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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.

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?

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