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August 2016 Archives

Being charged as an accomplice in Washington

Washington residents who help others to commit crimes may be charged as accomplices, and the penalties they face will be generally be based on their level of involvement. Individuals may sometimes be considered complicit for simply not doing enough to prevent a crime from being committed. One of the most important considerations when assessing the culpability of accomplices is whether or not the assistance they provided was offered knowingly and voluntarily.

Man charged with DUI after parking lot mix-up

A 49-year-old Washington man was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI on Aug. 12 after allegedly mistaking a Washington State Patrol facility for a utility office. Troopers say that they became suspicious when they approached the man's car and detected the odor of marijuana. The man is facing impaired driving charges even though troopers accept that they never actually saw him driving. In Washington, individuals who have physical control of a vehicle can face DUI charges.

Drug laws are changing, but problems persist

With the recent commutations of sentences by President Obama -- a total of 42 as of June 3rd and 348 throughout his Presidency -- the commitment to drug reform isn't being ignored. The commutations were issued for individuals who have served harsh or outdated prison sentences. So far, Obama has commuted more sentences than the past seven presidents in total.

Book explains why corporate fraud is hard to prove

Seattle residents may be familiar with the Enron scandal and the criminal prosecutions of the defunct company's executives. In a book called 'Capital Offenses: Business Crime and Punishment in America's Corporate Age," author Samuel Bell explains why the Enron story is unusual. Although corporate fraud happens all the time, it is uncommon for corporate executives to be punished for their illegal activities.

Study shows Uber does not reduce drunk driving fatalities

Washington residents may be interested to learn that the introduction of major ride-sharing services such as Uber have not reduced the number of deaths caused by drunk driving accidents. According to research conducted by researchers at Oxford University and the University of Southern California, the data from 100 major metropolitan areas did not bolster the claims that Uber was making roads safer.

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