Supreme Court revisits seizures and searches that violate 4th Amendment
This month the United States Supreme Court (USSC) issued a decision the revisits seizure and subsequent searches that violate citizen’s 4th Amendment Right to be free of unreasonable searches. For the last several months the USSC has been affirming our civil rights on the federal level, and in this day and age it is nice to see this jurisprudence.
What Is SR22 Insurance And Why Do I Need It?
SR22 is a form of insurance that proves or guarantees financial responsibility and this comes about by having had a license suspension or revocation imposed by the DOL. The most common method of a license suspension that triggers SR22 is a DUI arrest AND THEN A DOL ACTION THAT FOLLOWED. It is a common misconception of many that once arrest arrested for DUI you IMMEDIATELY suffer a license suspension or revocation.
The Presumption of Innocence
The corner stone of our criminal justice system and the Constitutions of County and States is a simple statement – an accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty, and the proof must also be that which is beyond a reasonable doubt. But that does not seem to be the case when it comes to DUI charges.
2014 DUI Laws Year in Review
2015! I’m a few days date in terms of discussing the New Year and the year in review but better late than never. Time is always of the essence because it feels like you need more, to finish that project or just make it to work on some days. Likewise it takes time to blog and write about the things that matter in my world. With that I will state that it is my new year’s goal to tell you all more about the rule of the law in the DUI world on a more regular basis. So with that promise and with no further delay let me review the busy world of DUI law that was 2014.
Why Are Lawyers So Expensive? Jonathan's Personal Take
A lawyers job, especially a criminal defense lawyers job is to defend the client at all costs. This means personally and professionally, the line between work hours and personal time is dim. In DUI defense not only does a client face jail time, but they face loss of license, loss of employment, loss of family sometimes, skyrocketing insurance rates, Ignition Interlock fees from 90 days to 10 years!
Defendants Right to Counsel in Jeopardy Thanks to Washington Appeals Court
It looks like the Appellant Court Of Washington has struck another blow to the rights of DUI defendant’s, as well as other charged with a crime who have the ability to invoke their right to counsel. Only this time, it is Division Two of the Appeals Court that has seen fit to erode another constitutional right, two right to be precise; The right to counsel and the right to confront witnesses. However, this second violation in this case, the right to confront will be addressed in the future, given the unintended length of this analyses.
Warrantless Searches Justified in Horrible Appeals Court Ruling
Search and Seizure law just took another turn from a constitutional exception to now being protected by the Constitution. Recently, the Washington State Supreme Court reaffirmed the role of Terry Searches. Prior to this case, State Of Washington v. Russell, the Court of Appeals, Division 1-issued a horrendous ruling and analyses in State v. Mecham.
Bellingham DUI Roadside Sobriety Tests Are Admissible But Maybe Not For Long
April of this year Division 1 of the Washington Court of Appeals not only ignored long standing precedent from the United States Supreme Court, but also, precedent from the WA State Supreme Court.