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.
Spokane Police officers are very strict when following Washington State law to maintain peace and order. When someone is arrested on criminal charges, it means that they have broken the law and police have substantial evidence to press charges against them. Once arrested, the criminal charges against the accused can vary. They can range from simple misdemeanors to more serious charges, including felonies. Depending on the gravity of the offense, a suspect can likely face prison sentence and other serious consequences.
A Washington Metro Transit bus driver was involved in an altercation with a passenger that ultimately resulted in his termination on Dec. 4. After the passenger allegedly spat on him, the driver explained to police that he simply "lost it."
Some people seem to be under the impression that the new marijuana laws in the state of Washington mean that pot-related drug charges no longer exist. This is not true, especially when it comes to driving under the influence of marijuana, which is still very illegal.