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August 2014 Archives

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.

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.

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.

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.