Monthly Archives: March 2012

Firearm Laws – Should they be Stricter?

The shootings of three children over the past month have gun-safety advocates demanding tougher firearms laws in Washington. But on the opposite side of the bench, gun-rights supporters say no law can prevent the mistakes that led to the shootings of the children, two of which were killed, the other of which was left with… Continue Reading »

Proposed DUI Changes Awaiting Governor Approval

On March 8, 2012 the Washington State Legislature approved a host of changes to state laws against driving under the influence (“DUI”) of alcohol or drugs. The proposed laws awaiting the governor’s signature would: (1) keep felony DUI-related convictions on a person’s criminal record permanently; (2) require impaired drivers who get their licenses reinstated to… Continue Reading »

To Legalize or to Not Legalize, That is the Question

Legalization of Marijuana? Some are in favor, others not so much. Washington State’s effort is outlined in Initiative 502 (I-502). I-502 would ultimately license and tax a private marijuana industry. Adults over 21 would be allowed 1 ounce of marijuana bought from a licensed store. Users would be allowed to drive with marijuana’s active ingredient,… Continue Reading »

Washington DUI Laws Expanded

State lawmakers have been continuously working towards increasing penalties and fines for those who drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs, or commit vehicular homicide. To that end the Washington state Legislator in Olympia recently agreed to unanimously pass a bill cracking down on people driving under the influence. The new legislations expanded Washington… Continue Reading »

Attorney Criminally Charged

Even attorneys can be criminally charged; attorneys are not immune from criminal allegations. Case in point – a Bellevue attorney, George Atwater, was recently charged with wire fraud for alleged involvement in embezzling $10 million from an investor in an Indonesian oil-and-gas scheme. Mr. Atwater was vice president and general counsel of Laramie Petroleum as… Continue Reading »