Gun Violence Reduced by GVRU?

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  As is well known by now, gun violence has been a hot topic for several years. Last year, in response to a perceived increase in gun violence, the Seattle Police Department formed a community violence task force to target people responsible for gun violence – the Gun Violence Reduction Unit (“GVRU“). The task force… Continue Reading »

Can I Get An Attorney for Free?

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Even though most people know that a defendant in a criminal case has the right to an attorney, there might be some misconceptions as to whether everyone has the right to free legal help. Especially with limited funding for legal resources, it is important to know whether you can obtain no-cost or low-cost legal representation… Continue Reading »

Appearing in Court?

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  Since the pandemic, video court has become commonplace. Many courts use systems like Zoom or WebEx to conduct court hearings. With this phenomenon, folks have the ability to pretty much be anywhere on earth yet still appear for their hearing. Unfortunately, some court attendees forget that where they are, and how they appear, may… Continue Reading »

Is a Therapist Required to Report My Crime?

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Mental health professionals typically have a duty to maintain doctor patient confidentiality with their clients under HIPAA. This confidentiality covers “privileged communications,” which are discussions between two individuals that involve confidential information. State laws generally recognize a doctor-patient privilege, and this extends to psychotherapists as well. Therefore, in most cases, what you talk about in… Continue Reading »

DUI Law Mods

Earlier this year the Washington State Legislature passed House Bill 1493. The Bill creates some rather significant changes to Washington’s DUI laws. The modifications to the law include changes to Felony DUI charges, Sentencing alternatives for felony DUI convictions, and changes to deferred prosecutions. Generally, DUI’s are considered gross misdemeanor offenses that carry a maximum… Continue Reading »

Why Has Marijuana Been Re-classified?

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

Changes to Hate Crime Law?

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A person is guilty of a hate crime offense if the person maliciously and intentionally commits one of the following acts because of their perception of another person’s race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, or mental, physical, or sensory disability: (a) Assaults another person; (b) Causes physical damage to or destruction of the property of another. Continue Reading »

What Are The Search and Seizure Laws?

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The Fourth Amendment says people have the right to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures. It also states that judges cannot issue a warrant unless probable cause exists. It is not enough that the officer had a reasonable suspicion that a crime had taken place. Law enforcement agents must respect the Fourth Amendment rights… Continue Reading »

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 »