Monthly Archives: September 2020

Change is Inevitable, it Seems

As the days and months of protests continue on, at least one U.S. city has taken to a new way of policing. The City of Buffalo, New York – as a calculated measure of safety – is now permitting its police officers to no longer display their names on their uniforms. Buffalo’s new rule only… Continue Reading »

Refusing the Breathalyzer Test

Drunk-driving checkpoints, arrests, and convictions have become so common that everyone seems to have their own story, or, if not, a friend that you may know has a story. For every story there’s just as many arm-chair attorneys who know exactly what to do when faced with a Breathalyzer test. So what is one supposed… Continue Reading »

What is a Video Worth?

With the continuous civil strife going on, there has been a huge push for police accountability in Washington State. One mechanism to accomplish this goal is body cameras. The investment in such devices, however, is quite prohibitive for many cities and counties throughout Washington State. There are, in fact, only a couple of police departments… Continue Reading »

Expunging a DUI

A driving under the influence (DUI) arrest or conviction can have a negative impact on one’s ability to secure a job, get a student loan, rent an apartment or apply for credit, even if it seems completely unrelated or happened several years ago. Criminal record expungement laws vary from state to state. Some states don’t… Continue Reading »

Shooting Creates Double Trouble

It appears that amid all of the chaos resulting from Seattle politics and the social justice movement, folks are choosing to take matters into their own hands – for better or for worse. Case in point, on Saturday afternoon two men were arrested after being involved in a shooting and automotive crash in Seattle’s South… Continue Reading »

Field Sobriety Tests in a Nutshell

Every city has a public transportation system for getting people home after a night out, but not all cities are created equal in regards to how efficient the transport system is. However, driving yourself home after a night of drinking because your designated driver took off on you won’t win over a judge. If you… Continue Reading »

Exodus in the Works

With the current state of affairs at the Seattle Police Department (“SPD“), numerous officers are electing to leave the force. Not to start a new career, but to be a law enforcement agent with a different agency. In fact, it appears that many SPD officers are headed to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department (“PCSD“). Ed… Continue Reading »

Drugs and DUI

The offense of driving under the influence, or DUI, typically relates to alcohol intoxication. But alcohol is just one of countless substances that can impair one’s ability to operate a motor vehicle. Driving under the influence of drugs includes prescription medications as well as illegal drugs, can also result in DUI charges. Mixing drugs and… Continue Reading »

Changes in SPD Business Practices

On Wednesday it was announced by the ‘powers that be’ that the Seattle Police Department is beginning the process of reassigning 100 officers and supervisors to the 911 response team. The key – focus policing on community engagement. How? By ensuring that the SPD has personnel available to respond to emergency calls, solve problems, and… Continue Reading »