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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

As many Seattle Criminal Defense Attorneys know, on March 13th of this year 42 new Troopers received their commission from the Washington State Patrol and graduated from the 112th Trooper Basic Training Class. The ceremony was different than years past because it was not held at its usual place – the Capitol Rotunda, but instead… Continue Reading »