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Understanding involuntary manslaughter charges in Washington

Involuntary manslaughter is a charge made when a person was killed by another, not through intention, but through recklessness, disregard for safety or negligence. Since intent was not involved, it has lesser penalties than any type of murder or voluntary manslaughter; however, it is still an extremely serious crime.

The crime is usually concluded as a felony both within the state and in compliance with federal law. When a crime is treated as a felony, it generally means that it carries a sentence of a minimum of 12 months imprisonment, but depending on the severity, it can be much longer, and has the potential to include fines and probation.

Understanding cocaine laws in Washington

In every state in the United States, cocaine is illegal, both to possess and to traffic or sell. However, the consequences for such crimes do vary quite drastically from state to state. Therefore, it is vital that you understand the cocaine laws for the particular state that you are in.

In Washington, the consequences for cocaine possession, intent to sell and trafficking is considered "the middle of the road" in comparison to other states. It is not particularly severe, but not particularly lenient, either.

What are a person’s rights when going to trial?

If you need to go to trial as a defendant, then it is likely that you feel stressed and worried that you will not be treated fairly. It is important to remember, therefore, the rights that you have as a defendant or as any person under trial.

As a defendant, you always have constitutional rights. This means that under the Eighth Amendment, you have the right to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment. This can include violence, torture and psychological abuse. In addition to your human rights, the following are some key rights that are important to note.

Dealing with wrongful allegations

It is common for a former partner to make wrongful child abuse accusations against their ex, especially in child custody battles. Although it is illegal to make wrongful claims, it can be dangerous because it can be difficult for the courts to determine what is true. If you have been the victim of wrongful accusations, then you should take such charges very seriously and make sure to take action immediately.

Each accusation will be thoroughly investigated

9 reasons your right to a handgun may be restricted

The right to bear arms comes up often in American politics, but it's important to note that this is not a universal right for all citizens. It can be taken away, and possessing a firearm afterward could lead to serious legal charges.

Some restrictions are laid out in the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. You may be barred from owning a gun if:

  • You are currently a fugitive from the law.
  • You were arrested and convicted of a crime that led to over a year in jail.
  • You illegally use, or have gotten addicted to, any controlled substances.
  • You have mental defects as ruled by a court, or you were put in a mental institution.
  • You were in the U.S. Armed Forces, in any branch, and you were dishonorably discharged.
  • It's illegal for you to be in the United States and you technically qualify as an illegal immigrant.
  • You were a U.S. citizen, but you decided to renounce it intentionally.
  • You were charged with domestic violence and then convicted of at least a misdemeanor.
  • There is a court order against you regarding a spouse, child or 'intimate partner.'

When is sexting an offense?

In today's digital world, everything is documented. Therefore nothing goes unnoticed and this includes sexual communication. There have been many instances of people being convicted of having sexual communication with minors, and this is a very serious offense. Law enforcement officers can equate text messages and link them with real life events in order to find out the behaviors of those in suspicion.

What are the consequences of sexual communication with minors?

When are crimes charged as felonies?

When a person is charged with a crime, there are several different categories that the crime could fall into. These categories show the severity of the crime.

The main two categories are known as misdemeanors and felonies. Felonies are the most severe of these two categories. misdemeanors carry a punishment of 12-month in prison at the maximum, whereas felonies usually involve more than 12 months in prison as a punishment.

DNA and criminal defense

When people think of DNA and crimes, they usually think about the ways in which it can be used to convict criminals. However, in recent years, it has been used to actually do the opposite: to prove the innocence of previously charged people. Proving the innocence of people that have been charged for crimes is known as exoneration.

Why would people be charged for a crime they did not commit?

Is possessing drug paraphernalia legal?

When a person or group is convicted of selling drugs, expressing an intent to sell drugs or manufacturing drugs, they do not have to be caught in the act. Usually, finding materials and equipment known as drug paraphernalia is enough evidence to prove guilt.

If a person is charged with activities relating to manufacturing or selling drugs, the consequences can be extremely serious, with very high fines and long prison sentences.

What are the laws in regard to juvenile curfews?

If a person is under the age of 18, there are certain rules that apply in regard to the age that they can be in a public building or establishment. These laws are designed to protect minors and are always in the interest of the children.

The laws usually are concerned with the time that the minor can be present in a public building or company. These times are often between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

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