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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...

Odor of Intoxicants and DUI

Posted by Howard Stein | Feb 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

A slew of recent studies published in medical journals have been focusing on the effectiveness and administration of standard the standard procedures used to determine if someone has been driving while intoxicated. One study published in 1999 looked at the accuracy of a police officer's ability t...

Washington State Supreme Court Round-Up

Posted by Howard Stein | Feb 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Washington State Supreme Court has had a busy term. In what many are lauding as a huge step for 1stAmendment Rights, the Court recently issued an opinion overturning a conviction for Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer. In the original case, a 17-year old boy was charged and convicted of Ob...

Debunking the Grand Jury

Posted by Howard Stein | Jun 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

There is a lot of confusion around what a grand jury does, which is understandable as much of the grand jury process takes place behind closed doors. Unlike other court proceedings, which in most cases are required to be open to the public, grand juries are not open to the public. Even more shock...

Juvenile Sentencing Reform

Posted by Howard Stein | Mar 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Barry Massey was 14 when he was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the aggravated murder of Paul Wang. Mr. Massey was only 13 when he and an accomplice plotted to rob the Steilacoom Marina. The location had been specifically targeted based on the juvenile's observation that i...

Tea Leaves & Gardening Store Visit Lead to Search

Posted by Howard Stein | Mar 02, 2016 | 0 Comments

The catalyst for recent changes in Kansas state law is a highly publicized case from 2012 which has recently been brought back to the media's attention due to recent court rulings. In 2012, the Hartes' home was raided as part of a multistate marijuana enforcement operation. Police in swat gear, t...

Prison

Posted by Howard Stein | Jan 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Several years ago the news media was full of stories about America's privatization of prisons. Numerous major media outlets ran coverage on an issue with vocal proponents and opponents coming from diverse and varied backgrounds. Politicians were even bringing the issue on the campaign trail with ...

Jury Nullification

Posted by Howard Stein | Jan 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

An unusual case out of Denver, Colorado has brought the long debated idea of jury nullification back into the news media limelight. Two men in Denver were charged with multiple counts of jury tampering for passing out flyers on jury nullification outside of a Denver courthouse. Jury tampering cha...

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