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January 2018 Archives

Felonies: Three strikes and you're out

Sometimes a person in Washington is convicted of a felony more than once. However, such convictions can majorly impact a person's life. The federal Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 instituted what is known as the "Three Strikes" rule. Under this rule, if a person has a federal conviction relating to a serious violent felony and has two or more prior federal or state convictions in which one or more is a serious violent felony, then he or she must be sentenced to life in prison.

Are gun rights absolute under federal law?

Gun ownership is very important for many people in Washington. Many people use a firearm for recreational purposes, such as hunting. Others may own a weapon for personal protection, with the hope that they never need use it. However, Washington residents should be aware that certain categories of people are banned per law from possessing a firearm if certain elements are met.

Spokane man charged after allegedly trying to collect money owed

It is not unusual for a person in Spokane to loan money to another person or to sell something to someone, who promises to pay them for the item at a later date. However, this situation can become problematic if the money isn't paid back. Sometimes, those who are simply trying to collect what is owed to them are accused of breaking the law while doing so.