Tether at your Own Risk

You tie up or tether a dog in Washington State and you could soon be facing a hefty penalty. Currently, Washington doesn’t have animal cruelty penalties for tethering or tying up dogs. That is about to change. The new statute allows animal care and control officers to issue warnings or civil infractions for inhumane animal… Continue Reading »

The Gov’t Calls the Shots in DV Matters

Domestic violence in the State of Washington can be virtually any criminal act committed by a “family or household member” against another, including, but not necessarily limited to, Assault, Manslaughter, Murder, Reckless Endangerment, Coercion, Burglary, Criminal Trespass, Property Damage, Kidnapping, Interfering with the reporting of Domestic Violence, Rape, Violation of a Protection Order, Stalking, Cyber… Continue Reading »

DUI Equals Impound of Your Car

Several years back, the landscape of vehicle impounds in Washington State DUI arrests had a seismic shift. Prior to July 22, 2011, law enforcement had the discretion to decide whether to impound a DUI suspect’s car. Many variables went into an officer’s decision (department policy, attitude of the suspect, level of inebriation etc). On July… Continue Reading »

Distracted Driving Patrols Out in Force

It has been a hot topic in the local news lately – distracted driving. There has been a consistent effort by all branches of the government to curb the habit of drivers to use their cellular devices while on our roadways. The law enforcement arm of government is now on the clock. Police departments across… Continue Reading »

April = no Studded Tires!

Spring has arrived, and the sun is not far behind. In like kind, the snow is retreating, and studded tires will soon follow. Drivers have until April 1, 2017 to remove their winter studded tires. Failure to remove studded tires by that date will result in a $136 traffic infraction. We all know our roads… Continue Reading »

Guns, DV and the Attorneys’ Challenge

If you or a loved one is convicted of a domestic violence related felony or misdemeanor your right to possess a firearm will be terminated. US federal law mandates it; put simply, anyone who is convicted of an act of domestic violence will lose their right to possess a gun. This is true even if… Continue Reading »

As the law Turns

Washington’s distracted driving bill is moving forward quickly. As you all know, we have been following the bill’s course.  Last week both chambers of the state legislature passed versions of the bill thus making it highly likely that drivers will be banned from using handheld devices in 2018. The House version of the Driving Under… Continue Reading »

Lakewood Police Drawing first Blood

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Police officers in the City of Lakewood, Washington are now performing their own blood draws on suspected impaired drivers. Although other states have consistently permitted such an intrusive act, Washington state law has essentially in the past required that a trained medical professional draw blood. This often, of course, necessitates that an officer take the… Continue Reading »

4 for Felony?

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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 »

HB 1384 Passed

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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 »