Yearly Archives: 2020

Bake it Away?

Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, some folks may be concerned that police vehicles may not be safe to transport prisoners. Well, the Ford Motor Company has been working on a solution to resolve that very legitimate concern. Last week, Ford announced that it is investing in heated sanitation software for its fleet of 2013-2019 Police Interceptor… Continue Reading »

DUI’s not Pandemic Proof

Notwithstanding the fact that Covid – 19 has us all on lock-down, people are still getting stopped and cited for DUI … and the courts and the prosecutors are still processing DUI cases in real time. Case in point: on May 16, 2020 at approximately 3:15 AM a King County Sheriff’s Deputy was driving in… Continue Reading »

Words Alone – Not Crime

Racist name calling is not synonymous with hate crimes; they are two different things entirely, and one is even protected by the United States Constitution. A man of Asian descent recently found this out when he complained to the police that another man (during a traffic altercation at one of our local Home Depot’s) allegedly… Continue Reading »

On the Rise

As domestic violence related incidents have spiked during the Covid-19 outbreak, so too has officers’ ‘use-of-force’. In fact, two such incidents took place in just the past four days involving the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. Sunday two deputies were involved in the tasing of a man suspected of violating a domestic violence protection order. The… Continue Reading »

Man Down – For the Public Good

In all the years of doing this business, one thing has become quite clear … a great number of folks are just plain suspicious of police officers. They don’t trust that officers are truly ‘protectors’ of the public.  Well … a Spokane incident last week has probably done nothing to dissuade their beliefs … this… Continue Reading »

It is All or Nothing

It is now official – ALL states must have a unanimous jury verdict in order to convict someone. Although Washington State was one of the 48 states that already required such a finding (as well as all Federal Courts), who knows what would have happened if the US Supreme Court found differently on the issue.… Continue Reading »

S*^T Out of Luck – SOL

As all Seattle DUI and Seattle criminal defense attorneys know, every case has a filing period known as a Statue of Limitations (“SOL”).  If a criminal case is not filed within that time period, the case cannot ever be filed by the government. The SOL on misdemeanors is 1 year, on gross misdemeanors 2 years,… Continue Reading »

Declining Crime Rates?

Has there been a spike or decline in crime since the governor of Washington issued his ‘stay home, stay healthy’ order in March of this year?  It seems the answer depends on location and/or type.  Both the Seattle Police Department and King County Sheriff’s Office say that crimes like shoplifting, car prowling and general theft… Continue Reading »

Taboo Tattoo – No Longer

There once was a time that tattoos were taboo – especially for government employees.  In essence a ‘deal breaker’ for employment. The State of Pennsylvania has softened that stance … at least as it relates to their state troopers and prospective cadets.  As of last month, Pennsylvania state troopers and cadets may have tattoos on… Continue Reading »

A Palm-Greasing Gone Awry

Earlier this month – before all of this stay-at-home business – an intoxicated man in Yakima County, Washington, who was involved in a fender bender, allegedly had the ingenious idea of bribing a WSP trooper so he could avoid being arrested for DUI. Note to self (and a word to those who are wise), Washington… Continue Reading »