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Everyone with a driver’s license and privilege to drive in their respective state should know that motorists are not permitted to drive while under the influence of alcohol or other impairing drugs. However, a different question arises with regard to restrictions on a passenger who wants to drink alcohol in a car. In most states,… Continue Reading »

As many may now know, Washington State Senators have proposed a bill to lower the state’s legal blood alcohol limit for drivers. Currently it is .08%. They propose lowering the legal limit to .05%. They also have voiced concern over the yearlong backlog of blood tests at the state’s toxicology lab. This is so, because… Continue Reading »

Defending yourself against a criminal charge is no easy matter and is never advised. In order to attempt to represent yourself, one must understand the elements of the crime that you have been charged with and see what defenses you may have against the various elements. You do not need to defend against all of… Continue Reading »

A few weeks back U.S. News & World Report announced that it has elected to change how it ranks law schools. The decision to change came in response to some top schools announcing they were boycotting the magazine’s ranking system. Changes to the rankings system include an increased weight for school-funded fellowships, and student achievements,… Continue Reading »

There are a few legal principles in criminal law that almost every American knows. One of those is a person’s constitutional right to “plead the fifth”. It comes up again and again in Congressional testimony, media reports of ongoing investigations, and in movies and television shows ranging from police procedures to mafia movies. So, what… Continue Reading »

A new judicial precedent in Oregon may eventually extend to Washington. Oregon’s new standard for determining whether potential jurors have been excluded because of their race is called ‘Comparative Juror Analysis’. Comparative Juror Analysis arose out of a case involving prosecutors that dismissed two members of a jury pool because they were the same race… Continue Reading »

When someone intentionally sends an unsolicited sexual image through the internet, it is called “cyber flashing” and this is a form of sexual harassment and abuse. It happens when a sender transmits explicit photos through Wi-Fi, messaging applications, online platforms, Bluetooth, or other file-sharing applications. Online dating apps, where cyber flashers transmit  photos of genitalia,… Continue Reading »

There are all kinds of theft out there. For example, there is retail theft, theft by friends and family, theft by stranger and even work- place theft, which is what this blog highlights this week. Earlier this week three former Oregon Department of Transportation workers were sentenced for a long-running theft and reselling scheme, which… Continue Reading »

One of the questions that often arises in our criminal practice, is what happens when a juvenile commits a criminal offense? If your child ever enters the criminal justice system, he or she may be deemed a “juvenile delinquent.” Juvenile delinquents are minors, usually defined as being between the ages of 10 and 18, who… Continue Reading »

Some scams don’t pan (pay) out. Take for instance a recent scam in California where a man designed thought of the bright idea to fake parking tickets and put them on cars. The citations created actually had QR codes which linked potential victims to a website the man created so that the ‘violators’ could pay… Continue Reading »