Trial by Jury Must Survive the Pandemic.
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Trial by Jury Must Survive the Pandemic.

On March 20, 2020, the Supreme Court of the State of Washington suspended the right to trial by jury until after April 24, 2020.  Their reasons for doing so seemed to be exclusively derived from the orders of Governor Inslee, who at the time had barred gatherings of more than 50 people; and the Center…

This drug test can’t tell the difference between menstrual cramp medication and crack cocaine.  Police use it anyway.
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This drug test can’t tell the difference between menstrual cramp medication and crack cocaine. Police use it anyway.

Probable cause for a warrantless arrest exists when facts and circumstances within the arresting officer’s knowledge are sufficient to cause a person of reasonable caution to believe that a crime has been committed.  State v Huff, 64 Wn. App. 641, 826 P.2d 698 (1992).  But in the context of warrantless drug arrests, the officer’s training…

The Family and Offender Sentencing Alternative: Our Most Under-Utilized Tool in the War on Crime
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The Family and Offender Sentencing Alternative: Our Most Under-Utilized Tool in the War on Crime

WHAT IS A PARENTING SENTENCING ALTERNATIVE?  In 2010, the Washington State Legislature Passed SSB 6639, creating what is called the Parenting Sentencing Alternative.  The law allows some nonviolent offenders who are parents of minor children the opportunity to either (1) avoid going to prison or (2) transfer from incarceration in order to parent their children….

PIERCE COUNTY’S HIGH PRIORITY OFFENDER SCAM
201901.22
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PIERCE COUNTY’S HIGH PRIORITY OFFENDER SCAM

In 2016, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office launched a new division called the High Priority Offender Unit (HPO for short).  The idea was that prosecutors would use data from a defendant’s prior criminal history to assess whether this defendant is – compared to other criminal defendants –  disproportionately committing crimes within the community.  Once a…

FIGHTING THE DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING
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FIGHTING THE DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING

There are many times when the Department of Licensing will be called by the State to assist in the prosecution of your case, particularly for crimes like driving with a suspended license or operating a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock device.  On the surface, these cases seem like slam dunks for the State.  Here’s…

Indecent Exposure: The Naked Truth
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Indecent Exposure: The Naked Truth

Indecent Exposure is one of the more unusual crimes in the prosecutor’s arsenal, but in the age of #MeToo and Donald Trump, it is increasingly being filed along with more serious charges.   Defined by RCW 9A.88.010 (1) A person is guilty of indecent exposure if he or she intentionally makes any open and obscene…

Bail Jumping
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Bail Jumping

For practical purposes, an over simplification of bail jumping is merely failing to show up to court when ordered to do so. You don’t need to actually be out on “bail” to be guilty of bail jumping. Bail Jumping is one of the stranger and more abused offenses because bail jumping can constitute anything from…