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Dealing with false accusations of domestic abuse

There's no denying it — if someone claims a spouse has been abusive, people are going to listen. There have been too many tragic stories of victims of domestic abuse who met violent ends after someone ignored their cries for help. Because of this, authorities generally give the benefit of the doubt to the accuser and assume the worst of the accused.

If your spouse has told authorities that you committed domestic abuse, you may find yourself in a delicate and terrifying situation. The odds are against you, and you may already be seeing the effects of the false accusations. People may be treating you differently, friends may avoid you and your job may be on the line. The worst consequence may be your separation from your children.

Getting a second shot at your gun rights

You may love to hunt. Perhaps your parent or grandparent bought you your first gun, taught you how to shoot and impressed upon you the crucial aspects of safety while carrying a firearm. From your earliest years, you anticipated this time of year when the air turns crisp and, just maybe, you could miss school one day to hunt for elk or Blacktail deer in the Washington forests.

This was your life until the day it all came to an end. Whatever the circumstances that resulted in your felony conviction, among the many penalties you paid (and are likely still paying) was the loss of your right to possess a firearm, possibly for the rest of your life. This ban is in effect even if your conviction was for a non-violent crime. However, it may be possible for you to have your rights restored so you can get back to the sport you love.

When allegations of violence pose a threat to your future

There is a multitude of scenarios in which a domestic dispute can arise, and most may involve little more than a heated argument. However, in some cases, the situation can grow out of hand, and an accusation of physical behavior could leave you facing charges of domestic violence.

Domestic violence is a major issue that carries severe penalties, and a conviction could have a significant impact on your future. You may wish to protect yourself from suffering unnecessary consequences by challenging the charges, but perhaps you are uncertain how to achieve this goal.

What impact will a DUI have on your Washington license?

You know that facing criminal charges of any kind can have a significant negative impact on various areas of your life. When facing charges for drunk driving, there is much more than just steep fines and potential jail time at stake; your right to drive is at risk.

The loss of your driving privileges is a steep price to pay for a DUI. Washington drivers would be wise to know what kind of penalties they are facing and how they can confront the charges against them. Protecting your right to drive is tantamount to many important areas of your life, including your ability to get to work and school. With help, it is possible to fight a DUI and potentially mitigate some of the penalties you are facing.

Expect more DUI arrests in Washington

Drunk driving arrests are down in Washington state. This may come as a surprise to you, especially if police recently arrested you for DUI. However, you must be one of the few because recent reports show state police are not arresting as many people for driving while impaired. Because of this, the public outcry is increasing.

As a result of the sharp decline in DUI arrests, the state is taking steps to increase the chances of catching you if you drive after drinking. In light of recent DUI fatalities, you may be hearing more from lawmakers and law enforcement who are determined to reverse the trend.

What happens to my license after a DUI arrest and conviction?

Facing any type of criminal charge is both confusing and overwhelming, especially if you find yourself facing charges related to drunk driving. You know that drunk driving can bring serious penalties for Washington drivers convicted of this type of crime, including the loss of driving privileges.

You need your license to drive to work, school, the grocery store, doctor appointments and to take your kids to various places. Protecting your license is of critical importance, and it can be helpful to know what happens to it after a DUI arrest, as well as after a DUI conviction. 

How can you tell if a drug is addictive?

Addiction is a generic term that medical professionals define as being dependent on something or habituated toward. Sometimes people use the word loosely to mean something good rather than in the negative sense as it's generally accepted. For instance, someone might say they're addicted to Washington sunrises and other beautiful scenes. This of course evokes a far different sensation than saying someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol.

Either way, if you believe you get pleasure from or need something so badly you may act in certain ways you would otherwise not act just to have it, there might be a problem. This often happens to people who use some of the most highly addictive substances on earth. Sometimes, thefts, assaults or other crimes occur that are somehow connected to a person or group of people's addictions.

Was your firearm purchase delayed?

Many Washington residents adamantly support Second Amendment rights to bear arms. Whether you're a hunter or target shooting enthusiast, or possess firearms for the purpose of self-protection and defense, you likely studied all applicable state and federal laws on buying and selling guns before purchasing any. Perhaps yours was one of many firearm purchases flagged and delayed in the state.

If you plan to buy a gun from a shop, the owner must be a licensed firearms dealer. In certain situations, you may be part-way through the buying process when you suddenly learn your purchase is a delayed one.

When driving a cold away drives you toward trouble with the law

We've all been there. You're expected at an important business meeting or final exams at a Washington college, and you can barely think straight because your head is pounding, nose is stuffy and eyes are a watery mess. Rescheduling is not an option, so you try to think of ways to alleviate your symptoms in order to forge ahead, muddle through and fulfill your obligations. What you'd really like is a warm blanket, cup of steaming hot tea and sleep; however, in times like these, something stronger is often necessary.

You go to your medicine cabinet and take a dose of cough syrup and decongestant. You choose what usually works best for you, then finish getting ready, grab your keys and head out the door. The problem is that you never expected the medicine you took before leaving your house or apartment would lead to possible criminal charges.

I was arrested for DUI! What do I do now?

First, do not panic. Just because a police officer arrested you on suspicion of drunk driving does not mean that you will face charges or end up with a conviction on your record. Before you talk to anyone or take any other action regarding your arrest, be sure to understand your legal rights.

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