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Sex Trafficking Sting Nabs Four Men

LogoSex crime charges are usually defensible in court. Prosecutors must establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and some affirmative defenses might be available as well.

In a Recent Tweet, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best Expressed Apparent Frustration with the City's Jail Release System.

Logo“A business owner reported a property crime, and @SeattlePD arrested the suspect.

Prosecutors Decline to Retry Shooters at Milo Yiannopoulos Event

LogoAfter one jury deadlocked, King County prosecutors said they would not retry Marc and Elizabeth Hokoana, who were charged with assaulting protestor Joshua Dukes at a University of Washington event in January 2017. The State of Washington v. Elizabeth Joy Hokoana, Marc K Hokoana. Superior Court of Washington for King County # 17-C-02989-7 SEA & 17-C-02990-1 SEA

New Study: Hate Crimes Spike in Washington State

LogoHate crimes incidents rose significantly in Washington State overall and in Seattle in particular. However, these charges often do not hold up in court, because the requisite mental state is very hard to prove.

Washington State Governor Signs a Bill to Erase Marijuana Misdemeanors

LogoAccording to a recent article in The Seattle Times, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill pertaining to marijuana convictions. Once the new law takes effect, most people with misdemeanor marijuana convictions will be able to have those convictions erased. To be clear, recreational marijuana is legal in Washington. However, people convicted of marijuana offenses prior to legalization continue to face criminal consequences. Indeed, many Seattle residents must identify themselves as having a criminal record for an offense that is lawful in 2019.

Hate Crimes Spiked in Washington During 2018

LogoA recent report from the Anti-Defamation League confirmed what the FBI said last November.

Washington State Bill Proposes Harsher Penalties for People Who "Patronize" Prostitutes

LogoIn the coming months, there may be some changes coming to Washington state law regarding the penalties for solicitation of prostitution. Under current state law, the punishment for prostitution; the illicit sale of sex, and for solicitation; the illicit buying of sex; are largely similar.

Seattle Police Arrest Nearly a Dozen People in Undercover Anti-Theft Operation

LogoLaw enforcement reports that the broad anti-theft operation used undercover officers from the Major Crimes Task Force Detectives and the North Anti-Crime Team officers. According to information provided by representatives of the Seattle Police, law enforcement obtained information that indicated that shoplifters were repeatedly targeting the Home Depot and Lowe's home improvement stores. Indeed, the information suggested that serious shoplifting was occurring at these two stores on an almost daily basis.

Gun Storage Laws Could Apply in Shooting by Toddler

LogoIf so, the father in the case could end up facing felony criminal charges and a potential jail sentence. According to a February 3, 2019 WKBN news report, the incident occurred as the 27-year-old, eight-months pregnant mother and her boyfriend were laying in bed watching television. Their four-year-old son was also in the room. He retrieved a loaded, unsecured gun that the father kept under the mattress. The toddler pointed the weapon at the mother and pulled the trigger, hitting her in the face. After transportation to the Harborview Medical Center reports of life threatening injuries were discovered. Police have an open investigation to determine charges in accordance with the states newly passed gun storage laws.

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