Search And Seizure – Washington St...

In a further clarification of the right to privacy in Washington State, The State Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that “…the search for evidence of the crime-of-arrest does not qualify as an acceptable warrantless search, and they rejected arguments of prosecutors from around the state who warned in pleadings that forcing officers to obtain warrants to search a car after every...
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Trial By Media – Opinion From Seat...

The Trayvon Martin, Robert Bales and Amanda Knox cases show why the search for the truth won’t to be found in the taking of sides based solely on press reports. Regardless of how you perceive these recent high profile cases, and whether your information comes from this side or that, the true resolution of these cases should come within the criminal justice system. As Seattle criminal...

Seattle Defense Lawyer News — Wher...

The Crowley Law Firm PLLC, criminal defense attorneys practicing in Washington State, with offices in Yakima, WA, is well aware of  the defense for clients under the “stand your ground” doctrine. However it came to be may surprise you. An excellent piece from KNDU in Spokane gives this now controversial doctrine some context. “In Washington, it came from our State...

Probation And Parole — New Program...

Washington State is poised to become the first state to have a novel new program for dealing with probation and parole violations. It includes swift and sure justice for offenders of probation or parole but also has shown in the experimental program to reduce drug use and recidivism. Modeled after a program in Hawaii, violators would be subject to immediate arrest and incarceration...
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Juvenile Life Sentences Re-Considered

The Supreme Court heard two cases last week regarding life sentences for juveniles tried as adults for homicides.  The cases  Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs were discussed in oral arguments (you can read an update on the questions the justices asked here). The court has earlier ruled in Graham v. Florida that “life without parole” is unconstitutional for...
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Search And Seizure – Seattle Defen...

The laws regarding search and seizure by police authorities are not always as cut and dried as they may seem. You need a experienced criminal defense lawyer to carefully examine your case and make sure procedures are followed to the letter of the law. Mitch Harrison of The Crowley Law Firm PLLC  just defended in one such case which has culminated in a very positive result for his...
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