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Suspected weapons crimes and drug offenses often tie together

Most residents of eastern Washington and Idaho probably couldn't name all of the items in their house. If police were to suddenly enter the home of a local living in Spokane, for instance, there's no telling what might be found that could inadvertently implicate someone in some sort of offense. Possession of a weapon, for instance, when one has previously been convicted of a felony crime can mean serious trouble for the person who owns the gun.

Still, when police search a person's home, there are many different procedures, rules and laws that must be followed in order for their investigation to prove sound in a court of law. If authorities do not follow every step according to proper procedure the prosecution's case can become very shaky. Still, certain crimes, such as drug selling or possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony, are not taken lightly by local officials and they will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.

In Northern Idaho recently, a judge ruled on whether or not police acted appropriately when the authorities seized a safe from an Idaho resident's home. According to a prosecutor involved in the case, police had apparently obtained a search warrant before entering the home, after which a drug dog alerted to a safe. Inside the object, police reportedly discovered a firearm as well as methamphetamine. This discovery has led to criminal charges for a 36-year-old resident of Lewiston, Idaho; the man will appear in a district court later this month to faces charges of possession of a firearm by a felon and drug possession.

The last thing any homeowner wants is to be accused of committing a crime. Still, that's exactly what can happen if authorities enter one's home, either legitimately or illegally. From felony gun charges to accusations of drug possession and beyond, the range of charges that can arise when police come onto a person's property are nearly endless. A skilled criminal defense attorney can help a person fight back against police intrusion or misconduct, while also explaining what needs to be done if incriminating evidence is found.

Source: KHQ, "Seized safe from home leads to drug, weapons charges," July 14, 2016

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