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Free Speech v. Courtroom Decorum

Posted Friday, October 21, 2016 by Andrew Charles Huff

When does your right to Free Speech end when you walk through a courthouse door? Washington Court of Appeals-Division III recently decided that it at least ends when a judge is no longer able to do his or her job. This was the issue taken up by Mr. Dennis… read more

Magnets Attract Higher Sentence

Posted Thursday, October 20, 2016 by Andrew Charles Huff

Can regular household items be turned into tools useful to defeat a security system? This was the question recently considered by Washington Appellate Court- Division Three in the case of State of Washington v. Casey Wade. Mr. Wade challenges his… read more

Is a Riding Lawn Mower Considered a Vehicle?

Posted Tuesday, October 11, 2016 by Andrew Charles Huff

Is a lawnmower considered a motor vehicle? This question recently appeared before our Court of Appeals when considering the motor vehicle theft statute. A couple recently had their Craftsman, gas-powered self-propelled riding lawnmower stolen near… read more

Court: Seizure of Passenger Okay...This Time

Posted Thursday, September 22, 2016 by Andrew Charles Huff

Our State Supreme Court just decided that detaining an arrestee’s companion in the absence of individual reasonable suspicion is permissible when officers have objective safety concerns and to secure the scene of the arrest… “so long as it remains… read more

Court Says Have Some Style

Posted Monday, September 19, 2016 by Andrew Charles Huff

A sense of style can usually help one move forward but in a recent drug possession trial, the defendant wanted to “Go Basic.” Our Washington Division One Appellate Court considered a challenge to a drug possession conviction where the defendant Mr. Terry… read more

Seattle Reducing Speed Limits

Posted Tuesday, September 13, 2016 by Andrew Charles Huff

Speed limits in and around downtown Seattle will likely be reduced late this year to 25 mph, and the residential speed limit to 20 mph. The reason? To reduce traffic injuries. Assuming the City Council approves this month, road crews would begin putting… read more

Feds Can Still Ban Gun Ownership to Medical Marijuana Users

Posted Friday, September 2, 2016 by Andrew Charles Huff

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled that the federal ban against selling guns to medical marijuana card holders does not violate Second Amendment rights. The court rejected the legal challenge from Nevada by finding that medical marijuana is… read more

Arizona to Vote on Legalizing Marijuana

Posted Friday, September 2, 2016 by Andrew Charles Huff

The Arizona Supreme Court rejected the final challenge to a voter initiated act seeking to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, as is the law in Washington. The challenge came from an anti-marijuana group and was dismissed in a lower court after… read more

Talking and Driving-Not That Simple

Posted Friday, August 26, 2016 by Andrew Charles Huff

Most people know state law prohibits using a cell phone while driving a car, the argument being talking while driving is simply too distracting. But the actual law restricting such use is not so clear. RCW 46.61.667 prohibits “a person operating a moving… read more

Legal Protection from Bad BBQ-ing Neighbor?

Posted Friday, August 26, 2016 by Andrew Charles Huff

I was in Snohomish County District Court last week for several traffic matters. Before these cases were called, the judge agreed to hear a No-Contact Order Petition filed by one neighbor against another. The reason? The petitioner stated he was fed up… read more

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