Should A Jury Know Your Immigration Status? Washington State Says No

If you are placed on trial for a crime in the state of Washington, or if you're asked to testify at a trial, and you are in the United States without documentation, should a jury know your immigration status? If you or someone you love is in the United States without documentation – particularly in [...]

By | December 16th, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Can Police In Washington Legally Search Your Phone?

In the state of Washington, can a police officer search your cell phone? Like everything else in the law, the answer is "It depends." In some circumstances, the police may search your cell phone, but in others, they may not. What is the law, and what have the courts determined regarding cell phone searches? Keep [...]

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

Washington’s Cyberbullying Laws

Bullies will probably always be a fixture in our schools and on our playgrounds, but when bullies go online to commit cyberbullying, in most states, they will be breaking the law. Keep reading to learn how lawmakers across the country are responding to the growing concerns about cyberbullying, how to deal with cyberbullying if it [...]

By | October 17th, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Should Washington State Bring Back Parole?

If you are accused of any crime in the state of Washington, you should understand precisely what criminal penalties you may be facing, and you should also know the difference between parole and probation. Many people in Washington may not realize that, in the strictest legal sense, there is no such thing as parole in [...]

By | September 18th, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

What Is Deferred Prosecution?

In the state of Washington, if you are charged with driving under the influence, one way to keep the charge off your record may be a "deferred prosecution." A deferred prosecution happens when the state agrees to withhold the prosecution of a DUI defendant in return for that defendant's pledge to complete a two-year alcohol, [...]

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

How To Deal With A Warrant in King County, WA

When someone is arrested by a King County law enforcement officer who does not have an arrest warrant, that person has probably committed a crime that the officer observed directly. Most arrests for driving under the influence, for example, are made without arrest warrants. In many cases, however, if no officer observes a crime being [...]

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

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