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Frequently Asked Questions About Bail

Q: What is Bail?

A: Traditionally, bail is some form of property deposited or pledged to a court to persuade it to release a suspect from jail, on the understanding that the suspect will return for trial or forfeit the bail (and possibly be brought up on charges of the crime of failure to appear). More recently, it usually refers to a bail bonds.

Q: When is Bail Required?

A: When someone is arrested on a criminal charge they may be held for trial, unless they furnish the required bail as ordered by the court.

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State v. Stoddard, 29928-7-III: State Court of Appeals Confirms Conviction on Assault Charges

On October 18, 2012, the Washington State Court of Appeals for Division Three rejected the arguments of Kyle Stoddard and affirmed his conviction. The Appellant argued that there was insufficient evidence to convict on the charge of Assault in the First, and that all convictions were the result of misconduct in closing arguments.

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Safety Tip: What To Do If Your Car Breaks Down

What to do if your car breaks down, or disabled while you are on the road.

This article is about what to do if you car breaks down on the highway or freeway.

Location of the Car

  1. If your car breaks down in the middle of the road, and you aren't able to get to the side of the road, call 911 or local enforcement. Remain in your car until assistance arrives.
  2. If you can make it to the shoulder or side of the road, try and move the car as far off the road as possible.
  3. Put on your emergency flashers.

What to do after your car is safely off the roadway.

  1. If you are going to have your car towed, wait until the tow vehicle arrives.
  2. If you need to leave the car, do not turn your back to on coming traffic.
  3. Stay aware of your surroundings.
  4. If you leave the car, leave a note on the dash of the car to notify law enforcement.
  5. If you leave your car in an immediate tow zone your car will be towed if you leave the car.

State v. Gresham: Child Molestation Case Determines RCW 10.58.090 To Be Unconstitutional


The Court recently held that because RCW 10.58.090 irreconcilably conflicted with ER 404(b) which governs a procedural matter, RCW 10.58.090 was unconstitutional.

This case was heard with State v. Sherner. In Sherner, the court held that the evidence of prior acts of molestation was admissible for the purpose of demonstrating a common scheme or plan, and the court upheld the conviction.

Mr. Gresham was charged with four counts of child molestation in the 1st degree. This conduct involved one victim with the allegations occurring in 2003.

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