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SURPRISE! YOU’RE ON PROBATION AND GOING TO JAIL (BUT WE CAN HELP)

By James J. White, Directing Attorney at Smith & White, PLLC. It can be bad enough you did not realize you were on probation. But many cases do have a “stealth” probation. You do not have a probation officer, you do not need to do anything affirmative for the court, yet you are still on [...]

By | 2018-01-23T17:59:57+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|General Defense Info, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Have Your Lawyer Hold Your Money

Crime bosses always seem to have plenty of money.  I’m trying to think of one movie or series where the crime boss ran out of money.  Since he has plenty of money he always has the best lawyers.  I’ve been doing this 20 years.  If I’ve ever had a crime boss for a client he [...]

By | 2017-07-17T03:03:08+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Drug Charges, Federal, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Residential DOSA help for Opiate Epidemic

There has been plenty of press about the opiate epidemic that has swept the United States.  CDC opioid death statistics.  How the doctors neglect to warn people about the addictive properties of the painkillers which they are liberally prescribing and whether the FDA should approve such addictive substances to begin with are the subject for [...]

You’ve Been Pulled Over for a DUI, Now What…

    Contrary to popular belief, in Washington a police officer cannot simply pull you over based on a “hunch”; there has to be a viable cause, or what is referred to as “reasonable suspicion” for the stop. Be it a minor traffic violation such as running a red light or perhaps an even lesser [...]

By | 2017-03-30T18:21:10+00:00 March 30th, 2017|DUI, General Defense Info, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Washington Man Gets $500 LFO Thrown Out in Judgment in Assault Case

In criminal cases in Washington, there are several elements against which you must defend if you’re accused of a crime. One of these is the imposition of a legal financial obligation (LFO) or monetary cost. In order to be obligated to pay, however, the court must provide a statute that specifically authorizes the LFO. In [...]

By | 2016-12-30T14:13:47+00:00 December 30th, 2016|Assault, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Washington Man Gets $500 LFO Thrown Out in Judgment in Assault Case

Lesser Included Offenses, Jury Instructions, and Getting Your Conviction Overturned in Washington

A recent opinion from the Washington Court of Appeals offers an important reminder about the significance of lesser included offenses in a criminal trial. In this recent case, a man was able to get a conviction overturned because fourth-degree assault was a lesser included offense, but the trial judge refused to give the jury the [...]

By | 2016-12-21T13:58:18+00:00 December 21st, 2016|Assault, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Lesser Included Offenses, Jury Instructions, and Getting Your Conviction Overturned in Washington

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