Yearly Archives: 2024

New travel restrictions for Dogs

New CDC rules in place for those who travel abroad with their dog; the new rules take effect Aug. 1, 2024. Continue Reading »

What Are the New Changes in the Marijuana Laws?

The Biden Administration recently announced that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will move to reclassify marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule III under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The move comes just one and a half years after President Biden initially announced that he was urging the Secretary of Health and Human Services and… Continue Reading »

A Change in the DUI Law?

On January 1, 2026, a new section to RCW 46.61 will take effect. The section pertains to law enforcement being able to obtain oral fluids in the DUI setting. Section 33 reads: (1) Any law enforcement agency utilizing oral fluid roadside information as part of the enforcement of driving under the influence laws must ensure… Continue Reading »

Can I Appeal My Plea Bargain?

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The majority of criminal cases are resolved short of trial due to a plea bargain. When entering a guilty or no contest plea, you effectively give up your right to appeal the sentence, absent an egregious error by your attorney or the trial judge. The U.S. Supreme Court has consistently held that a defendant can… Continue Reading »

Can stealing lead to prison time?

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  Theft, if caught, can result in many different outcomes, as the punishment for such an act is contingent on the value of the item(s) stolen. But when the federal government gets involved, things can really get ugly. Take for instance a recent mail theft case out of Seattle. In that matter, a 27-year-old man… Continue Reading »

What Are Miranda Rights?

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The Miranda rights you often hear recited come from the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona. The Supreme Court’s rulings in Miranda and later cases require law enforcement officers to inform suspects in police custody of their constitutional rights before questioning them. The Miranda warning apprises the suspect of the following: 1) You have the right to… Continue Reading »

Plea to Reduced Charge?

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Last month a report came out indicating that a good number of King County sexual assault cases (roughly 60%) resulted in defendants pleading down to lesser charges, a good number of which were to crimes other than sexual assault. The issue or concern related to this phenomenon was the length of time vicitm’s had to… Continue Reading »

What is a Writ of Habeas Corpus?

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A writ of habeas corpus is a court order that demands that a public official deliver an imprisoned person to the court and show good cause for their detention. The writ allows a prisoner to challenge the legality of their confinement. Habeas corpus has roots in English common law. It translates to “you should have the… Continue Reading »

Language Barrier Solution?

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In February of this year it was divulged that the King County Sheriff’s Office has plans to develop and implement a language access program. This announcement was made after a complaint was filed with the Department of Justice and United States Attorney’s Office against the King County Sheriff’s Office and Burien Police Department, alleging discrimination… Continue Reading »

What Is Rape? What Is Sexual Assault?

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Sexual assault and rape are complex terms that can often be used interchangeably. However, there is often a legal distinction between the two. Generally, rape is sexual assault, but sexual assault is not always rape. Both are grave offenses with profound impacts on victims, yet they differ in legal definitions and the nature of the… Continue Reading »