Monthly Archives: May 2013

In a trial the credibility and integrity of a witness is everything. This is especially true in a prosecutor’s case that relies solely on the testimony of an officer. Over the past weeks, months and years, the credibility of Seattle Police officers has come into question. This is attributable to cases like the one filed… Continue Reading »

Due to the incredibly stiff DUI laws here in Washington that require ignition interlocks for all DUI offenders seeking to drive, nearly 20,000 Washington residents use alcohol sensing devices to drive their vehicles. That very fact makes Washington state one of the top five states for interlock use in the country. This comes after years… Continue Reading »

Seattle interim police chief Jim Pugel has made it crystal clear, “the days of the police just giving you a ride home if you’re caught drunk driving are long over – if you drink and drive, you will be arrested”. The holiday DUI emphasis patrols are off and running; the Seattle Police Department will ramp… Continue Reading »

As many Husky football fans know, the Dawg’s star tight end, Austin Sefarian Jenkins, was cited for DUI on March 9, 2013. Obviously the implications of his arrest not only potentially affect his Husky playing career, but his professional football career as well. Little did he know that within a month of his arrest, there… Continue Reading »

Social Media is all the rage and continues to grow in popularity every day. Privacy protections, as it relates to social media, are also something that must continue grow. In line with this philosophy, Washington recently became the fifth state this year to sign into law protections surrounding social-media passwords at the workplace and at… Continue Reading »

It has been noted in the paper and run as a TV commercial – through June 2, 2013, King County law enforcement agencies (both State and Municipalities) are deploying extra patrols to look for unbuckled drivers and passengers and drivers who are using their cell phones while commuting. Many Pierce County law enforcement agencies are… Continue Reading »

Get into an argument with a former girlfriend or spouse and chances are you are going to be arrested for domestic violence. That is exactly what happened to former Rainier Beach, now NBA basketball star, Terrence Williams. He was arrested this past Sunday for allegedly threatening with a gun a woman who claims to be… Continue Reading »

North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing is not being charged for allegedly hitting his wife with a golf club. The King County Prosecutor’s Office based its decision not to file charges on: (1) the mayor’s wife’s desire not to assist in the prosecution; (2) the wife’s drunken demeanor when police officers arrived on scene; (3) inconsistencies… Continue Reading »

The Washington State Patrol (“WSP”) is reinitiating an old tactic for finding drunk drivers – aerial patrols; they are going high-tech to catch law-breaking drivers both night and day. Using a stabilized aerial video camera with thermal imaging, Washington State troopers videotape vehicles traveling on our Washington roadways. The WSP began routinely using specially equipped… Continue Reading »

Now not only our Washington State government, but also our national government is seeking to toughen DUI laws. A national safety board is seeking to kick off a national conversation about changing the very definition of drunk driving by recommending that states cut the blood alcohol level threshold to 0.05 from 0.08 percent. At the… Continue Reading »