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Court says Due Process Requires Evidentiary Hearings

Posted Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by Andrew Charles Huff

When a person pleads guilty to a crime but allegedly violates the terms of the agreement, is this person then entitled to an evidentiary hearing if they deny the violation? Mr. Caleb Townsend pled guilty to two felony charges pursuant to a plea agreement… read more

Is it a "roadway" or isn't it?

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by Andrew Charles Huff

So what is considered the actual “roadway” in our state? This was the question recently before our Court of Appeals when a driver was cited for crossing over onto a neutral area separating a highway onramp from an adjacent lane of travel. The driver was… read more

No Weight…No Case

Posted Monday, January 22, 2018 by Andrew Charles Huff

Great outcome today on a traffic matter in Snohomish County District Court. A commercial truck driver was cited for failing to obey a sign directing all vehicles over a certain weight to use the right lane at a specific point so vehicle information can be… read more

Court: Power Point Went Too Far

Posted Monday, January 15, 2018 by Andrew Charles Huff

Does the use of Power Point in trial have its limits? This issue was before the Washington State Supreme Court where the primary question was whether convictions must be reversed in light of a Power Point presentation the prosecuting attorney used during… read more

Prosecutor Can Dismiss a Case, Says Court of Appeals

Posted Thursday, January 4, 2018 by Andrew Charles Huff

Can a judge order a criminal case to proceed forward even when the prosecutor wants to dismiss it for insufficient evidence? That was the situation in Adams County Juvenile Court when the prosecutor decided there was a lack of evidence available to… read more

What Can I Do and Not Do under the New Distracted Driving Law?

Posted Friday, December 22, 2017 by Andrew Charles Huff

Many clients and friends ask me about this year’s new law aimed at reducing distracted driving collisions but also causing some confusion about what exactly is prohibited and whether one can be pulled over. The new Distracted Driving Law forbids virtually… read more

Can Police Take my Blood if I’m Arrested for DUI?

Posted Friday, December 22, 2017 by Andrew Charles Huff

The answer to this question is….it depends. If you were arrested for an alcohol related DUI, police must ask you first if you would be willing to take a breath test. If you refuse, then they can request a warrant for a blood draw from a judge. However… read more

Field Sobriety Tests-Perform Them or Refuse?

Posted Thursday, December 14, 2017 by Andrew Charles Huff

“Would you mind performing some voluntary field sobriety tests to make sure you are okay to drive?” This question is the most inaccurate and disingenuous request an officer can make in a DUI investigation. The reason is that these roadside “field sobriety… read more

Seattle Traffic Tickets-Here’s What You Do

Posted Friday, November 17, 2017 by Andrew Charles Huff

If you are ticketed by a Seattle Police Officer, your matter will most likely be filed in Seattle Municipal Court. You need to first check the “Contested Hearings” box on your ticket and mail it into the court within 15 days. But instead of immediately… read more

Do Traffic Laws Apply to Parking Lots?

Posted Wednesday, November 8, 2017 by Andrew Charles Huff

A friend of mine asked me the other day about what laws apply to vehicles moving around a parking lot versus a regular public road. For example, can you be ticketed for running a stop sign in a parking lot? Traffic laws such as stop signs and other common… read more

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