Yearly Archives: 2010

Fighting to Maintain the Integrity of Our Criminal Justice System

Seattle DUI attorneys and Seattle criminal defense lawyers alike spend their careers defending those individuals accused of committing crime in Washington State. It is a tough job – battling the government and protecting the principles of our constitution, both state and federal. Generally the odds are not in a defendant’s favor. Sometimes even the innocent… Continue Reading »

Bigger Penalties come 2011 – Make Room for those Emergency Vehicles

On January 1, 2011, Washington State’s new “Emergency Zone Law” goes into affect. This new law builds upon the “Move Over Law” (effective 2007), and authorizes the imposition of hefty penalties for drivers who: (1) speed past emergency vehicles stopped on Washington State roadways and/or (2) fail to give first-responders more room on Washington State… Continue Reading »

DUI's on the Increase

DUI prosecutions in Seattle, Everett and Tacoma are on the rise; DUI numbers seem to be increasing each and every year. DUI laws are tougher than ever and prosecutors and law enforcement agencies are taking a “zero-tolerance” policy to drunk driving. Special DUI enforcement units have even been (and are continuing to be) created all… Continue Reading »

The Harsh Realities of Being on Probation

When a person is convicted of either a gross misdemeanor or misdemeanor in Washington State he is generally put on probation with the court. The probationary period can be up to two – five years depending on the type of crime alleged. For example, a conviction for theft usually carries with it a two year… Continue Reading »

The Complexity of Complicity

RCW 9A.08.020 is Washington State’s complicity statute. Under RCW 9A.08.020 a person is “complicit” – and thus guilty of a crime – if he is an “accomplice” of a person that commits a crime. A person is an “accomplice” if, with knowledge that he is promoting or facilitating the commission of a crime, he aids… Continue Reading »

DUI Laws Stand to Get Tougher in Washington and Beyond

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) – a non-profit organization that has for the past thirty years advocated for tougher DUI laws – is vigorously lobbying Congress for $60 million to develop a system that would prevent cars from starting if the driver of the vehicle is intoxicated. MADD is lobbying Congress to pass an amendment… Continue Reading »

The Law is the Law; Resist the Temptation to Resist

Resisting arrest in Washington State is generally considered to be an act that involves intentionally preventing a law enforcement officer from instigating an arrest, a search, or transport of a person by using force against a law enforcement officer. The actual “resistance” required to qualify for resisting arrest is an intentional act that prevents an… Continue Reading »

McKenna Elected

On Tuesday, November 2, 2010, City of Seattle Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Ed McKenna (who was rated as “very good” by the Municipal League of King County, and “exceptionally well qualified” by the King County Bar Association) was elected to be a Seattle Municipal Court judge. Mr. McKenna resoundingly defeated incumbent Seattle Municipal Court Judge Edsonya… Continue Reading »

Did you know these Washington State DUI Facts?

(1) The legal BAC limit in Washington State for DUI is 0.02 for drivers under age of 21; 0.04 for drivers operating a commercial motor vehicle; and 0.08 for all non-commercial drivers over the age of 21. A BAC of .15 or greater creates enhanced penalties which will apply if the driver is actually convicted of a… Continue Reading »

DUI "Criminal" vs. "Administrative" Proceedings

At the time of a DUI arrest in Washington State there are two separate and distinct cases that begin against the person arrested for DUI — a district/ municipal court “criminal” case, and a Department of Licensing “administrative” case. The criminal case includes, among other things, possible jail time, fines and a life time stigma… Continue Reading »