Yearly Archives: 2021

Can My Actions Make Things Worse?

Earlier this month a woman in Bellevue was arrested for DUI. That fact alone isn’t too news worthy. What is news worthy, however, is that the woman ended up grabbing a hatchet from her car. She did this after she ran her car into two other vehicles and got into a confrontation with a witness… Continue Reading »

How Will New Sheriff Change Policing in King County?

Earlier this week King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the commencement of a nationwide search for our next King County sheriff. Regardless of this move, the current King County sheriff refuses to resign. Previously, King County’s sheriff was an elected position decided by voters. However, a slew of charter amendments approved during 2020’s election changed… Continue Reading »

Criminal Attorney – What the Heck Is Homicide by Abuse!!??

The state of Washington has a very narrow category of homicide that is age-specific. Known as “homicide by abuse,” a person can commit this crime when, under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to human life, but not necessarily creating a grave risk of death, a person causes the death of a vulnerable individual. Under the… Continue Reading »

Will SPD staffing Shortages Impact City Crime?

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The City of Seattle has elected to offer hiring bonuses to prospective employees of the Seattle Police Department and 911 dispatch in order to address staffing shortage created by those employees choosing to not get vaccinated. How will the shortage and interim coverage period impact citizen safety in Seattle? That is a good question. There… Continue Reading »

Criminal Lawyer – How Do I Get Out of Jail?

Upon an arrest in the State of Washington, there is probably just one thing going through your head, which is getting out! This is generally accomplished by posting “bail,” which usually consists of cash or a piece of property with cash value that you give to the court in return for your promise to show… Continue Reading »

How will OCA’s Audit Impact SMC Probation?

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Recently the Office of the City Auditor (‘OCA‘) reviewed the Seattle Municipal Court (‘SMC‘) Probation Department, which was developed to be a post-adjudication jail alternative. The probation department consists of counselors that are paired with clients (previously identified as ‘defendants’) in an effort to help them navigate their court ordered obligations. What came of OCA’s… Continue Reading »

Criminal Lawyer – Criminal Background for Juvenile Defendants

When juveniles commit crimes, whether it’s shoplifting or assault and battery, their cases are typically heard in juvenile court, where the emphasis is on counseling and rehabilitation versus hard time. The common belief is that juveniles still have a lot of time to mature and become functioning members of society, along with concerns that adult… Continue Reading »

Will Reduced Troopers Impact Traffic Violations?

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Get vaccinated or lose their job – that was the decision many members of the Washington State Patrol (‘WSP‘) had to make. Well, as of a week ago 127 WSP employees had separated – in one format or another – from their positions with WSP. Of those employees, 67 were troopers. The question is, was… Continue Reading »

Criminal Lawyer – What is Money Laundering?

In the United States, a number of laws have been passed in order to prevent and punish money laundering activities. These laws were initially intended for use in combating the Mafia and other criminal organizations, though the focus subsequently shifted to the war on drugs, and later to anti-terrorist activity. The first such laws arose… Continue Reading »

Pull Over for the Police?

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When the red and blues go on … do yourself a favor and pull over. Getting cited is definitely a better option than being shot, which is what almost happened on Saturday night in Medina, Washington. Saturday, a Medina officer fired his gun at a hit-and-run driver who rammed the officer’s patrol car – never… Continue Reading »