New DUI Laws in 2022

On January 1, 2022, the State of Washington will enact new laws related to DUI sentencing. These laws give the judge more flexibility when sentencing on DUIs with the mandatory minimum laws in Washington. First Offense – House Arrest Option The court will now be able to order house arrest or the 24/7 sobriety program … Read more

Washington Supreme Court Invalidates Possession of Controlled Substance Convictions

Drug Possession Convictions are Invalid In a landmark opinion, the Washington Supreme Court in State v. Blake ruled that the law prohibiting possession of controlled substances in unconstitutional and those convicted may be eligible to have their conviction invalidated. The reasoning behind the opinion is that the law did not require the state to prove … Read more

Clark County, WA Courts Affected by COVID-19 Coronavirus

How Clark County Courts are Affected by Coronavirus COVID-19 District Court Issues Emergency Order This morning Clark County issued new guidelines for court operations during the Coronavirus outbreak. Clark County District Court has suspended most of their proceedings. Those with current pending charges who have a court date in March or April will have their … Read more

Clark County Blood Draw Pilot Program

Clark County Sheriffs Begin Drawing Blood in DUI Investigations KATU News interviewed me for their story on Clark County’s new blood draw DUI program. When someone is arrested for DUI, Washington law enforcement has the option of drawing and testing the suspect’s blood to determine whether there are drugs or alcohol present. This typically happens … Read more

Assault 4 DV Is Now A Felony

Assault 4 DV Is Now a Felony Crime   Assault 4 DV is a common charge brought by prosecutors in Washington.  It is the lowest level domestic violence assault and often minor altercations can lead to an arrest for this charge.  As of July 2017, this same charge can be filed as a felony.  RCW … Read more

Deferred Prosecution for Mental Health Issues

Deferred Prosecution is a program available to those charged with misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor crimes in Washington. RCW Chapter 10.05 lays out the framework for the program.  The program allows a defendant to avoid a conviction and its penalties by entering into and successfully completing the program.  The defendant has to state under oath that … Read more

Immigration Arrests and Criminal Records

Immigration Arrests and Criminal Records Since the new administration has increased the enforcement of immigration laws, it is more important than ever to up your criminal record if you are not a U.S. Citizen.  Washington law allows you to clean up your criminal record by vacating your criminal history.  Vacating a conviction withdraws your guilty plea … Read more

New DUI Laws for June 2016

New DUI Laws for 2016 The Washington State Legislature has passed two new bills that further increase penalties for DUIs.  Over the past few years Washington has created more aggressive laws to punish DUI offenders than virtually any other state, these two laws will further that trend. The first bill increases the classification of a … Read more