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NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor sentenced in DUI case

Football fans in Washington and around the country will likely remember Lawrence Taylor best for the way he dominated defenses in the 1980s and redefined the middle linebacker position, but they may also be aware that the NFL Hall of Famer has had more than his fair share of off-the-field problems. A New York judge ordered six years of probation after the former New York Giant admitted to sexual misconduct and using the services of a prostitute in 2011, and Taylor was sentenced to a further year of probation on June 19 after pleading guilty to a drunk driving charge in Florida.

In addition to spending an additional year on probation, the 57-year-old former athlete was ordered to pay $1,476 in fines and court costs and have an ignition interlock device fitted to his vehicle. He will also serve 75 hours of community service and lose his driving privileges for nine months. Taylor was one of the NFL's most dominating defensive players during his 13 seasons in the league, and he won Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants in 1987 and 1991.

The Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination

Most Washington residents will have seen films or television shows in which criminal suspects assert their constitutional rights by 'taking the Fifth" when questioned by police officers or prosecutors. The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which is part of the Bill of Rights, states that people cannot be compelled to provide testimony against themselves. Criminal suspects can invoke their Fifth Amendment rights at any time, and the protections provided apply while in police custody and in the courtroom.

Like many aspects of the American criminal justice system, the origins of the right against self-incrimination can be found in English common law. The right was granted to British subjects following the English Civil War during a period of legal and parliamentary reform. While the Fifth Amendment prevents prosecutors and judges from compelling a criminal defendant to testify, it does not allow defendants to pick and choose the questions they wish to answer.

The Sixth Amendment and the right to a speedy trial

The rights of criminal defendants in Washington state and around the country are protected by the U.S. Constitution, and the Sixth Amendment guarantees defendants the right to an attorney, the right to confront witnesses who testify against them and the right to a speedy trial before an impartial jury. The speedy trial provision of the amendment guarantees that criminal cases should be resolved within a reasonable amount of time, but what is and what is not a reasonable delay has been the subject of contentious legal debate.

The U.S. Supreme Court addressed this issue in 1972. In their ruling, the justices laid out a four-step test that can be applied on a case-by-case basis to determine whether or not a defendant's right to a speedy trial has been violated. When faced with these decisions, judges must now consider the length of the delay, the reason for the delay, whether or not the defendant agreed to the delay and how prejudicial the delay was to the defendant.

People can still be charged with marijuana offenses

The legalization of marijuana for recreational and medical use in Washington is confusing to many residents. While you may think that you can't be arrested for pot-related charges, that is not the case. It is important for you to understand what you can and cannot do.

In the state, you could face charges for driving under the influence of marijuana. You may also be charged with an offense if you possess more than the legally allowed amounts of the drug. People who grow their own marijuana need to understand how many plants that they can legally have at one time.

Tiger Woods blames DUI arrest on prescription medicine

Although Tiger Woods has not competed since the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in early 2017, Seattle golf fans saw him hit the headlines again when law enforcement authorities in Florida arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence. Woods released a public statement concerning the incident. He said that a mix of prescription medications caused his apparent intoxication.

The drug reaction surprised Woods, who insisted that he had not been drinking. He expressed his willingness to take responsibility for his actions and apologized to his fans, friends and relatives. He explained that he had cooperated completely with law enforcement and praised the local agencies for their professionalism.

Accused of identity theft: What you need to know

Identity theft is a harmful crime that steals one person's identity for the benefit of another party. For example, if you take your friend's identification and credit cards, use them, and return them without your friend finding out, you committed identity theft while using the stolen documents.

In most states, it's illegal to use another person's identifying information regardless of the type. For instance, if a Social Security Number, PIN number, person's credit history or other data is stolen and used for your own personal gain, that's fraud and identity theft.

Daughter of David Hasselhoff charged with DUI

Washington residents may have heard that the daughter of David Hasselhoff was found passed out behind the wheel of her vehicle by police. Authorities say that her car had come to a complete stop at a California freeway off-ramp when witnesses called them for help at about 4 a.m. on May 13. When police made contact with the woman, they found that she was asleep with her foot on the brake pedal.

An officer managed to wake the 24-year-old up before taking control of her vehicle. After taking a sobriety test, the woman was taken to a hospital for evaluation. From there, she was taken to jail on a DUI charge. There was no information as to whether she was still in custody nor were their details about her blood alcohol content when she was taken into custody.

Legal options for those facing white collar crime charges

The penalties for white collar crime in Washington can be severe, and investigations are sometimes triggered by simple mistakes or financial assumptions that later turned out to be incorrect. If you have been accused of committing a white collar crime or feel that you could be under investigation, you may wish to consult with an attorney who has experience in this area to get a better understanding of your situation and learn more about your available options.

Cases involving white collar crimes can be complex and generally involve large amounts of financial data. If you are suspected or accused of committing one of these crimes, you may wish to seek out a criminal defense attorney who is familiar with these laws and may know what to look for when scrutinizing corporate records and bank statements. Attorneys with this kind of experience could also be better able to identify weaknesses in criminal complaints and the key evidence that will likely swing cases one way or another.

You can fight for an alternative to your child's incarceration

You received a call in the middle of the night that your son had been arrested for breaking into a local business. You were shocked to say the least. Now, you know he's facing harsh penalties for what he's done.

You have been talking to your attorney, but you still aren't sure what can be done to prevent your child from going to prison. Your son made a bad decision, but he's not a person who would normally participate in this kind of behavior. You think there are better alternatives.

Reducing fatal crashes with ignition interlock laws

Drunk driving was a factor in almost one-third of all of the motor vehicle crash fatalities in the United States in 2014. According to researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, state laws that require the use of ignition interlocks for all individuals who have been convicted of a drunk driving offense may decrease the number of deadly drunk driving crashes. Washington is one of those mandatory states.

The researchers examined the effects of interlock laws on the occurrences of the fatal crashes involving alcohol that took place from 1992 to 2013. The results showed that a 7 percent reduction in the amount of fatal motor vehicle crashes that involved one or more drivers with blood alcohol levels over the legal limit was associated with mandatory interlock laws. This corresponds to the prevention of almost, 1,250 fatal crashes in the states that have mandatory interlock laws and since the first legislation was passed in 1993.

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