The Ellensburg Municipal Court, and Lower Kittitas County District Courts

The Ellensburg Municipal Court, and Lower Kittitas County District Courts are a little unusual.  Both are separate courts, but are in the same building.  They...

Washington Supreme Court Declares Drug Possession Statute Unconstitutional. The City of Marysville recriminalizes drug possession.

As we have previously discussed, the Supreme Court of Washington declared the possession statute unconstitutional as it lacks a mens rea requirement  https://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/pdf/968730.pdf. The simple...

Those are not my Pants!?!?!?!? Are they your drugs? Washington Supreme Court finds RCW 69.50.401(3) Unconstitutional.

In 2016, police in Spokane executed a search warrant.  The police were seeking evidence of stolen cars.  They arrested three people.  As they were being booked into the...

Tacoma Municipal Court

The Tacoma Municipal Court is inside the County City Building in Tacoma.  It is a separate court.  If you need to reach the Tacoma Municipal...

Roslyn Municipal Court, Cle Elum Municipal Court, and Upper Kittitas County Courts

The Roslyn Municipal Court, Cle Elum Municipal Court, and Upper Kittitas County courts are a little unusual.  All three are separate courts, but are in...

Hey, that’s not fair!

         It has happened to all of us.  The Court orally rules, and then you receive the written order.  The written order does not seem...

When can a District Court issue a bench warrant? When is a defendant’s presence really necessary?

State of Washington v. Mark Gelinas, November 16, 2020. State v. Gelina is an appeal about whether the District Court had the authority to issue...

State v. Stoddard, 29928-7-III, Golden Rule and Assault

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...

When is a Officer’s Speedometer Admissible to Prove you were speeding?

Spokane v. Knight 96 Wash. 403 (1917) The defendant was disputing his speeding ticket. The defendant argued that Venue (the place the incident occurred) was...

What to Do When You Miss Court in Pierce County Superior Court

Things happen, and sometimes people miss court. If you have missed court there is likely a warrant out for your arrest. Once a bench warrant...