Being arrested and charged with a crime is likely one of the most overwhelming experiences a Spokane resident can face. Securing a criminal defense attorney is a proactive step that anyone facing a criminal charge can take when charged with a homicide offense.
Criminal charges can change a person's life for years, if not forever. The consequences are even greater for felony crimes such as murder. This was the alleged crime that led two Pasco individuals, a man and a woman, to be arrested recently in Spokane.
Many residents of Spokane, Washington, have little knowledge of criminal law. Most of them think that laws enacted by state and federal government are limited to crimes that threaten the safety of another individual, or for anyone associated with deception and fraud. However, anyone may face criminal charges for a variety of reasons. Should that happen, it is important for you to be aware of your rights under such circumstances.
Crimes involving physical assaults can bring great injury or death to people, which brings the most serious charges by any state, including Washington. However, other crimes, such as grand larceny and fraud, also greatly damage people and these also merit prosecution by the state with severe punishments when there are convictions.
Reports say 29-year-old shotgun-wielding man allegedly fired four shots at two other men in Washington. The alleged shooting took place in back of the Red Lion Tavern located at 2 E. Main Avenue in Spokane sometime around 6 p.m. According to witnesses, two men fled in a car as the 29-year-old man fired at the vehicle. Police soon responded to the scene.
The 18-year-old man accused of stabbing a Spokane, Washington, woman to death as she walked her dog pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. The man was only 17 when the crime occurred, but he was tried as an adult. Because the man had no earlier felony convictions on criminal charges and prosecutors said the case suffered from evidentiary issues, he was sentenced to just 10 years in prison.
A 40-year-old man from Spokane, Washington, has been taken into police custody on four felony charges related to residential burglaries. According to the report, the criminal charges resulted from an investigation conducted by two detectives, one from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office Property Crimes and the other from Spokane Police Department's Patrol Anti-Crime Team (PACT).
Washington residents who follow celebrity news may have heard that TV-star and rap artist Flavor Flav is facing felony charges. The 54-year-old entertainer was involved in a domestic violence dispute, which lead to an escalated argument with his girlfriend's son. The incident occurred in October 2012 and involved Flav, whose legal name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., stabbing a knife through the bedroom door not more than two feet away from the teen. The rapper threatened to kill the boy and used the profanities to scare him. The dispute started around 3 a.m. with the teen's mother and quickly accelerated into a heated discussion. The boy was awakened by the raised voices and reacted by pinning the rapper to the kitchen floor in a headlock. As the situation progressed, they kept pushing each other, eventually leading to physical fight.
Following a Spokane car theft that led to a fatal gunshot that killed the 25-year-old alleged thief, police are investigating second degree murder charges. No criminal charges have yet been filed in the case. The alleged shooter was the owner of the stolen SUV, a 56-year-old man who had a concealed weapons permit.Using a search warrant, investigators seized the driver's side headrest of the SUV that the bullet went through before striking the alleged thief in the back of the head. Medical examiners later determined that the bullet remained there and that the man died from the gunshot wound. No weapons were found in the vehicle during the search, but officers seized two guns from the vehicle owner, a 9mm and a .38 handgun. The officers also found shaved keys in the vehicle, the type that are typically used in car thefts.