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What you should know about extortion charges

In general, extortion is the act of obtaining money or other property through some kind of force or threat. Threats may come in the form of violence, damage to property or reputation or even an adverse government act. In most cases, extortion falls into the larceny category of criminal acts rather than robbery. That's because the person initiating the extortion is usually not threatening immediate physical harm like a masked perpetrator with a gun would be.

What to know about a minor in possession charge

If you're underage and are caught drinking, you face a minor in possession charge. This charge is usually placed against those between the ages of 13 and 17. Minor in possession charges get filed for the possession of alcohol or for any offenses that involve firearms. It can also be used when a person between the ages of 13 and 20 is found guilty of a drug offense.

Are you unknowingly committing credit card fraud?

When a person uses a credit card to commit theft or fraud, the legal system often refers to it as credit card fraud. Usually, when you think about credit card fraud, you think of someone using a skimmer to steal your information at a gas pump or someone using your information to get an entirely new card. What you do not think about is that you may be accidentally committing credit card fraud as a legal cardholder.

What does Washington law say about refusing a breathalyzer test?

You’re heading home after a couple drinks with friends. Confident that you’re fine to drive, the last thing you expect to hear is the whir of a police siren and see the flash of lights in your rear view mirror. As the officer approaches your car, you begin thinking about a breathalyzer test.


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