Recent Posts in 2015

  • Jury Selection
    One of the fundamental rights of an individual charged with a crime is the opportunity to have their case heard by a panel of their peers – typically ...
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  • When Criminal Law and Civil Law Overlap: Felonies
    A previous blog post highlighted a few misdemeanor offenses which may also create liability in the civil realm. Many felonies also result in civil ...
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  • Jail and Competency
    In April 2015, Judge Pechman of the United States District Court in the Western District of Washington issued a landmark decision in a lawsuit brought ...
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  • Medical Marijuana - Drastic Changes Coming
    The state of Washington has always been on the forefront of change on the legalization of marijuana. There have been several changes to medical ...
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  • Social Media and Criminal Justice
    As the prevalence of social media grows in society so does the impact of social media on the courtroom. There have been a series of highly publicized ...
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  • Closing Argument Misconduct
    On January 22, 2015, the Washington State Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion holding defendant’s right to a fair trial had been violated when ...
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  • Current News in DUI Law
    The crime of driving under the influence (DUI) is unique in that it carries mandatory minimum penalties for jail, financial penalties, alcohol/drug ...
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  • Modern Day Debtors Prisons
    When people hear the phrase “debtors’ prison” images of an archaic and unjust system from the 1800’s when individuals were jailed for their inability ...
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