Monthly Archives: July 2020

Toxic Time Leads to Shows’ Demise

TV shows like “Cops” and “Live PD” have always been viewing generators.  However, due to the current political/ social climate, channels like the A&E Network have elected to remove ‘police’ content in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Mr. Floyd’s death, of course, has sparked protests about police… Continue Reading »

Police Procedures Upon an Arrest

When the police arrest someone, they take away that person’s fundamental right to freedom. As a result, there are several procedures the police must follow before they can make a legal arrest so that our rights remain protected. Many states and police departments add extra procedures. These extra procedures might be designed to: protect police… Continue Reading »

Is Non-Violent Crime Policing a Thing of the Past?

Is law enforcement in Washington getting close to not enforcing non-violent crimes? That is what one Texas police association president is asking officers to do in Austin, Texas. He apparently has told the association’s members to only respond to assigned calls because it’s what the Austin city leaders and the public at large seem to… Continue Reading »

Vehicle Searches

A common question attorneys are asked, is whether a police officer can legally search ones vehicle. Typically, the answer is yes. This is usually dependent on whether the police officer has probable cause to believe a crime has been committed and is able to seek a warrant to search the vehicle. If the crime is… Continue Reading »

Discrimination Not the Answer

It is no secret that the Seattle Police has been under fire for its handling of the recent Black Live’s Matter protests. So much so that even the Seattle City Council has demanded cuts to the department’s budget by 50%. The council wants the funds moved to community-led organizations. Police Chief Carmen Best, who over… Continue Reading »

Why It is Not Entrapment

Entrapment occurs when a government agent persuades or influences you to commit a crime that you otherwise would not have committed. Entrapment is a defense that’s commonly used in criminal cases, but not every defendant can claim entrapment. If you are going to use entrapment as a defense, you need to pay close attention to… Continue Reading »

And the Beat Goes On

With all of the social strife going on around the United States today, it isn’t surprising that a contingent of Ford Motor Company Employees have asked the company’s leadership to stop making and selling police vehicles. This position is in line with the growing racial justice movements – Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police.… Continue Reading »

Juvenile Background

As our children get older, they may find themselves in situations where they are accused of a crime or a situation where they actually did commit the crime. When children commit a crime,  whether it’s shoplifting or assault, their cases are typically heard in juvenile court, where the emphasis is on counseling and rehabilitation versus… Continue Reading »