Over the past few years, the United States office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been working toward a stated goal of cracking down on immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. The agency is doing this by deporting immigrants in record numbers following criminal arrests. However, the offenses for which these so-called criminal immigrants are being deported are somewhat surprising: in 2010, the majority of deportations were ordered following arrests for drug crimes, drunk driving, and minor traffic offenses.
If you have recently been arrested and charged with driving under the influence, you likely noticed a new Washington state law that took effect about two weeks ago. Now, people who are arrested for drunk driving will have their cars impounded, and cars must be held for at least 12 hours before they can be released to the suspect.
Seattle-area police are not yet sure what caused a man to open fire in a South King County nightclub, but they believe that stress and anger over the suspect's separation from his wife may have caused his outburst. Although the suspect's estranged wife and six others were injured in what is believed to be a domestic violence shooting, none suffered serious injuries and all are expected to make a full recovery. The suspect has not yet been charged for the crimes as police continue to investigate the incident.
As the use and abuse of prescription medications increases in Kent and throughout Washington and the country, local law enforcement officials say that armed pharmacy robberies are also on the rise. According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, there was an 81 percent increase in armed robbery at U.S. pharmacies between 2006 and 2010. In Washington state, one out of every six pharmacies was robbed between 2008 and 2011.
A case manager with the King County Drug Diversion Court Program is facing the potential loss of his job after being arrested and charged with his second drunk driving offense this year. However, the case manager has not been convicted of either DUI charge, so a spokesperson from the drug court office is indicating that the agency will likely allow the judicial system processes to play out before firing or otherwise penalizing him.
It is important that a prosecutor presents enough evidence to show that the criminal defendant actually committed the crime under which he or she was charged. If the prosecution can't present sufficient evidence, it is only fair that the court find the defendant innocent of all charges and released. Should a defendant be charged or convicted in a he said-she said type of trial?
Although drunk driving continues to be an issue in Washington and throughout the country - alcohol was reportedly a factor in over 30 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S. in 2009 - there is also growing concern about driving under the influence of marijuana and other drugs, both legal and illegal. However, until science catches up with policy, it will likely be difficult, if not impossible, for state governments to enact and enforce DUI laws for drugged driving.
After a burglary, an arrest, and a mistake by the Seattle Police Department, a Washington couple has spent the last few weeks going up and down on a rollercoaster of emotion. First, their home was a target of a late-night burglary, and then the suspects were apprehended and the stolen property recovered. But after a towing company that works closely with the police department mistakenly released the suspects' vehicle to an acquaintance, with the stolen property still inside, the couple was told they would likely never see their belongings again.