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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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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Chain of Custody in Drug Cases

The police and prosecutors must account for the evidence they seize from you, or that is used against you. In drug cases, the accounting must take place from the moment any drugs are seized, and from the moment there are any chemical evaluations of the drugs. It’s only through an accounting of who handled the…

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2019 Hate Crime Statistics Release by the FBI

Many federal and state crimes are motivated by hate and prejudice. Hate crimes include offenses that are based on bias toward victims because of their race, national origin, gender, sexual preference, disability, religion, and other identity factors. These offenses usually are distinct crimes separate and apart from other offenses. Hate crimes also include standard criminal…

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What Are the Penalties for Shoplifting in Washington?

Shoplifting might sound like a minor crime – slipping something into your pocket and walking away. However, under state law, shoplifting charges are a misdemeanor or even a felony, meaning not only might you have to pay fines and perform community service if convicted, but you may also have to serve jail time. The severity…

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How Does Criminal Forfeiture Work?

The federal government and the State of Washington both have criminal forfeiture laws. The essence of these laws is that if you commit certain crimes, the government may be able to seize some of your property – if there’s reason to believe that property was used in connection with any criminal activity. For example, if…

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What Is A Criminal Defense Attorney & What Do They Do?

There are three primary types of criminal offenses; felonies, misdemeanors, and infractions. Criminal offense classifications are separated from each other by the seriousness of the offense and the punishment someone convicted can receive. In the U.S., every citizen charged with a criminal offense has the right to representation. But what does a criminal defense attorney do?…

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