Monthly Archives: February 2017

Earlier this month the State Senate unanimously passed SB 5037 which – if it becomes law – would make driving under the influence a felony if the driver has three or more prior offenses on their criminal record within a 10 year period. The bill now heads to the House where it has stalled in… Continue Reading »

On Monday February 20, 2017, the Washington State House of Representative passed HB 1384.  HB 1384 is a measure that protects victims of sexual assault. The bill now heads to the Senate. The new law would extend sexual assault protection orders beyond two years. Under current Washington law, sexual assault victims can get a protection order… Continue Reading »

As is well known by now, not only is texting and driving against the law in Washington State, but so is holding a cell phone to one’s ear while driving. Curiously, however, the current law does not prohibit the use of apps while driving, which undoubtedly is just as dangerously distracting as texting or talking… Continue Reading »

Always seemingly on the cutting edge of policing, the Seattle Police Department (the “SPD“) recently launched a Bias/Hate Crime Data dashboard, which is, of course, timely considering these heated political times. The data is composed of alleged citywide bias crime reports, and is tracked on three separate levels: 1. Malicious Harassment, which includes the motivation of… Continue Reading »