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/....

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...