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Excessive force refers to situations where government officials are legally entitled to use force to exceed the minimum amount necessary to diffuse an incident or to protect themselves or others from harm. This can come up in different contexts, such as when handling prisoners or even during military operations. When it involves law enforcement, especially… Continue Reading »

Has the door for suing the government for malicious prosecution been blown wide open? Some say yes due to a recent United States Supreme Court ruling. In that ruling the court paved the way for a Brooklyn man to sue the NYPD after he was falsely arrested for resisting arrest in a child molestation related… Continue Reading »

If you are under arrest or stopped by the police, the law provides certain safeguards to govern and protect your encounter with law enforcement. While citizens have civil rights protections that address police misconduct such as false arrests or excessive force, the law also protects the officers making the arrest or the stop. When police… Continue Reading »

Domestic Violence victim’s rights have been slightly expanded in Washington State, as Governor Inslee signed into law a bill (SB 5612) that gives domestic violence victims, and/or their survivors, the right to make a statement during sentencing hearings. The new law goes into effect on June 9, 2022. Previously the right to speak at sentencing… Continue Reading »

Child abuse is a serious crime and in many cases could be charged as a felony. In Washington, child abuse, neglect, and abandonment fall under the general chapter of “criminal mistreatment” in the state’s criminal code. It’s important to note, however, that child abuse is also addressed in the state’s domestic relations title. As in… Continue Reading »

As luck would have it for those financially challenged, the Seattle Municipal Court is now offering hearings for low-income people who cannot afford to pay their court debt for overdue infraction fines and fees. The hearing permits for an opportunity to explain a person’s financial situation and ask that their fines be reduced and/or removed… Continue Reading »

Under the law, we are generally allowed to defend ourselves when threatened by another person, but self-defense laws vary with each jurisdiction. For example, some states have “stand your ground laws” while others require a person to retreat before using force. There are also some states that combine these two ideas by following the “castle… Continue Reading »

Bus lanes, bus lanes, bus lanes … avoid those bus lanes. In three Seattle corridors there will be a price to pay if one elects to enter the bus lane because there is now a new camera-enforcement program and it just may spread citywide. The cameras went live earlier this month and are located on… Continue Reading »

Victims of domestic violence are often times threatened by a perpetrator through the use of guns and other deadly weapons. The Lautenberg Amendment, known as the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban, amended the Gun Control Act of 1968 to prohibit anyone convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor from possessing a firearm. While state domestic gun… Continue Reading »

The times are a-changin’ in Seattle, as the new Seattle City Attorney – Ann Davison – is getting down right aggressive coming out of the proverbial gates; her office has formed a partnership with both the King County Jail and the Seattle police to reduce, and even eradicate, repeat offender crime. The effort is encapsulated… Continue Reading »