In Seattle criminal courts, many defendants are given the choice to accept a plea bargain rather than proceed to a jury trial. A study conducted by a professor at Loyola Law School shows that prosecutors may offer less favorable terms to minorities.
Tampering with evidence is a criminal act in most jurisdictions across the country. In the state of Washington, tampering with physical evidence is made illegal by statute. The elements of the offense are similar in many jurisdictions. In most states, generally speaking, the prosecution must prove intent, knowledge, evidence and an awareness of a pending or potential investigation to secure a conviction for evidence tampering.
Washington residents who are facing criminal charges and who plan to go to trial may have heard about leading questions and wonder what they are. These are questions that are asked by criminal defense lawyers of witnesses at certain times during the trial. Leading questions are designed to elicit responses from the witnesses by leading them to the answers. In many cases, the answer to a leading question will either be yes or no.
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.
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.
There has been an increasing use of hacking by federal law enforcement officials using malware. Criminal defense attorneys in the state of Washington and the rest of the country have strategies to combat this form of surveillance and to keep evidence that was obtained illegal from being brought into court.
Washington residents may be interested to learn that there are an average of three exonerations in the United States every single week. An exoneration can occur when it becomes apparent that a person who admitted to committing a crime did not actually do so.
Learning that your husband has accused you of domestic violence is something that can make your heart seem to stop. Immediately, you will notice that some facets of your life start to change. These changes aren't going to be for the better. In fact, some of them can make you downright miserable. While you will likely have to deal with these effects in the short term, presenting a defense against the charges is the only way that you might be able to prevent your entire life from being changed. Consider these three things if you are charged with domestic violence.
Many parents fear that sooner or later their child will be charged with a crime and face jail time. When that fear becomes a reality, it can easily cause panic, which is natural. The good news is that, with effective representation, your child does not have to face jail time, even in the face of a conviction.
When the special education system fails minors they often end up incarcerated. Although youth with disabilities are underrepresented in the general population, they are much more likely to be sent to detention and incarceration facilities. At least one third of youthful offenders arrested have a disability. Some researchers argue that it is as high as 70 percent. These incarcerated minors have anything from emotional to learning disabilities.