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November 2015 Archives

Assault charges and weapons in Washington State


Certain criminal offenses, such as assault, carry strict penalties on their own if defendants are convicted. However, when authorities suspect that the defendant has used a weapon in the situation, the penalties can become much worse. In Washington State, using a firearm in certain situations may lead to a charge of first-degree assault.

Can a person face federal charges for a hate crime?


Most residents of Washington and Idaho are probably at least somewhat aware of what a hate crime is. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a hate crime typically involves two elements: a crime as well as bias. Hate crimes can damage property, such as is the case with vandalism, or they can cause harm to people; hate crimes include murder, arson and the like. In particular, Congress has defined hate crimes as offenses against people or property which are motivated primarily by the offender's bias against a certain race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability.

New Washington law criminalizes trafficking in animal parts


Many people in eastern Washington and Idaho have probably heard of crimes involving drug trafficking. However, there are also many criminal charges faced by local residents that can involve trafficking in other things, from stolen goods to human beings. Animal trafficking is an issue that few Spokane residents have likely heard about, although some people may find themselves having to enact a criminal defense since lawmakers passed a new proposed bill on the subject.

Factors influencing sentencing in domestic violence cases


When one is facing criminal charges, it's tough to know what to expect both in and out of the courtroom. In situations involving domestic violence, a defendant's entire life can be turned upside down following accusations of bodily injury. A Spokane criminal defense attorney can help a defendant know what to expect at every stage of the criminal justice process.