Motor Vehicles

Corpus Delicti Rule Revisited

Recently, Division II Court of Appeals re-addressed the corpus delicti rule in State v. Hen- drickson, 2007 WL 2774332 (Wn.App. Div. II). There, Mr. Hendrickson was charged with driv- ing while under the influence after his vehicle was found at the bottom of a ravine.

By Brett Purtzer, December 2007

DUI’s and State v. Shaffer

State v. Shaffer, 113 Wn.App. 812, 55 P.3d 668 (2002), held RCW 46.61.505(11)(a)(v) un- constitutional as it violated due process.

By Brett Purtzer, January 2003

How much do you know about DUI’s in Washington State?

  DUIs are a relatively common charge in Washington State. And unfortunately, we’ve learned that the general public does not have all of the knowledge when it comes to DUI laws. It can be much more complex than simply driving while intoxicated. The good news?...

May 2018

Judging Judge Threats

Division II of the Court of Appeals demonstrates its objectivity in State v. Brown, Docket No. 33633-2 filed on March 20, 2007. Brown was convicted by a jury of “intimidating a judge.” RCW 9A.72.160.

By Lance M. Hester, May 2007

Non-Custodial Arrest Suppress-ed!

At a suppression hearing, the arresting officer, “admitted that he had intended to release Mr. Radka with a citation until he found the drug paraphernalia.” This resulted in the trial court suppressing the evidence and dismissing the case. And Division III held that a reasonable per- son would not consider the arrest “custodial” and thus affirmed the trial court.

By Lance M. Hester, March 2004

Pursed Purse

Our Supreme Court, in State v. Kurt L. Jones, Docket No. 70869-0, unanimously held that the search of a passenger’s purse is not justified incident to a driver’s arrest absent evi- dence that the passenger’s purse was in the immediate control of the driver.

By Monte Hester, June 2002

Smell Test Stinks

Justice Charles Johnson was the majority author in State v. Grande, Docket Number 81068-1, published on July 17, 2008.

By Monte Hester, July 2008

Washington – Can I get money damages if I was partially at fault in a car crash?

Personal injury cases can be tricky and involve many different types of laws. Keep in mind that each state has their own set of laws that apply to car crashes and other personal injury cases. Before you pursue a claim, be sure to speak...

April 2018

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