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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.

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.

What is a crime of moral turpitude?

Immigrants to the United States are held under certain standards of conduct. When these standards are broken, it can lead to a person being deported. A crime of moral turpitude is one standard in which the courts may measure the crime an immigrant commits.

Man charged with murder

Those who are convicted of murder can face very stiff penalties, including life in prison. If a person is facing charges involving murder, or any felony, he or she needs skilled help from a defense attorney.

Fight at Airway Heights apartment complex leaves one person dead

The Spokane area is usually a peaceful and beautiful place. But, occasionally, a person can get into a disagreement with someone else. When these disagreements become heated or misunderstandings occur, a felony may result, leading to serious consequences for the defendant.

Identity theft is a felony

When people in Spokane thing of felony crimes, they may think of violent crimes, such as murder or sexual assault. However, some felonies are not violent, but can still cause substantial financial harm. These are known as "white-collar crimes," and a common one is identity theft.