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…

FIGHTING THE DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING
201811.12
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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…

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…

The Beginning of the End of the All White Jury?
201804.23
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The Beginning of the End of the All White Jury?

In brief, here’s how jury selection works: Potential jurors are assigned numbers prior to entering the courtroom. The lower your number, the more likely you are to be picked for a jury because if you are not bumped for cause or a preemptory challenge, and if there are still seats on the panel and there…

The need to decriminalize some forms of Theft
201701.13
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The need to decriminalize some forms of Theft

Last year, the Law Office of Chris Van Vechten represented a 22 year old client with no prior criminal history who was charged with stealing $5.99 worth of nail polish from a Walmart in Tacoma.  The client didn’t even make it out of the store before security stopped her…so the merchandise was fully recovered and presumably…