Monthly Archives: June 2019
KCSO Aims to Curb Violent Crime
Be advised – the King County Sheriff’s Office is stepping up patrols in White Center, a neighborhood in unincorporated King County, Washington. The emphasis patrols will be specifically aimed at crimes of violence, and will be randomly timed so as to increase law enforcement visibility. There have been an number of recent shootings in the… Continue Reading »
Child Abandonment Laws
Child abandonment occurs when a parent, guardian, or person in charge of a child either deserts a child without any regard for the child’s physical health, safety or welfare and with the intention of wholly abandoning the child, or in some instances, fails to provide necessary care for a child living under their roof. While… Continue Reading »
It is in the Blood, or is it?
Only time will tell, but apparently there is a fair to decent chance that potentially hundreds of Washington State DUI blood draw cases may be in jeopardy because of a recall on the vials used to collect the prospective DUI suspect’s blood samples. The faulty vials were used in approximately 22 counties across Washington, the… Continue Reading »
There are several types of computer crimes, but some of the most high-profile examples involve hacking. With data breaches increasingly becoming daily occurrences, hackers have affected everything from the economical (including numerous retail businesses) to the political by invading every aspect of our lives. However, hacking doesn’t always rise to the level of a crime.… Continue Reading »
Time for a Vacation?
Earlier this Spring, House Bill 1041 was unanimously passed by the Washington State Legislature. Governor Inslee followed their lead and signed the Bill in May. Amid much fanfare from the criminal defense bar, the new law shall become effective in late July. The Bill contains some very interesting changes to the qualifications for vacating a… Continue Reading »
The Dark Web Crimes
Ross Ulbricht was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2013 for operating an online marketplace for illicit drugs called Silk Road. The site could be found on the so-called Dark Web where Ulbricht remained anonymous and thus shielded from law enforcement. Silk Road was not accessible through just any desktop browser, nor… Continue Reading »
Camera Time, Everett Style
For several years now Seattle Police officers have used body cameras. Over the years we have gone from no cameras to dash cameras to now – body cameras. From the perspective of a Seattle criminal defense attorney body cameras have been extremely helpful in resolving cases. Sometimes the video corroborates what the officer has alleged… Continue Reading »
The FIRST STEP Act
Have you been Keeping Up with the Kardashians? With the help of Kim Kardashian, in late 2018, Congress enacted its most sweeping prison reform legislation in a generation. Formally known as the First Step Act, the law’s purpose is to shorten sentences somewhat for particular crimes and improve conditions of incarceration for some inmates as… Continue Reading »