Monthly Archives: May 2019

Compounding a Problem – Never a Good Idea

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It is never a good idea to compound an already bad situation. Apparently one woman didn’t get that proverbial memo. Earlier this month a 23-year-old woman was arrested and booked in King County for assaulting two law enforcement officers and driving while under the influence. A Probable Cause Statement indicates that police responded to the… Continue Reading »

International Extradition Laws

Extradition laws give a nation the ability to hand over someone to another nation for purposes of criminal trial or punishment. A few years ago, drug king pin El Chapo was extradited from Mexico to the United States.  Whether someone can be extradited depends on the laws of the countries involved and whether there’s an… Continue Reading »

SPD Response Questioned

Obviously, one clear telltale sign of DUI is erratic driving. This is so because alcohol and/or drugs compromise a person both physically and mentally. Well on Mother’s Day a few weeks back a Seattle couple witnessed just that, erratic driving in downtown Seattle. They witnessed the car blow through red lights and weave all over… Continue Reading »

Fair Trials Explained

The term “fair trial” is often discussed as a necessary element to ensure that justice prevails in society. Although the American criminal justice system is intended to provide a criminal defendant with a fair trial, it can be difficult to ascertain what this means in practice. To answer the question “what is a fair trial?”… Continue Reading »

Extradition Laws and Procedure

Fleeing from one state to another does not necessarily mean that a criminal will evade punishment if  he or she were to be caught. States and the federal government can seek to bring state-hopping criminals to justice through a process called extradition. Extradition laws give a state the ability to hand someone over to another… Continue Reading »

What is a “Fair Trial”?

The term “fair trial” is often discussed as a necessary element to ensure that justice prevails in society. Although the American criminal justice system is intended to provide a criminal defendant with a fair trial, it can be difficult to ascertain what this means in practice. To answer the question “what is a fair trial?”… Continue Reading »

New DUI Laws Proposed but Stalemated – For Now

DUI law and enforcement is always a ‘hot topic’ during Washington State legislative sessions, and this year was no exception. As usual, there were a few bills presented to toughen our state DUI laws. For example, one such bill proposed: (1) lengthening the amount of time convicted DUI drivers should be required to use ignition… Continue Reading »