Defining “Sexual Exploitation” In Seattle

The words we use when we speak about crimes are important, and especially when we speak about sex crimes. Everyone understands, for example, what the word "rape" means, but what exactly does the term "sexual assault" mean? The phrase actually has different legal definitions in different states. Similarly, everyone knows what it means to "solicit" [...]

By | June 23rd, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

What Is A “VUSCA” Charge In Washington?

Substance abuse is still a major legal and societal problem in the United States. With the emergence of drugs like crack cocaine and Oxycontin over the last several decades, everyone now should know that drug abuse can be devastating. Lawmakers have expanded the drug possession and trafficking laws, which are now quite complicated. Drug crimes [...]

By | April 24th, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

How Does Restitution Work In Washington State?

In the state of Washington, the criminal court system provides two ways that crime victims can obtain reimbursement for the damages they've suffered as the result of a crime. Victims may be reimbursed through the state's crime victim compensation statutes or by a judge's order to a convicted offender to pay restitution. Precisely what is [...]

By | March 29th, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Seattle Is Serious About Hate Crimes

The Seattle Police Department (SPD) Bias Crimes Unit is a model for police agencies around the country in addressing hate crimes. The SPD's immediate response to a report of a hate crime will be dealt with like any other call. However, if you believe a crime was motivated by your protected status (see below), have [...]

By | February 22nd, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

How Washington Courts Determine If You Are An Accomplice, Accessory, Aider, Or Abettor

Lawyers and lawmakers use different terms to describe different levels of criminality or criminal culpability. A person who is involved in a crime might be considered a principal, an accomplice, an accessory before or after the fact, an aider, an abettor, or a conspirator. It hinges on in what way and to what extent the [...]

By | January 27th, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Can The Cops Use “Fake News” To Trick Criminals?

"Fake news" is getting plenty of attention these days. There's a lot of it circulating out there, and in California, even the police are spreading some of it. Political groups blame opposing factions for creating fake news, distributing it through both mainstream and social media, and seeking to influence or change the votes and opinions [...]

By | December 22nd, 2016|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

FAQS Regarding Civil Asset Forfeiture

If you’re driving in Oklahoma, you do not want to get pulled over by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Sixteen OHP troopers now carry a device that allows them to seize money from any prepaid cards that drivers may be carrying. The device is called an “ERAD,” or an Electronic Recovery and Access to Data device, [...]

By | October 21st, 2016|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

What Happens When You are Charged With a Crime in Washington?

Anyone can be charged – even by mistake – with a crime. If you are arrested and charged with a misdemeanor or a felony in the state of Washington, whether you are innocent or guilty as charged, it is important to know as much as possible about the criminal justice process and about what happens [...]

By | July 29th, 2016|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Police vs. Prosecutors: Marijuana Delivery in Seattle

Recreational marijuana has been legal – and strictly regulated – in the state of Washington since January 2013. Although legalization was celebrated by many, it has also created a number of new legal issues that will have to be resolved by the lawmakers and the courts. The legality of marijuana cultivation is one of those [...]

By | June 24th, 2016|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Infographic – The Top 5 Dangerous Cities In Washington

Do you live in one of the most dangerous towns in the state of Washington? This infographic uses FBI data gathered from the last three years to rank the top 5 dangerous towns in the state of Washington and also includes the cities' corresponding violent and property crime rates. If you have been arrested for a criminal matter, [...]

By | May 27th, 2016|Criminal Defense, Infographics|0 Comments