If it seems like Washington state DUI laws are getting tougher every year, that's because they are. Recently, state lawmakers passed a new DUI law that imposes additional penalties on motorists who are found to be driving drunk with a child in the car.
Will the threat of certain punishment affect the behavior of people on parole? According to a recent pilot project headed by the Seattle Department of Corrections, the answer is yes. The experiment, which was based on Hawaii's Opportunity Probation with Enforcement program, focused on 70 Seattle residents who were serving parole sentences for robbery, assault, domestic violence and other convictions.
An 18-year-old Seattle man who was sentenced for14 burglary and auto theft-related crimes just last month made news again -- much sooner than many might have suspected. As you may already know from local media reports, the man was re-arrested on felony charges for second-degree robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle and trafficking in stolen property related to a string of crimes committed in late Feb. and early March.
To convict a defendant of assault, the state has to prove the person had the intent to commit the crime. It follows then that one of the ways to defend a person who has been charged with assault is to show that they lacked such intent at the time the alleged offense occurred. This week, the attorneys for the Seattle police officer on trial for an alleged assault in Dec. 2010 advanced this same defense.
This post isn't about manslaughter but does involve other types of violent crimes - namely: domestic terrorism and attempted murder. It also has a Seattle connection our readers might find interesting and this was the best place to post about it.
The 56-year-old Washington man convicted on DUI and homicide charges for causing an accident that claimed the life of a Google software engineer in Kirkland received a four-year sentence last week.
Although this arrest did not take place in Washington, it is an interesting look into a unique claim made by a defendant who has been accused of a serious crime. Depending on the outcome of the court proceedings, the case may open the floodgates for similar defense strategies in King County and throughout the state and country.
Earlier this month, the Washington state legislature passed a new bill that will effectively increase the criminal penalties for people who are found guilty of vehicular homicide by DUI. House Bill 2216 will now become a Washington state law, and it will reportedly take effect 90 days after the end of the current legislative session.
Last month, a 20-year-old Seattle woman died after sustaining a gunshot wound to the neck at a house party in Redmond. On Monday of this week, the 21-year-old man accused of shooting her pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter at an arraignment hearing in King County Superior Court.
Experienced criminal defense lawyers do their best to place the facts of any particular case in the light most favorable to the client. As one recent burglary case shows, however, there are times when no amount of lipstick will hide an ugly fact.