Monthly Archives: May 2012

What is a mistrial? It isn’t an acquittal. It isn’t a dismissal. And it isn’t a conviction. So what is it? A mistrial is a trial that has been terminated prior to its normal conclusion. A mistrial has no legal effect and is considered an invalid trial; it differs from a “new trial,” which recognizes… Continue Reading »

Last month Rima Fakih, the first Arab-American to be crowned Miss USA, pleaded no contest to a December driving while visibly impaired charge in Detroit, Michigan. Fakih faced a maximum penalty of 93 days in jail for the criminal charge. Sentencing in the case took place May 9, 2012. Suprisingly, Fakih avoided jail in the… Continue Reading »

As recently evidenced, those who enforce our laws sometimes may find themselves on the other side of the bench. Earlier this month a Seattle police officer plead not guilty to a charge of fourth-degree assault in Everett Municipal Court. The allegation stems from an arrest in what the Seattle Police Department described as an off-duty… Continue Reading »

Getting arrested and charged for drunk driving or DUI is not insurmountable. Just being “arrested” doesn’t mean the person is going to be “convicted”. In many instances there are viable alternatives to having a lifelong drunk driving conviction. The best time to start pursuing these “alternatives” is after being released by the police, not during… Continue Reading »