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Washington man charged with killing police dog

Many residents of Spokane, and likely countless people all over Washington, have dogs as family pets. Dogs are often a part of everyday life for many local people, but, at times, dogs can pose a threat to the safety and well-being of humans and other animals. Recently in Washington, a man who has already faced the criminal charge of harming a police dog has seen additional charges come his way.

The man is likely now in need of a strong criminal defense because of an incident that occurred on September 1. An officer in Vancouver, Washington, answered a call about a suspicious person with his police dog, a Belgian Malinois, in tow. According to officials, a 25-year-old man, who had a warrant out for his arrest, was at the scene but fled from police. When the police found the man, the police dog bit the man in the leg. Officials say the man then fatally stabbed the animal.

Following this alleged series of events, the man was charged with harming the police dog and criminal impersonation. After a recent court appearance, however, the man is now facing more charges. These include resisting arrest, as well as malicious mischief. In Washington, these types of charges can carry extremely undesirable penalties - as a result, many defendants may be better off if they utilize an experienced criminal defense attorney.

A skilled attorney can see if dismissed charges are a possibility, especially when a defendant is facing several different allegations. A defense lawyer can also provide guidance as to a favorable plea negotiation, or the legal professional can thoroughly tell the defendant's side of the story at trial if need be. In many cases, including those involving the use of police dogs, an attorney can also review the officers' conduct to see if proper protocol was followed throughout the incident and arrest.

Source: KHQ, "Man accused of stabbing police dog faces added charges," Sept. 16, 2015

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