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What to expect during a drunk driving checkpoint

Drunk driving checkpoints, or DUI checkpoints, are set up by law enforcement officials all across Washington in an effort to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roads. These checkpoints help to prevent crashes that can cause serious injuries or death. If you ever approach a DUI checkpoint, it's best to enter it and comply with the requests of the officer. Here's what you can expect during such a checkpoint in Spokane.

One of the first things you will need to do is provide the officer with some information. This information includes your auto insurance, driver's license and the vehicle's registration. All of these documents should be valid or else you could be issued tickets and hefty fines if they are not. The officer will use these documents to find any warrants in your name.

Seattle prosecutor tries new approach to juvenile justice

Criminal justice is a tough subject in many cities in the United States. Many different viewpoints paint a different picture for how to use the law to keep society fair across ages, genders, races and other aspects of individuals.

Juvenile courts, who work on nonadult offenders in Washington who have generally committed serious crimes, often have a double function. Courts aim to punish offenders properly while also attempting to save young criminals from a life of recidivism and a lower place in society.

Is drug court the best option for Washington state offenders?

Many criminal charges in the state of Washington are related to illegal drug use. Narcotics such as cocaine and heroin, as well as prescription drugs and improvised recreational substances like methamphetamine, are a scourge of individual harmony and community fabric.

Drug violations do not necessarily mean the end of life or a career as we know it. The Evergreen State offers options that reduce drugs' drag on the criminal justice system and increase the chances of rehabilitating the offenders. A lawyer may be able to determine if "drug court" is the right choice.

The serious consequences of a DUI charge

When driving, the last thing you want to see is police lights in your rearview mirror. If this happens, it goes without saying that you need to pull to the side of the road in an attempt to better understand what's going on.

Unfortunately, depending on the circumstances, you could find yourself in trouble with the law. For example, if you have been drinking and driving, the officer may want to check your blood alcohol content (BAC) level to see if it's above the legal limit of .08.

Taking action after identity theft

Identity fraud and identity theft are rapidly becoming two of the most common types of fraud. Over the years, they have become increasingly prevalent because of the increased reliance we have on digital banking and digital payments.

It is difficult to fully protect yourself from identity theft; however, your bank should have certain protections in place to make sure that you recoup the finances that you lost due to the crime.

Driving under the influence of drugs

The consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol is very well-documented. It usually results in a suspension of a driver's license for one year if a driver is found to have a .08 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or greater.

However, the rules when it comes to driving under the influence of illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine or heroin are less frequent discussed. Of course, the act of using such a drug is illegal in the first instance, so driving in addition can result in more serious consequences.

Shoplifting charges in the State of Washington

When a person is accused of shoplifting, it means that he or she is being accused of taking commercial property without permission, and without the intent to return it. Many commercial stores and malls are equipped with video cameras that enable successful charges to be made. However, in other situations, a "he said, she said" scenario can occur, and it can be difficult to establish the turn of events.

It is important to make a distinction between shoplifting and other types of theft. Shoplifting is usually seen as a less serious type of crime than burglary, for example. A theft can only be considered as shoplifting if it involves taking commercial property.

Alternative sentencing for Washington drug offenders

There has been a great deal of progress in the United States when it comes to more ethical drug offender sentencing. The state of Washington is one of the most progressive when it comes to this, and their Residential Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative is seen as something that other states should try and imitate.

The program means that a person who has received a felony in relation to substance abuse problems may be able to avoid imprisonment if he or she is able to successfully complete a rehabilitation program. The program has shown that it is possible to reduce drug offenses by tackling the root cause: addiction.

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.

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