Yearly Archives: 2017

Probation UA’s – Supremes Weigh In

Earlier this year the Washington State Supreme Court considered whether Article I, section 7 of the Washington Constitution prohibits a requirement of random urinalysis (known in the court system as “UA”) of individuals on probation for a gross misdemeanor DUI offense. The defendant in the case plead guilty to DUI. The trial court imposed a… Continue Reading »

Defending Thyself May Equal Reimbursement

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Defending one’s self is a right unto everyone. If you, a loved one or your property is attacked, well … you have a right to defend, within reason of course. In Washington State, the law of “self defense” is very specific and, if established by a preponderance of the evidence at trial, not only exonerates… Continue Reading »

Hearsay, Hearsay, Hearsay ….

Today we will discuss a well-known rule of evidence called “hearsay.” Many have heard about it, and have a general understanding of what it may be, but today’s blog will focus on explaining the intricacies of the hearsay rule. The rule against hearsay is deceptively simple and full of exceptions. Hearsay is an out of… Continue Reading »

A Scary Tale Indeed

The stigma of domestic violence is quite real and quite impactful. It can cause the loss of home, job, family and friends. This is so because the societal knee jerk reaction is to conclude that someone accused of this type of crime is short-tempered, erratic and even possibly out of control. But what if a… Continue Reading »

Get a Lawyer!

A criminal defendant’s right to an attorney is found in the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which requires the “assistance of counsel” for the accused in all criminal prosecutions. This means that a defendant has a constitutional right to be represented by, or have access to an attorney during all criminal proceedings, from the… Continue Reading »

IID and Drugs?

When a person is convicted of DUI, he is required to only drive vehicles outfitted with an ignition interlock device (which is a device that detects alcohol on a person’s breath and/or in his lungs). This is true even if the DUI didn’t involve alcohol, i.e. marijuana or prescription drugs. Why would you need an… Continue Reading »

Appellate Rights

The right to a trial by jury is the most fundamental constitutional right a criminal defendant is granted. Upon a conviction after a jury trial, a defendant has the right to appeal a finding of guilt. In order for an appellate court to hear an appeal from a lower court the aggrieved party must demonstrate… Continue Reading »

Emphasis Patrols are Back

Although the Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone … there are more holiday festivities right around the corner, as we all well know. And in conjunction with the holidays the Washington State Patrol has again increased its DUI patrols. It started this past weekend when the Impaired Driving Section of the Washington State Patrol (WSP)… Continue Reading »

HELP! Bail Me Out … Please

When a defendant gets arrested and is taken to jail, typically their first concern is how they can get out as quickly as possible. Several things must happen before a jail facility can release an individual from jail. The process typically involves a “booking” process and a bail hearing that determines whether the person arrested… Continue Reading »

Is The Drugalyzer Imminent?

Soon enough, Washington State may not just have breath testing for alcohol in DUI cases. Washington may eventually have testing for Marijuana too. This is so because there is a new ‘drugalyzer’ called the Dräger DrugTest 5000 that is being made and used in other jurisdictions around the country. Marijuana is now legal in approximately… Continue Reading »