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How an attorney can help after an arrest on drug offenses

In today's job market, it often seems stable employment is tough to find. Many fields have been hit hard by the economy and fewer open positions are available. For job-seekers in Spokane, it's more important than ever to ensure one has the right background for the job.

However, if one has been charged with a drug crime in the past, certain jobs may be out of reach. This is because many employers will reject an applicant based on his or her criminal record, even if it only contains non-violent drug offenses. How can Spokane residents avoid this situation? If one has recently been arrested for a drug crime, it can be extremely helpful to contact an attorney.

How do courts decide a no-contact order should be modified?

Decision-making is not always a swift and easy process. However, many times important decisions need to be made on the spur of the moment. Sometimes, these decisions may later be reviewed and changed. When it comes to interpersonal relationships, this can be especially true. When family or intimate relationships in Spokane become exceptionally strained they may reaching a breaking point and charges of spousal abuse can result. The decisions made during this time can have very serious repercussions for all parties involved.

Sometimes a party will seek a no-contact order against the person after conflict has peaked. However, once a protective order or similar protection is in place, it is not unusual for the person who initially sought the order to desire to change it or even have it terminated. In Washington State, these orders can be modified or even rescinded.

Forging a criminal defense for malicious harassment charges

The current political climate in Washington and across the entire U.S. is such that there are intense feelings and acts that may inevitably lead to criminal charges. For example, a person could be accused of a hate crime. In Washington, this is called malicious harassment. Being convicted of a crime related to malicious harassment can lead to significant penalties. Under the law, it is malicious harassment when a person is the victim of certain acts due to a perception of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, ancestry or handicaps. Understanding the criteria for these allegations and what the penalties are is an integral part of formulating a strong defense.

If a person who falls into the above categories is injured, has physical destruction to his or her property committed by another person or group or is threatened as part of a group, and that person is left in reasonable fear for his or her safety, it will be constitute the crime of malicious harassment. Words by themselves are not sufficient to be deemed malicious harassment unless they are in a context or circumstance that indicate that they are threatening. If the person uttering the words is not able to carry out the threat, then it is not malicious harassment.

Pair of Spokane women charged with serious drug felonies

During the recent election, the legalization of marijuana was a hot topic in many states. Here in Washington, certain types of recreational and medicinal uses of marijuana have already been legalized, though other substances are still highly illegal to use or sell. In any event, much attention has been paid to the severe penalties associated with drug crimes throughout the United States. Even here in Washington, there are still extremely serious consequences if charged with a drug crime and convicted.

Earlier this month, two middle-aged women were charged with serious drug offenses after being stopped by police in Libby. A 61-year-old and a 43-year-old were stopped on a felony warrant out of Idaho for the driver of a pickup truck. When authorities looked into the driver's information they discovered that she had a warrant for failure to appear; the charge in question was related to methamphetamine. Later, the passenger in the car revealed the driver was in town to sell meth, according to a media report.

Planning a criminal defense strategy against weapons charges

Being convicted of a crime that involves the use of a firearm is a serious offense. However, it is not unthinkable that a law enforcement officer would mistakenly believe a weapon was used in a crime when it wasn't. If this type of situation happens, a defendant who is convicted could face far more severe penalties that they would if they had faced a simple assault charge.

What can a defendant do in this type of situation? Getting more information about planning a criminal defense strategy right away could make a positive difference when facing any type of criminal charges, especially weapons charges. Understandably, prosecutors take weapons charges very seriously. However, mistakes can be made during an investigation, or authorities may act beyond their roles or even the law. A defendant can benefit from not assuming anything about their own case.

Homicide charges after local toddler's September death

Intimate relationships can often be tumultuous, and at times accusations of violence may erupt between those in such relationships. Recently in Spokane, local news reports focused on a 32-year-old man who has been accused of homicide in the death of a 2-year-old girl, the daughter of his girlfriend. When defendants are facing such serious charges as second degree murder, as in this case, they are often in need of a strong criminal defense.

The incident reportedly happened in September when the child's mother had apparently been out late the night before. The reports indicate that she arrived home around 3 o'clock in the morning, and did not notice that the child was deceased when she checked on her around 11 a.m. It was apparently another child in the home, a 4-year-old, who checked on the child and brought the issue to the attention of adults in the home.

Can a person end up in federal court over marijuana?

Perhaps one of the most frequently asked questions about marijuana use in Washington - and in other states that have legalized recreational use of marijuana - concerns the impact of federal law on users. The use of marijuana is generally against federal law, even though Washington and a few other states have taken steps to legalize marijuana use. Is the federal government still cracking-down on those who use marijuana in states like ours? Are the feds even putting people in prison over federal anti-marijuana laws?

Certainly, facing federal drug charges is a frightening prospect for those who may use marijuana in Washington. Those who end up in federal court on charges related to marijuana typically face very serious charges such as drug trafficking rather than simple drug possession. In fact, over 99 percent of federal prisoners incarcerated on drug crimes were in prison for drug trafficking.

Alleged sale of methamphetamine leads to drug charges

Although the debate over the legality of certain drugs is an ongoing issue in Washington and across the country, there are other drugs that are taken very seriously when people are found to be taking part in their sale and use. Drugs like heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine are three that immediately come to mind. Those who are accused of selling or possessing these substances need to be aware that they can face serious consequences if they are placed under arrest on drug charges. After an arrest on drug offenses, it is imperative to have a strong legal defense planned.

Three men were placed under arrest after it was alleged that they sold methamphetamine to undercover law enforcement officers. The men were charged with conspiracy for drug distribution. The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Agency and it started in January after one of the men was alleged to have been a drug trafficker in the area. One of the three men is said to have sold large amounts of methamphetamine and marijuana to the officers twice in 2016. One of the deals was said to have been worth nearly $38,000.

Bond set at $1 million for Spokane Valley defendant

Last week, this blog discussed the topic of false allegations of domestic violence. At times, serious allegations may arise over incidents occurring between spouses or romantic partners. These accusations may be false or the defendant may need to share his or her side of the story regarding the incident.

Crimes related to domestic violence can range from assault charges to homicide and other crimes such as threatening and stalking. In some instances, these incidents are due to familial conflict that has gotten out of hand, and one or both parties behave vindictively toward one another. In the worst of situations, an accusation of a damaging act of violence will require an extremely thorough criminal defense.

Confronting false allegations of domestic violence

You've just been accused of a violent crime that you did not commit. Even worse, the accusation comes from a loved one. What can a person do in this situation? These types of extreme family or relationship disputes are not easy to resolve. However, there are legal solutions available to those who have been falsely accused of domestic violence in Washington or Idaho.

One of the most proactive ways to deal with charges of domestic violence is to obtain an experienced attorney's help immediately. Time is of the essence in all legal matters but especially when someone has been accused of causing harm to another. Consulting with a domestic violence defense attorney is usually a wiser options that consulting with others such as well-meaning friends or family members who are not attorneys and are not qualified to offer legal advice or strategies for an effective defense.