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Last week a Bill was passed by the Washington State House of Representatives that will allow the Washington State Patrol (WSP) to destroy firearms they confiscate during criminal investigations.  This authority now aligns with the authority other Washington State law enforcement agencies have in in their arsenal (no pun intended).  The Bill now moves to… Continue Reading »

2020 has begun and there has been no shortage of DUI arrests since the beginning of the new year. New numbers released by the Washington State Patrol show that as of last week 200 drivers have been arrested for suspicion of DUI in just King, Pierce, and Thurston counties alone; and those numbers are only… Continue Reading »

It is a well-known fact that in Washington State ignition interlock devices (IID) are required if a person is convicted for DUI. The amount of time an IID must be on a vehicle depends on whether the driver does (or does not) have a prior offense. For first time offenders, they must maintain an IID… Continue Reading »

One of the cardinal rules in all criminal cases is that the parties must not ‘hide their cards’. In other words, there is a ‘discovery’ process … and each side must let the other side know their game plan. Prosecutors must disclose all evidence in their possession whether it is helpful to their case or… Continue Reading »

The Washington State Supreme Court has spoken – always use your turn signal to change lanes or make a turn. There are no exceptions, period. Failure to use your turn signal when required is a traffic infraction. Of course, the issue arose when someone was stopped and later cited for DUI. The driver had signaled… Continue Reading »

Can police officers abuse their authority? Well, at least one Bellingham man sure thinks so. He is electing to sue the City of Bellingham because two of its finest arrested him for confronting a meter maid about parking in a bike zone and impeding his ability to use the lane. The law suit was filed… Continue Reading »

Sadly a man in our Monroe, Washington prison facility recently died because of – essentially – incompetent governmental bureaucracy. A report signed by an Ombuds for the state Department of Corrections (“DOC”) outlined the tragedy. It indicated that the inmate died fifteen months after a cancerous lump was discovered on his breast – he unconscionably… Continue Reading »

The Everett Police Department is following in line with other police departments around the state … they are in the throws of integrating body cameras into their uniforms. In the weeks to come some Everett Police Officers will be outfitted with body-worn cameras as part of a 6 month pilot program. The idea is to… Continue Reading »

As has become somewhat common place, going to downtown Seattle is no longer on the front end of anyone’s list, even during holiday seasons. It is in a word – dangerous. This is especially true down by the King County Courthouse on 3rd and James. Earlier this week the Presiding Judge, Jim Rogers, became so… Continue Reading »

Many folks who transport commercial goods possess a commercial driver’s license (“CDL”). To have a CDL (like a regular old driver’s license) is a privilege, not a right. Like any privilege – whatever is giveth can be taketh away, and that principle holds true even for CDL’s. In Washington State a CDL can be suspended… Continue Reading »