In Washington, every criminal charge carries its own unique set of penalties, which can include incarceration, fines and other forms of punishment.
A 50-year-old woman, who is a convicted felon, was recently arrested in Spokane for allegedly using fake checks to buy cars from advertisers on Craigslist.
According to the Spokane Police Department, the suspect's buying spree began May 1 and lasted a week. The police first learned of the apparent scams when one of the victims filed a complaint detailing how the transaction was processed. The victim was able to provide a good description of the buyer, who apparently has a distinctive tattoo on her neck.
The victim said the suspect bought a 1976 Chevy pickup using a fake cashier's check on May 4. Police believe the suspect bought an Audi Roadster on May 1 and then also bought two more cars - a 1994 BMW and 2003 Dodge Ram - with fake checks May 6 and 7.
Police tracked the suspect and found her in a downtown neighborhood along with the two stolen pickups. The suspect was arrested and charged with theft and forgery.
The suspect is facing a number of criminal charges that she must address carefully. For the best chance of seeing charges reduced or even dropped, she should consult an experienced criminal defense attorney. First, they will need to determine whether she is facing misdemeanor or felony charges. Second, they will have to determine the possible sentence for each charge.
The outcome of a criminal case often depends on how it is handled by an attorney. Although anyone accused of a criminal offense can represent him or herself in court to save legal costs, the chances of success are minimal at best. Only a legal professional who has experience with the judicial system can actually work a case in a defendant's favor.
Source: The Spokesman-Review, "Woman arrested for using fake checks to buy cars," Nina Culver, May 14, 2014