Monthly Archives: April 2016

DV stands for 'Domestic Violence'

In criminal law, the initials “DV” stand for ‘Domestic Violence’. DV is a moniker or, in essence, a ‘tag’ that is linked to certain delineated crimes wherein the parties involved are alleged to have a familial or dating relationship. Revised Code of Washington (‘RCW’) 10.99.020 lays out the actual definition of what constitutes a DV… Continue Reading »

IID by Law

Any Washington State DUI attorney will tell you that if you are convicted of DUI the law requires that you maintain an ignition interlock device (IID) on your car for a period of at least one year upon eligibility to reinstate your driving privilege. What some may neglect to tell you, however, is that in… Continue Reading »

I Claim, You Claim, We all Claim – Self Defense!

In Washington, if someone is charged with the crime of assault (domestic violence related or otherwise), he may have the right to allege that he acted in ‘self-defense’. To be applicable, however, a self-defense claim requires that the Defendant prove that: (1) he had a fear of imminent danger of bodily harm; (2) that the… Continue Reading »

Probation = Oversight

Crime and punishment, they go hand and hand when a defendant is convicted in a court of law. As we all know, punishment can, and often does, include monetary fines and jail time; what some folks don’t quite understand, however, is that governmental oversight is also often part of the punitive mix. This oversight is… Continue Reading »

Drive Studless, its the Law

Spring has arrived … the dark days of Winter are in our rearview mirrors. And with the passing of Winter so go studded tires. Yesterday was the last day for Washington drivers to remove their studded tires or face an expensive ticket from one of our local law enforcement agents. In previous years, due to… Continue Reading »