Monthly Archives: May 2013

Amnesty for Youth!

Earlier this month, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law an alcohol ‘good Samaritan’ rule, which grants those under 21 years of age immunity from criminal minor-in-possession-of-alcohol charges when they call for medical help for a drunk friend. The law, approved by the state legislature last month, is meant to encourage minors to call 911 by… Continue Reading »

Pot … The Definition has changed!

On May 1, 2013 Washington finalized significant changes to the state’s definition of marijuana. The change came about because of a portion of the I-502 legislation that was drafted to distinguish marijuana from industrial hemp. The measure defined marijuana as having more than 0.3 percent of a certain intoxicating compound, Delta-9 THC. Scientist’s with the… Continue Reading »

Not Just DUI's, Not Just DV's

As almost all criminal attorneys know, alcohol related crimes generally involve either a driving under the influence allegation or a domestic violence allegation. Not all allegations, however, are DUI or DV based. Just ask Oklahoma Sooner sophomore quarterback Kendal Thompson. Thompson was recently arrested in Norman Oklahoma on suspicion of public intoxication and allegedly refusing… Continue Reading »

In the Clear? Not so Fast …

Just because a county prosecutor may choose to not file a criminal charge doesn’t mean you are “out of the woods”.  Just ask former Seattle Seahawk, Leroy Hill. On Wednesday the King County Prosecuting Attorney announced that there was insufficient evidence to charge Mr. Hill with a felony after he was arrested in January on… Continue Reading »

Two Wrongs and No Rights

The sun is finally out and that means that DUI’s may be on the rise too … all over the United States. California authorities claim that receiver Titus Young formerly with the football Detroit Lions was arrested twice on Sunday. First, for suspicion for driving under the influence. Second, for allegedly trying to take his… Continue Reading »

Washington Rape Exemption Lifted

Out of the Stone Age and into the 21st Century we go. On May 1, 2013, Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill to change state law. In short, marriage will no longer be an absolute defense against allegations of some forms of rape and sexual assault in Washington State. The measure removes the spousal exemption… Continue Reading »

Seattle Traffic Initiative Moving Forward

As most folks are probably now aware, two grandparents were recently killed, and a mother and her 11 day old baby were severely injured due to an alleged drunk driver who had past DUI history. The tragedy was in a school zone during school hours. Presumably in response, the city of Seattle announced a new… Continue Reading »

Age Verification on the Horizon … Beware Young Ones

In Washington State it is unlawful for any person under the age of twenty-one years to possess, consume, or otherwise acquire any liquor. A violation of this Washington law (RCW 66.44.270) is a gross misdemeanor punishable by 364 days of jail and a fine of $5,000. Keeping in line with RCW 66.44.270, Washington State is… Continue Reading »