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Washington - Laws & Policies [RP] [#10]
Please beware this is NOT rules, only RP laws which police must enforce.
PUBLISHED BY THE MAYOR'S OFFICE OF WASHINGTON
Office Theme: “Blyat”?
Office Term: the 8th of September00:00 EST



General Information

- This is the official handbook & laws of Washington Server used for citizens & officers.
- Please be warned the crimes do have set times and bails if a Judge isn't online for role-playing reasons!
- All Officers will be REQUIRED to enforce all these laws.
- Any corruptions WILL result in a demotion no matter the rank in the force at the time of demotion or removal.
- All officers, swat, etc MUST be in state-issued uniforms any officer who is not in uniform will be warned and if he does not get dressed will be demoted.
- Anyone found not following orders from a higher ranking officer will result in a DEMOTION all higher ranking officers MUST provide photo evidence or recordings to me directly or one of my ministers.

Contents

Section 1: Criminal Offences
Subsection 1: Misdemeanors
Subsection 2: Infractions
Subsection 3: Felonies
Section 2: Demotion
Subsection 1: Reporting Law Enforcement
Section 3: Illegal Weapons
Section 4: Illegal Vehicles
For the purposes of this document, a ‘motor vehicle’ is defined as any vehicle utilizing a combustion engine whose means of transport are classified as; amphibious; on-road or offroad; waterborne; or airborne.
Section 5: Illegal Items
Section 6: Jailing Conduct
Section 7: Building Regulations

Preface

- This document is the official Lawbook of the State of Washington. It is to be followed by all inhabitants of the State of Washington and is in effect during the term of a Mayor who endorses the Lawbook.
- Punishments will vary depending on the discretion of the authority involved. As a result, citation amounts, jail times issued by arrest initiators and Judges, and kill warrant rewards will not be listed.



Section 1: Criminal Offences
Common sense always apply to these laws; refer to rule 11 of the Police Officer/RCMP rules:
Actions specifically listed as ticketable, arrestable or kill warrantable by the amount in this document are not mere guidelines; given thresholds must be met in order to proceed with further punishment (this includes a transition from a ticket to an arrest or kill warrant).
To punish someone for a crime where evidence may be required to make a judgement (by example, a kill warrant or (optional) arrest for murder), an eyewitness to the event must confirm that the situation occurred. There are some conditions concerning this:
There are specifications and restrictions involving who may claim to have witnessed the event, as shown below:
Law enforcement intending on arresting the suspect may act as their own witness, given that they were not killed during the encounter
People may only act as a witness to a crime if they were not killed during a situation.
Eyewitnesses utilized in the punishment of a suspect may be required to testify before a Judge about their observations in the event a charge.

Subsection 1: Misdemeanors
A misdemeanor in the State of Washington is defined as an offence punishable by citation. Misdemeanors include, for instance:
Possession of One or more unlicensed weapons;
Jaywalking, where a person crosses a road greater than five meters away from the nearest crosswalk;
Public discharge of a firearm or detonation of an explosive device;
Impersonation of law enforcement with an offender wearing of One or more articles of clothing intended for law enforcement usage;
Reckless driving of a motor vehicle (the definition of a ‘motor vehicle’ is given under Section 4);
Breach of the peace, wherein a person acts deliberately to disrupt the public or cause commotion;

Subsection 2: Infractions
An infraction in the State of Washington is defined as an offence punishable by arrest. Infractions include, for instance:
Possession of three or more unlicensed weapons
Possession of one or more illegal items (‘illegal items’ are defined under Section 5);
Possession of one or more illegal weapons (‘illegal weapons’ are defined under Section 3);
One or more citations unpaid for a minimum of one hour;
Impersonation of law enforcement with an offender wearing More than two articles of clothing intended for law enforcement usage;
Complicity; acting as an accomplice to an offender;
Surrendering to a warrant;
Possession of a Class I or Class II vehicle. (‘Illegal vehicles’ are defined under Section 4)
Arrests for infractions may optionally be reduced to a misdemeanor by the initiator, within reason.

Subsection 3: Felonies
A felony in the State of Washington is defined as an offence punishable by the placing of a kill warrant. If a Police Deputy or Police Captain is unavailable and a kill warrant cannot be placed, the suspect is to be arrested. Felonies include, for instance:
*Raiding, applicable for the raiders : both the caller and assisters
Possession of more than seven illegal items (‘illegal items’ are defined under Section 5);
Possession of three or more illegal weapons (‘illegal weapons’ are defined under Section 3);
More than four illegal weapons (‘illegal weapons’ are defined under Section 3);
Possession of more than five unlicensed weapons;
More than five citations unpaid for a minimum of one hour;
*Kidnapping, applicable for the initiator and all assistants;
*Robbery, applicable for the initiator and all assistants;
Evading an active arrest;
Murder;
Possession of a Class III vehicle. (‘Illegal vehicles’ are defined under Section 4)

*a witness must vouch to an assistant’s involvement in a crime before they can be punished

Section 2: Demotion
Law enforcement whose actions result in a person’s demotion may justify the former’s demotion, under the discretion of those who handle the situation.
Grounds for the demotion of law enforcement include, for instance:
Acts demonstrating unprofessional conduct to members of the public and/or other members of law enforcement;
Failure to respond to raids or hostage situations, given the individual lacks valid reasoning;
Excessive punishment of an individual whose crimes do not suggest the assigned punishment;
Insufficient punishment of an individual whose crimes do not suggest the assigned punishment;
Corruption. Law enforcement witnessed to exhibit corruption- by example, unreasonable bias towards any person;
The keeping of seized objects- illegal items, illegal weapons and illegal vehicles- for oneself after confiscation from a suspect under arrest.

Subsection 1: Reporting Law Enforcement
Violation of Section 2 is grounds for potential demotion or removal of a person from their law enforcement role, though any action considered to be unreasonable may be reported after a conversation with the Mayor currently in term. You will be required to present adequate evidence visibly demonstrating the individual in question violating their sworn duty (by means of a method listed under Section 2 or one found to be unreasonable upon contacting the Mayor).
To file a report on a member of law enforcement, navigate to the Pandahut forums’ ‘Roleplay General Topics’ section under the heading ‘Roleplay Servers.’ Create a new topic and type ‘[forum name]’s Police Report on [reported person’s forum name]’ into the ‘Subject’ box (for example, ‘avidationn’s Police Report on Supreme Leader’). Provide context relevant to the purpose of the report and ensure that you submit your evidence in the post.

Section 3: Illegal Weapons
The following classifications of weapons and their contents have been prohibited for civilian handling and/or usage:
Shotguns: Devil’s Bane, Backlash, Chester, Vanguard, any modified weapon under the ‘shotgun’ classification (namely the Quadbarrel, and extended and sawed-off variants of the Masterkey);
*Launchers: Rocket Launcher, Lancer;
Light machine guns: Dragonfang, Rhino;
Rifles: Timberwolf, Grizzly, Ekho, Matamorez, Rubicon, Hecate;
Miscellaneous: Hell’s Fury, Desert Falcon, Banshee, Monsieur, Shadowstalker
All members of law enforcement are permitted to utilize weapons under the classifications ‘shotgun,’ ‘light machine gun’ and ‘rifle.’ Police Deputies and their superiors are permitted to utilize weapons of the ‘launcher’ classification. All citizens of Washington State are prohibited from the possession and usage of weapons under the classification ‘miscellaneous.’
Weaponsmiths witnessed to be dispensing weapons of the classifications ‘shotgun,’ ‘launcher,’ ‘light machine gun’ or ‘rifle’ to anyone other than their aforementioned legal owners are to be punished for arms trafficking (punishments must be in accordance with thresholds given under Section 1 and its subsections).

*if the weapon contains ammunition, the suspect in possession may also be punished for possession of an illegal item (clarification under Section 5)

Section 4: Illegal Vehicles
For the purposes of this document, a ‘motor vehicle’ is defined as any vehicle utilizing a combustion engine whose means of transport are classified as; amphibious; on-road or offroad; waterborne; or airborne.
An ‘illegal vehicle’ is defined as a motor vehicle categorized as a Class I, Class II or Class III vehicle.
Class I vehicles are those that were designed and intended for police usage.
*Class II vehicles are those with one or more mounted HMG turrets.
*Class III vehicles are those with a mounted launcher and may be loaded with an explosive device.
All members of law enforcement are permitted to utilize vehicles under the categories ‘Class I’ and ‘Class II.’ Police Chiefs and their superiors are permitted to utilize ‘Class III’ vehicles.
Mechanics witnessed to be dispensing vehicles of the categories ‘Class I,’ ‘Class II’ or ‘Class III’ to anyone other than their aforementioned legal owners are to be punished for the unauthorized sale of [class] to civilians.
If a suspect is arrested for the unauthorized sale of illegal vehicles to civilians, law enforcement are permitted to have you unlock the vehicle for confiscation.
Seized vehicles are not to be kept for personal use (refer to Section 2). They must be destroyed (at a safe distance from other people) or disposed of underwater.

*if the mounted weapon contains ammunition, the suspect in possession may also be punished for possession of an illegal item (clarification under Section 5)

Section 5: Illegal Items
The following classifications of items and their contents have been prohibited for civilian handling, sale and/or usage:
All berries and their products, for instance, pie and refined variants;
All explosives- whether improvised or conventional- with the inclusion of fragmentation ammunition;
Police Deputies and their superiors, as well as Explosives Experts, are permitted to utilize all conventional explosives.
For the purposes of this document, a ‘conventional explosive’ is defined as a non-makeshift explosive device
Glue;
Clothing intended for law enforcement use (refer to Subsection 2 of Section 1 for a specific definition of police impersonation);
Military knives;
Stealy Wheely

Section 6: Jailing Conduct
A jailed suspect must still comply with involved law enforcement’s commands while the arrest is active.
Given that the arrest has been cancelled after the suspect has been jailed, only law enforcement originally involved in your arrest reserve the right to warn them back into their assigned holding cell (the warnings must be compliant with Section VII. Warning System of the Pandahut Roleplay Server Rules).
Law enforcement are permitted to demand them to remove their cosmetics, given that the one making demands is involved in the person’s active arrest.




The following are not subject to change

-Player and/or group bases are limited to a maximum of 2 stories high and dimensions of up to 3x3 within 100m of city limits/borders

-There must be a gap of approximately 2 floor-lengths between bases

----City limits/borders are determined by the location of prebuilt structures in the city's outskirts

----A range finder may be used to determine a player's base location in relation to city limits.

-Owners of buildings that fall outside of these restrictions must be given up to 24 hours to ensure their buildings are within legal limits. Failure to comply may result in the building being destroyed by Admins.

-Bases larger than 5x in each horizontal axis or taller than 3 stories within 100m of city limits may be destroyed on sight by admins without warning

-Bases larger than 5x in each horizontal axis or taller than 3 stories outside of city limits may be destroyed on sight by admins without warning

-Bases may be combined or exceed the maximum permitted size with administrator approval only. These exceptions are made for buildings located outside of city limits and permission is granted to groups that play a vital role in RP
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