for a second time this year. He appeared in court for charges stemming from the first incident where, according to a report, he allegedly stole more than $1,500 in liquor from a grocery store in January. After that court appearance, the Washington man pleaded not guilty to his new drug charges.

We can help you understand your WA criminal defense rights

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.

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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