Monthly Archives: December 2017

Probation UA’s – Supremes Weigh In

Earlier this year the Washington State Supreme Court considered whether Article I, section 7 of the Washington Constitution prohibits a requirement of random urinalysis (known in the court system as “UA”) of individuals on probation for a gross misdemeanor DUI offense. The defendant in the case plead guilty to DUI. The trial court imposed a… Continue Reading »

Defending Thyself May Equal Reimbursement

Defending one’s self is a right unto everyone. If you, a loved one or your property is attacked, well … you have a right to defend, within reason of course. In Washington State, the law of “self defense” is very specific and, if established by a preponderance of the evidence at trial, not only exonerates… Continue Reading »

A Scary Tale Indeed

The stigma of domestic violence is quite real and quite impactful. It can cause the loss of home, job, family and friends. This is so because the societal knee jerk reaction is to conclude that someone accused of this type of crime is short-tempered, erratic and even possibly out of control. But what if a… Continue Reading »

IID and Drugs?

When a person is convicted of DUI, he is required to only drive vehicles outfitted with an ignition interlock device (which is a device that detects alcohol on a person’s breath and/or in his lungs). This is true even if the DUI didn’t involve alcohol, i.e. marijuana or prescription drugs. Why would you need an… Continue Reading »