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Washington Court Affirms Trial Judge’s Refusal to Issue Self-Defense Instruction in Assault-on-Cop Charge

In criminal law, there are certain issues in which the defendant’s state of mind or knowledge are vitally important matters to determining his level of guilt. In other areas, the defendant’s mental state is completely irrelevant. This distinction is what unraveled one Navy seaman’s defense against a charge of assault on a police officer. The [...]

By | 2016-12-13T10:56:13+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Assault, Self Defense, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Washington Court Affirms Trial Judge’s Refusal to Issue Self-Defense Instruction in Assault-on-Cop Charge

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

The Evidence You Need for a Self-Defense Instruction in Washington

A spilled beer at a bar escalated to a physical conflict and ultimately led to a customer’s stabbing of a guard. In the customer’s assault trial, he argued unsuccessfully for a jury instruction about self-defense. The Washington Court of Appeals upheld the decision not to issue the instruction. The law requires the defendant to have [...]

By | 2016-11-14T09:39:43+00:00 November 14th, 2016|Assault, Self Defense, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Evidence You Need for a Self-Defense Instruction in Washington

Washington Court of Appeals Reverses Conviction Due to Lack of Jury Instruction on Self-Defense

If you or a friend or relative has been accused of a crime, there are many things about which to concern yourself in the criminal trial. One of these is ensuring that your case includes all of the defenses allowed by the law, possibly including self-defense. You are entitled to request that your jury receive [...]

By | 2016-11-06T15:27:38+00:00 November 6th, 2016|General Defense Info, Self Defense, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Washington Court of Appeals Reverses Conviction Due to Lack of Jury Instruction on Self-Defense

Self-Defense and Jury Instructions in Assault Cases in Washington

A recent case involving an alcohol-fueled quarrel that devolved into a knife attack, while yielding an outcome unfavorable to the woman accused of assault, offers some helpful information on the law of self-defense in assault cases. The Washington Court of Appeals decision, which upheld the set of jury instructions the trial judge gave before the [...]

By | 2016-10-17T15:42:03+00:00 October 17th, 2016|Assault, Self Defense, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Self-Defense and Jury Instructions in Assault Cases in Washington