Should You Become A Legislator To Avoid Speeding Tickets?

The Washington State Patrol takes the position the Legislators are protected during session and 15 days before the session from being served civil infractions also...

A $20 Fine!?!?! I Am Appealing This To The Court Of Appeals!

State v. Roberts, 73 Wn. App. 141 (1994), https://tinyurl.com/kwts6pwc On May 18, 1990 Terry Roberts, an attorney, was driving on Highway 101 in Thurston county and...

Is a turn signal always required when you turn or change lanes?

In State v. Brown the Washington Supreme Court was asked to answer the question whether or not RCW 46.61.305 requires a driver to use their turn signal...

Is Failing to Appear (Bail Jump) Evidence of Guilt?

            State of Washington Samuel David Obert Slater, 98795, May 20, 2021 Mr. Slater was accused of violating a domestic violence no contact order.  At...

Voting Rights Restoration

Voting is an important part of living in our country.  It gives people the ability to change how the government runs. For years, people convicted of...

Is Cash Only Bail Allowed? Does Bail have to be bondable?

The Court in City of Yakima v. Mollett, 115 Wn. App. 604, 609-10, 63 P.3d 177 (2003 was asked to determine whether CrR 3.2 allows...

PAYSENO v. KITSAP COUNTY, What does Crime Free For Five Years Mean?

https://caselaw.findlaw.com/wa-court-of-appeals/1694923.html RCW 9.41.040 requires that a defendant have five years of crime free behavior before the court will grant a firearm restoration. The issue in this...

Can bail be used to force a defendant to do things other than appear for Court. Can bail be changed from an appearance bond to a performance bond?

State v. Paul, 95 Wn. App. 775 (1999).  http://courts.mrsc.org/appellate/095wnapp/095wnapp0775.htm Anita Paul was required to pay criminal restitution.  When she failed to make the restitution payments she was...

Why will my attorney not give me my discovery? How can I get a copy of the discovery on my case?

Often times and for many different reasons Defendant’s want a copy of their discovery. However, in Washington this may be a challenging situation. You have a right...

Bail Jump? I am not even on Bail!

RCW 9A.76.170 is the Bail Jump Statute.  This statute causes more confusion than probably any other crime.  We previously had a blog about bail jump.  https://blanfordlaw.com/19-frequently-asked-questions-about-bail-jump-rcw-9a-76-170/....