Things may not have been going well between you and your spouse, and you may have anticipated a long and combative divorce. However, when police arrived to enforce a protective order against you, you were probably shocked and confused.
Many people fear the moment when an argument gets out of control and their partner suddenly becomes violent. They might try to hurt you or use a weapon and the only way to stop them is to use self-defense. Even if you acted out of self-defense you can still get charged with domestic violence.
Think twice about getting in your car while under the influence of drugs because you can get a drugged driving charge by simply sitting in the front seat. Driving under the influence of drugs is punishable with a DUI; but did you know that you can get a DUI without driving the car? This type of charge is called an actual physical control DUI and it is more common than you think.
An off-duty police officer has been accused of assaulting a fellow officer on the night of Feb. 7, according to local news sources. Washington police have reported that the 23-year-old officer has been charged with simple assault on a police officer, a misdemeanor. He has since been suspended with pay as the criminal investigation proceeds.
A Walla Walla man has apparently been arrested after allegedly threatening the lives of several people, including one family member. Washington police became involved in a standoff with the man on the night of Jan. 5. The 29-year-old is facing felony charges related to this case.
A man who was apparently wrongly released from prison due to a software error is facing criminal charges with regard to a motor vehicle accident that occurred about three months after his early release, according to local law enforcement. The Washington state prisoner was released early (as were some 3,200 other inmates, dating back to 2002), thanks to a coding error in software involving prison records. The man faces felony charges in relation to a car accident that killed the man's girlfriend in early November.
A man arrested for speeding is also facing serious charges with regard to an earlier crime, according to local sources. Washington State Police arrested the 35-year-old man on charges of reckless driving and resisting arrest, but it appears the man is also a suspect in a different matter. He has pleaded not guilty to all criminal charges from both cases.
A Kelso motorcyclist is facing serious charges following a crash on Interstate 5, according to local news sources. The Washington State Patrol arrested the 42-year-old man after a car accident that caused damage to another vehicle and sent him to the hospital. He now faces felony charges, including eluding a police officer and driving under the influence.
A video uncovered by police seems to depict a man relieving himself on vehicles operated by a local police department, according to reports. The Washington man allegedly posted a video on his Facebook page depicting the act, which police are calling malicious mischief. The man may now face felony charges in connection with the event.
An 18-year-old Washington man who was facing attempted murder charges has been found not mentally competent to stand trial. The prosecutor has further reduced his criminal charges in light of the fact that he is allegedly suffering from a mental disorder. According to state records, this ruling is rare in criminal cases.