Yearly Archives: 2021

Warrant be Gone!

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April 1, 2021 marked the beginning of a glorious opportunity for anyone saddled with a bench warrant in courts in and around Western Washington. This is so because many courts of limited jurisdiction in King County have agreed to open a 90 day window 4/1/2021 – 6/30/2021) to resolve any outstanding bench warrant(s). The program… Continue Reading »

Constitutional Rights Seemingly Expanded

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Last week the United States Supreme Court expanded our federal constitutional protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. The esteemed court ruled that a person shot by an officer may sue the police, even if that person was able to drive away before being detained. The seminal issue was whether the police used ‘physical force’ to… Continue Reading »

The Receipt will Set You Free

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It was a long time coming, but with some extended perseverance a Michigan man got himself another opportunity to prove his innocence. He has since sued the Hertz Rental Company because they failed to produce the very evidence that would have proved his innocence and kept him out of prison. Due to that lack of… Continue Reading »

Wait, There is an Exception?!

When bad luck hits, it can really take the wind out of your sails. There is no better example of that than what a 21 year old Ferndale man recently endured – 3 DUI arrests over a 4 day period in Skagit and Whatcom Counties. It started with a March 8th DUI arrest in Whatcom… Continue Reading »

SMC Expands its Caseload

Where once Seattle Municipal Court (‘SMC’) lagged behind on having virtual hearings, it is now taking the lead and doing almost all of its hearings remotely. While most courts use the Zoom platform, SMC handles its virtual courtrooms via WebEx. To accommodate those who don’t have adequate technology, SMC is permitting people to participate by… Continue Reading »

You’ve Been Cheetoed!

Straight from the pages of the Wild and the Whacky – A woman in Tulsa, Oklahoma is now sitting in jail because she had Cheeto residue on her teeth that linked her to an attempted home burglary. What were the facts? Well, apparently on February 26th patrol officers were dispatched to reports of a person… Continue Reading »

A Measure to Drive-By

Can’t pay a traffic ticket? You may soon be in luck. Why? Because Washington State lawmakers recently proposed a measure that would prevent a driver’s license from being suspended if a person cannot pay or doesn’t respond to a traffic ticket. The measure, if passed, would eliminate suspended licenses for those who are unable to… Continue Reading »

Watch That Speed

What is Reckless Driving? According to Washington State, Reckless Driving is ‘a willful and wanton disregard for the safety of person and/or property.’ Can speeding alone get someone cited for Reckless Driving? In short, yes. This is so because Washington’s maximum speed limits can serve as prima facie evidence of reckless driving, which in Washington… Continue Reading »

The Backlog of All Backlogs

Criminal charging in-and-around King County has grinded to a halt. Criminal cases all start with an arraignment. An arraignment is where a defendant is formerly told what she is charged with and enters her plea. Right now, Seattle is only arraigning folks that are actually in custody. Those not in custody are not being charged… Continue Reading »

Accountability – Front and Center

By now, we all know the issues surrounding police and their use of force. It has been a hot topic for many, many months. Today, a SB 5066 is before the Washington State Legislature (“WSL”). If enacted, SB 5066 would compel fellow officers to step-in and intervene if they witness excessive force being used by… Continue Reading »