Washington State Court Closures

Posted by Howard Stein | Apr 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

On April 13, 2020 the Washington State Supreme Court has extended  the period of time that state court's will be closed to everyone except for emergency matters. The order now extends through May 4, 2020. If you have a court date between now and  May 4, make sure the court has your current addr...

Our Breath Test Machines Have Problems

Posted by Howard Stein | Nov 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

We are currently challenging the external standard that is suppose to verify that the breath test machine is working properly at the time of the driver's test. These standards are cylinders filled with alcohol in a gaseous state. The manufacturer of the standards has only been testing about one in five of the cylinders that contain the alcohol standard before they send them to our WSP. Low and behold when they started testing and reporting on all of the cylinders they find cylinders that are out of range and therefore not proper for use. It appears that they may have just thrown out the previously discovered bad cylinders and not reported them.

Some Forensic Blood Tests can mistake CBD for THC

Posted by Howard Stein | Oct 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

CBD or cannabidoil is the legal and non intoxicating derivative of marijuana.  It is used to treat pain, inflammation and other maladies including seizure disorders.  But some forensic tests confuse CBD with Tetrahydroacannabinol THC the intoxicating and federally restricted product. It is import...

Being stopped is one thing, fleeing can be a felony

Posted by Howard Stein | Sep 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

It is one thing to be stopped for drinking and driving, which is a civil infraction in the State of Washington,  Fleeing from the police however is a horse of another color and can be a felony!  Of course, this horse is not likely to be talking to the police about who was driving.  https://w...

Plan before you Party

Posted by Howard Stein | Aug 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

DUI Summer Enforcement HIgh Visibility Enforcement Patrols began August 14 and are scheduled to run through September 2 across Washington. Please remind everyone to “Plan Before You Party” by using the resources provided at right.

Big News; Remove Old Convictions From Your Court Record!

Posted by Howard Stein | Jul 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

The law that allows misdemeanors to be removed from a persons record has changed for the better!   If you have an old conviction and you have gone at least three years with no new charges since the successful completion of any probation you may be able to remove one or all of your old conviction...

Wrongful Conviction Results in $21 Million Settlement

Posted by Howard Stein | Feb 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

71-Year-Old California Man Awarded Millions After 39 Years in Prison In 1980, 31-year-old Craig Coley was sentenced to life in prison, without parole, for the murders of 24-year-old Rhonda Wicht and her 4-year-old son Donald. In 2017, Coley was pardoned of the crime and declared innocent by form...

Understanding Washington’s New DUI Law

Posted by Howard Stein | Jan 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

For many years, state lawmakers, awareness groups, and law enforcement officials have been struggling to combat the  number of DUI-related injuries damages and fatalities in Washington.  According to state law, a person can be charged with a DUI offense if their driving is even just the smallest ...

Taking a Closer Look at Private Prisons

Posted by Howard Stein | Sep 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

When Frank Shaw, the warden of the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, took the witness stand, he was unable to guarantee that the prison he oversees was capable of performing its most basic function. When asked if the prison guards were supposed to keep inmates in their cells, Shaw said “The...

What Is a Habitual Traffic Offender?

Posted by Howard Stein | Aug 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

A driver who has any of the following violations within a 5-year period, is considered a habitual traffic offender: Convictions for 3 or more of the offenses listed in RCW 46.65.020(1). Committing or being convicted of 20 or more moving violations listed in WAC 308-104-160. The violations ...

Occupational License & Ignition Interlock License

Posted by Howard Stein | Aug 09, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you recently had your license suspended in Washington, you are undoubtedly experiencing a difficult time, especially if you have no other means of traveling to work. Thankfully, the state provides two forms of hardship licenses to ensure drivers with suspended licenses still have the means to ...

What Are My Rights as a Protestor?

Posted by Howard Stein | Jul 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Protestors' Rights in Washington State There is much confusion regarding citizens' rights when protesting or joining a demonstration. In order to make your protest safe and maximally effective, it is essential to understand your rights and any legal restrictions that pertain to the nature of you...

Jailhouse Campaign Debate

Posted by Howard Stein | Jul 06, 2018 | 0 Comments

Usually it is district attorneys who get to question those in trouble with the law: What were you doing on this night? Why did you commit the act? Are you remorseful? However, the tables were turned at a debate for six candidates trying to become Boston's chief prosecutor. The unusual scene took...

Why We Need To End the Injustice of Bail

Posted by Howard Stein | May 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Today, most people accused of committing a felony have to post bail in order to avoid jail time, according to a report from the Color of Change and the ACLU. Low-income communities of color are the ones hit hardest by bail. Nearly 450,000 people that are in jail have not been convicted of a crim...

Redmond's New Community Court Program

Posted by Howard Stein | May 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Redmond has a new diversion court that will help low-level offenders reconnect with their community. As an alternative to jail time, the new Community Court program seeks to connect participants with resources to address the underlying reasons for their involvement with the justice system. The c...

New DUI Laws & What They Could Mean for You

Posted by Howard Stein | Oct 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Our firm tenaciously defends the rights of clients charged with DUI in the state of Washington. Recently, there has been some legislative changes that relate to blood drawing at the scene of an arrest, as well as other factors related to DUI penalties. We want clients to be informed of their righ...

Consent Laws Are Once Again Brought into the Spotlight

Posted by Howard Stein | Oct 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

The viral video of a Utah police officer forcefully detaining a nurse for refusing to take blood from an unconscious patient, has caught the attention of news outlets across the nation. In the video, we see Alex Wubbels, a nurse at the University of Utah Hospital, being shoved out of the building...

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