Monthly Archives: March 2011

Often in criminal cases involving driving under the influence and/or domestic violence there is documentation in the government’s possession that may be helpful to a defendant’s cause.  Unfortunately, the government is not always obligated to give the defendant or his counsel all helpful information in its possession.   An example of this is when a defendant requests something… Continue Reading »

On March 21, 2011 the public was informed that the Seattle Police Department (the “Department”) is investigating allegations that a specialty unit of police officers within the Department – know as “DUI Squad Officers” – mishandled a slew of DUI arrests in the City of Seattle. The Department has since pulled all but one of… Continue Reading »

There are many reasons that people commit crimes. Often society just chalks it up to bad morals or evil intent or malice. However, as many Seattle criminal defense attorneys know, many (if not most) people who get caught committing a crime in Washington State are not “bad” people. They are actually good people who get… Continue Reading »

Seattle criminal defense attorneys and Bellevue criminal defense lawyers may be getting an increase in call volume in the not so distant future. Certain crimes can now be reported on-line in King County by going to www.ReportToSheriff.org. A crime reported: (1) cannot be an emergency, (2) cannot be a crime in progress, (3) must have no… Continue Reading »

Any criminal case in the State of Washington that involves a defendant who is not a United States citizen can have, as all Seattle criminal defense attorneys know, devastating consequences on that person’s immigration status. Some states are even moving towards requiring officers to check the immigration status of anyone stopped by law enforcement for… Continue Reading »

As all Seattle criminal defense attorneys and Bellevue criminal defense attorneys know – and frequently espouse – growing marijuana violates federal law, and recreational use of the drug remains illegal at the state level. Notwithstanding that fact, the legalization of medical marijuana – permitted in Washington and at least fourteen other states – has kicked… Continue Reading »

As any Seattle DUI attorney or Bellevue DUI attorney will tell you, the bulk of DUI investigations commence after an alleged traffic infraction (i.e. speeding, following too closely, failure to use a turn signal) is observed by a law enforcement officer. Washington State drivers should be well aware that State Patrol has now been tasked… Continue Reading »

Just as Seattle criminal law attorneys anticipated, Washington State’s Senate continued to move forward with its efforts to establish more clarity to Washington State medical marijuana system. On March 2, 2011, the Senate approved a bill that is aimed at giving patients greater protection from marijuana related arrests, and brings the medical marijuana supply chain… Continue Reading »