Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Changing Landscape of DV Law

The domestic violence laws seem to be forever tightening. And to prove that point, Congressional Democrats recently renewed their push to revive a key federal program that protects women against domestic violence. The Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) became law in 1994 and was extended in both 2000 and in 2005. In 2011, the law… Continue Reading »

Tracking Software … Beware

Technology strikes again! Recently, tracking software proved beneficial in nabbing a pair of suspected thieves; Seattle police officers were able to locate the two individuals by using tracking software that was installed on a stolen computer, an Apple Mac Book Laptop. The police began their investigation after receiving a report of a burglary in which… Continue Reading »

Warrantless Blood Draws?

This past Wednesday the United States Supreme Court considered requiring police to get a search warrant before forcing drunken-driving suspects to have blood drawn in a case that will shape privacy rights on our roadways. The justices weighed Missouri’s contention that police need not take the time to get judicial approval, given how quickly alcohol… Continue Reading »

The Holiday #'s are In

The results are in, and we aren’t talking about election results. Recent holiday emphasis patrols netted 795 DUI arrests in King County, Washington. Statewide, a total of 3,446 people were arrested during the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which ran from November 21, 2012 through January 1, 2013. Many Washington law enforcement… Continue Reading »

The Ever Changing Landscape of DUI Law

Yet again law enforcement is adding another layer to our already tough DUI laws — all new ignition interlock devices will feature a camera. And if you didn’t already know, anyone convicted for DUI is required to have an ignition interlock device (IID) on the car they drive for a minimum of one year. IID’s… Continue Reading »