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Washington’s Electronic Surveillance Leads to Reversal of Attempted Murder Conviction

In an important new ruling from the Washington Court of Appeals that shows just how broad the state’s electronic surveillance law is, the appeals court threw out an attempted murder conviction against a husband whose threats to kill his wife were accidentally recorded on a cell phone’s voicemail application. Even though no third person was [...]

By | 2016-11-30T15:02:30+00:00 November 30th, 2016|Assault, Domestic Violence, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Washington’s Electronic Surveillance Leads to Reversal of Attempted Murder Conviction

Recent Washington Case Again Shows: Don’t Make a Statement to Police Without Counsel When You’re a Suspect

A famous song from the 1960s, borrowing from Jewish and Christian scriptures, states that there is a “time to every purpose under heaven.” Encounters with police can be like that. Which is to say, when interacting with the police, there is a time to be very forthcoming, and there is a time to refrain from [...]

By | 2016-11-18T11:19:59+00:00 November 18th, 2016|Assault, Domestic Violence, Drug Charges, DUI, Federal, Firearms, General Defense Info, Self Defense, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Recent Washington Case Again Shows: Don’t Make a Statement to Police Without Counsel When You’re a Suspect

Lack of Individualized Assessment Leads to Reversal of Monetary Penalty in Washington Domestic Violence Case

A recent decision from the Washington Court of Appeals once again highlights the importance of trial courts’ following proper procedures before they impose non-mandatory legal financial obligations, or LFOs, on criminal defendants. Washington law requires courts to make a customized inquiry specific to the defendant standing trial, in which the court assesses the defendant’s ability [...]

By | 2016-10-26T12:23:32+00:00 October 26th, 2016|Domestic Violence, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Lack of Individualized Assessment Leads to Reversal of Monetary Penalty in Washington Domestic Violence Case

Washington Supreme Court Upholds Man’s Domestic Violence Conviction for Detaining Ex-Girlfriend

When you are attempting to overturn a conviction in a criminal case, based upon an error by the trial judge in admitting evidence, there are multiple hurdles you must clear. You must not only prove that the judge made a mistake but also prove that the mistake had a “reasonable probability” of altering the outcome. [...]

By | 2016-09-22T12:26:53+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|Domestic Violence, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Washington Supreme Court Upholds Man’s Domestic Violence Conviction for Detaining Ex-Girlfriend

Soccer Star’s Domestic Violence Case to Go Forward in Washington

The complex case of an alleged incident of domestic violence in which famed soccer star Hope Solo was accused of being the abuser is once again on track to go forward after the Washington Court of Appeals refused to undo a Superior Court decision that revived the case, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported. The misdemeanor case, [...]

By | 2016-09-14T14:09:26+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Domestic Violence, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Soccer Star’s Domestic Violence Case to Go Forward in Washington

Domestic Violence Charge in Washington – Plea Bargain Might Be Mistake

One of the proclaimed hallmarks of the United States, including Washington’s, judicial system is the fact that everyone is innocent until they are proven guilty. This applies to all people. So this applies to any accused person no matter what they are accused of. So this should apply to people accused of domestic violence. However, [...]

By | 2016-06-23T14:04:09+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|Assault, Domestic Violence, Firearms, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Domestic Violence Charge in Washington – Plea Bargain Might Be Mistake

Tacoma Man’s Domestic Violence Conviction Overturned Because Trial Court Improperly Limited Evidence of Self-Defense

When you’re facing a criminal domestic violence charge, there are many things that may go into your defense. If you took physical action because you reasonably feared for your safety and used only as much force as necessary, you may have a valid defense of self-defense. In a recent case from Tacoma, the Washington Court [...]

By | 2016-06-16T12:27:33+00:00 June 16th, 2016|Assault, Domestic Violence, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Tacoma Man’s Domestic Violence Conviction Overturned Because Trial Court Improperly Limited Evidence of Self-Defense

Examination of Male Domestic Violence Victims Remaining Silent, Part III

No one should live in fear. No one deserves to be abused. No one asks for domestic violence. Victims need to be helped and protected. These are platitudes that are now generally accepted by the public. This is good because they are true. However, there is an unspoken societal caveat to these statements. Society quite [...]

By | 2016-05-24T15:54:47+00:00 May 24th, 2016|Domestic Violence, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Examination of Male Domestic Violence Victims Remaining Silent, Part III

Examination of Male Domestic Violence Victims Remaining Silent, Part II

This is a continuing examination of an issue that has only recently been being given any consideration. Everyone knows there are victims of domestic violence – the media has made certain that everyone is aware of the problem. This is a good thing. It is a problem and that everybody needs to be aware of [...]

By | 2016-05-23T11:03:54+00:00 May 23rd, 2016|Domestic Violence, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Examination of Male Domestic Violence Victims Remaining Silent, Part II