When Spokane residents hear the term "federal charges," they may envision a white-collar crime scenario or a multi-state drug trafficking operation. However, federal charges actually encompass a broad array of crimes. Fortunately, an experienced Washington criminal defense attorney can serve as a comprehensive resource for those accused of a federal crime.
Finding oneself on the receiving end of a criminal charge is almost always intimidating, especially if the charges are federal in nature. Recently, two Spokane professionals have found themselves facing federal charges. While there are various ways in which a person may have to make a criminal defense in federal court, these two local cases involve accusations of exploiting children.
A criminal charge can ruin a person's life anywhere in the United States, including Washington. And if the charge is linked to a federal crime, Washington residents should be more wary of the potential consequences of the allegation. For one, federal criminal charges are more serious than felonies and misdemeanors. A federal criminal accusation can result in a lengthy prison sentence, hefty fines, probation and other penalties. The amount of evidence used in a federal court is mounting and criminal investigations usually take months.
Federal criminal charges are among the most serious that Americans, including Washington residents, can face. Federal criminal charges often carry stiffer penalties than their state charge counterparts. A broad range of crimes fall under the federal criminal statutes, including charges of nonviolent and violent crimes, but all are tried in federal courts.
U.S. and Washington legislators enact many criminal statutes to protect people from harm. In the case of children, some of those harms are sexual in nature. In Washington, as with every other state, laws are enforced to keep children safe from crimes, such as assault, trafficking and online child pornography. Unfortunately, many more children are now victimized by such criminal activities because of our new digital age.
For much of life, what you don't know won't hurt you. When it comes to federal criminal charges, however, what you don't know could hurt you a great deal. Federal crimes such as those involving computers, child abduction and child pornography carry more serious penalties than many state crimes. Although the consequences vary by crime, a convicted defendant is likely to suffer serious long-term consequences.
Prosecutors are still undecided about whether to charge a man with murder following a fatal shooting that happened in Federal Way. According to a spokesman for the King County Prosecutor's Office, a charge for unlawful gun possession against the shooter was dropped before the case was moved to federal court. When the incident occurred, the man was reportedly carrying a loaded firearm despite having at least one felony conviction on his record.
In September, a man from Spokane who allegedly identifies himself as the "Angel of Death" was taken into custody and charged with a single count of stalking. According to reports, federal agents went to the man's home to question him regarding a neighbor's complaint. That neighbor, a woman who is also a tribal police officer, reached out to authorities after she noticed alleged suspicious activity, which included what was described as a threatening letter and several comments regarding the details of her daily schedule.