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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.

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.

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.

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.