DUI Defense in Washington vs. Oregon

Being so close to Oregon, it is not uncommon to drive over the state line for everyday activities. Maybe you’re visiting friends to watch the football game, having dinner with family, or enjoying a night out on the town down in Portland. However, a night of fun can lead to some unfortunate situations, and if…

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How Does a Negligent Security Claim Work?

When an individual visits a mall, store, restaurant, hotel, bar, or any other type of establishment, they typically believe that they will be safe and harm-free the entire time. However, if the owner has not taken proper measures to protect the people who visit their property and someone ends up injured or hurt, the victim…

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New Law Allows People to Sue Gun Manufacturers

With the new year come and gone, California has passed a new law that will allow for state residents, as well as tourists, to file lawsuits against gun manufacturers. With mass shootings at schools, grocery stores, nightclubs, movie theaters, and so on, this new law perhaps takes the right step in mitigating further tragedies. While…

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What Defenses Are Used in Burglary Cases in Washington State?

Burglary offenses in Washington State are felonies. That means if you’re convicted of a burglary charge, you will likely be sentenced to prison for a long time. You will have to pay large penalties. When you are released from prison, you will likely find it very difficult to find a place to live or to…

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Crimes With Unintended Consequences

There’s a wonderful new book by Amor Towles called Lincoln Highway. In the story two adolescents fight. One teenager falls backward, trips over a cable, strikes his head on a concrete block, and dies nearly two months later. The adolescent who struck the fatal blow is then sentenced to a state work farm. The warden…

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New Criminal Justice Laws Affecting Washington State in 2022

As attorneys, we always pay close attention to any new laws being passed in Washington State, especially when they can potentially affect the lives of the people we help. Nine new laws that were passed in Washington last year go into effect now, in 2022. While many of the news laws concern civil matters such…

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Criminal Justice Reforms by Progressive Prosecutors

Most county, city, and state district attorneys across Washington and the country were former prosecutors. Prosecutors represent the state by trying defendants for the crimes they’ve been charged with violating. It’s the rare exception for a public defender to be elected as a district attorney. Yet, in Philadelphia, former public defender and civil rights attorney…

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Possible Drunk-Driving Legislation for 2021

Advanced alcohol detection devices aren’t new. They are commonly called Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs). Drivers who are convicted of driving while intoxicated in Washington are generally required to install IID devices on their vehicles. The IID device tests the driver before he/she starts the car. The driver is also required to use the IID device…

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