A Change in Plans

Come August of this year holding an electronic device while behind the wheel (beyond just texting or holding a phone to your ear) will violate Washington law. This is so because Washington Governor Jay Inslee last week signed into law an act prohibiting holding an electronic device — including phones, tablets and other electronic gadgets… Continue Reading »

A Picture is Worth a 1K Words

In domestic violence cases it is immeasurably important to understand the full context of the parties’ relationship. The relationship itself often tells a story, and paints a picture of the actual situation giving rise as to why police were called in the first place. Rarely is it as simple as someone hit their loved one.… Continue Reading »

Noteless in Seattle

Last Thursday Senate Bill 5404 was signed into effect. Somehow common sense finally prevailed. The new law exempts sunblock from being classified as a medication and thus children are now permitted to use it at school and during school field trips; students finally no longer need a prescription from a doctor and a note from… Continue Reading »

Five Down to Four

Well that didn’t take long. Another law change in the DUI sector. In April, the Washington State legislature approved a measure that would make a fourth driving under the influence offense a felony in Washington state. Not too long ago the law was changed to make a fifth driving under the influence offense a felony… Continue Reading »

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 »