The right to own and carry a firearm is under fierce debate throughout the country. As it currently stands, residents of Washington have few restrictions on ownership, but openly carrying or having a concealed weapon is another matter. In certain situations, owning a gun or carrying in certain places could result in felony criminal charges,… Read More


Theft crimes in Washington can vary depending on the circumstances of the crime and the amount of money or property involved. Ranging from shoplifting to more serious crimes, such as armed robbery, they require a strong legal defense to protect you against potentially serious legal penalties. Shoplifting and Other Types of Theft Under Section 9A.56.020… Read More


Charges of domestic violence often arise during divorce, child custody, and other types of family court proceedings. Those accused can face serious criminal penalties, including fines and jail time, in addition to being denied rights to their home or property and facing restrictions in terms of being able to see their children. Domestic Violence Charges… Read More


As a criminal defense attorney who has been practicing in the area for almost twenty-five years – and having lived on Lake Sammamish for seventeen years as an avid wake surfer – I am regularly asked by friends and neighbors about boating statutes, rules and regulations. With a sunny and hot summer approaching I can… Read More


The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that no person “shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.” This phrasal component of the Fifth Amendment gives rise to the “right to remain silent,” which has become an integral part of Miranda warnings given to arrestees.   Miranda warnings… Read More


A person is entitled to a reasonable expectation of privacy within his own place of residence, among other places. Courts are extremely protective of the home along with the privacy citizens are entitled to therein. For the government to intrude into the inner sanctum of the domicile, one of three things is required: a warrant… Read More


In each of the 50 states, legal provisions are in place to allow citizens to defend themselves from unlawful attack by another. Self-defense is a legal right derived from the body of natural law upon which constitutional rights are based, but it comes with strict caveats. This subject area is endless with possibilities, nuances, and… Read More


Police responding to a scene of reported criminal activity or responding in observance of in-view criminal activity are empowered with a measure of discretion in choosing whether to arrest or cite in response to criminal activity. In other words, police are not necessarily bound with the absolute mandate to arrest or write a ticket to… Read More


Criminal charges contain elements. These elements are conditions that, in part, define prohibited behavior and must be satisfied in order for charges to lead to a conviction for any given set of actions carried out by a citizen. In other words, an element is a subcomponent of a criminal offense, and each element must be… Read More


When a crime occurs, police become informed by citizens who call either 911 for emergencies, recently committed crimes, and crimes in progress, or who call non-emergency police numbers for cold crimes. When calls are received, trained police dispatchers gather information from the caller. When a crime is in progress or recently committed, dispatchers will ask… Read More