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26 07, 2021

Drug Possession Now a Misdemeanor Under Washington Law

By |2021-07-26T20:00:40+00:00July 26th, 2021|Drug Crimes, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Drug Possession Now a Misdemeanor Under Washington Law

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed a measure that significantly changes the state’s approach to drug possession. The Gov. signed the law after the Washington Supreme Court struck down Washington's previous possession law as unconstitutional. If you have been charged with a drug crime, it is critical to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney now. [...]

12 05, 2021

Washington’s Child Pornography Laws

By |2021-06-08T00:25:28+00:00May 12th, 2021|Sex Crimes|Comments Off on Washington’s Child Pornography Laws

Washington law makes it a crime for a person to both view and possess child pornography. A child pornography conviction is a felony offense that can be punished by over a year in state prison. If you or someone you know is facing a child pornography charge, it is critical to contact an experienced criminal [...]

12 05, 2021

Federal Law on Child Pornography

By |2021-05-12T00:46:40+00:00May 12th, 2021|Federal Crimes|Comments Off on Federal Law on Child Pornography

Images and depictions of child pornography are not considered protected forms of free speech under the U.S. Constitution. This means they are illegal under both state and federal laws. Federal charges involving child pornography are quite severe and prosecutors often try to punish offenders under the full extent of the law. If you or a [...]

3 03, 2021

Making Statements to Law Enforcement

By |2021-06-08T00:28:04+00:00March 3rd, 2021|Legal Terms/General Issues|Comments Off on Making Statements to Law Enforcement

A person suspected or accused of a crime could choose to try to talk to law enforcement in a criminal case. While a request for a statement could come from police or a prosecutor, a suspect, potential suspect, or accused criminal defendant should never agree to it. Rather, the party should contact a criminal defense [...]

26 01, 2021

Pre-trial Release in Washington State

By |2021-06-08T00:28:15+00:00January 26th, 2021|Legal Terms/General Issues, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Pre-trial Release in Washington State

“Pre-trial release” occurs when someone arrested for a crime is released from jail while his/her trial is pending.  While issues relating to pre-trial release can sometimes be difficult to understand, it is critical that those charged with a crime know their rights when it comes to when they can be released from custody. Please know [...]

13 11, 2020

What is a Drug DUI in Washington?

By |2021-06-08T00:28:24+00:00November 13th, 2020|Drug Crimes|Comments Off on What is a Drug DUI in Washington?

Most people know that driving under the influence of alcohol is a crime under Washington law. It is also an offense, though, for a motorist to drive a vehicle while under the influence of drugs (e.g., marijuana or cocaine). Prosecutors treat drug DUI charges quite seriously. This means it is critical for a person charged [...]

29 10, 2020

Washington’s Laws on Misdemeanor Petty Theft and Felony Theft

By |2021-06-08T00:28:36+00:00October 29th, 2020|Theft|Comments Off on Washington’s Laws on Misdemeanor Petty Theft and Felony Theft

Theft offenses are those that involve the stealing or possession of property that belongs to someone else. Some common examples include: shoplifting, burglary, possession of stolen property, and vehicle theft. These types of crimes can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. The decision about what charge is brought is largely based on [...]

16 10, 2020

No Contact Orders in Washington Domestic Violence Cases

By |2021-06-08T00:28:43+00:00October 16th, 2020|Domestic Violence|Comments Off on No Contact Orders in Washington Domestic Violence Cases

Prosecutors and courts treat domestic violence crimes seriously in Washington State. The term “domestic violence” is generally used to refer to violent acts committed by one family or household member against another or one intimate partner against another. If a domestic violence crime is charged, then the court has the authority to issue a “no [...]

9 09, 2020

Second Degree Manslaughter Under Washington Law

By |2021-06-08T00:28:53+00:00September 9th, 2020|Violent Crimes|Comments Off on Second Degree Manslaughter Under Washington Law

Manslaughter is a separate and distinct crime than the offense of murder. Unlike murder, manslaughter does not require a defendant to have acted with premeditation or an intent to kill. Rather, a person commits the offense if he or she kills another person while acting with “criminal negligence.” A conviction of the crime can bring [...]

25 08, 2020

Washington’s Laws on Manslaughter in the First Degree

By |2021-06-08T00:29:33+00:00August 25th, 2020|Violent Crimes|Comments Off on Washington’s Laws on Manslaughter in the First Degree

Like the crime of murder (either first degree or second degree), manslaughter involves the taking of a person’s life. Unlike murder, though, the offense does not involve premeditation or the intentional killing of a victim. Manslaughter in the first degree, rather, involves a person “recklessly” causing the death of another. The crime is a serious [...]

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