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Probationer’s Roommate Retains Privacy Rights

Posted Tuesday, October 27, 2015 by Andrew Charles Huff

A probation officer’s authority to search a woman’s apartment suspected of violating the terms of her probation stops at the roommates private space. In State v. Rooney, Division II was faced with the question whether a warrantless search of an apartment… read more

Court Finds Search Improper…Even with a Warrant

Posted Tuesday, October 20, 2015 by Andrew Charles Huff

Our Court of Appeals (Division Three) suppressed drugs found in a suspects closed container even after police obtained a search warrant. When a search warrant is executed, the rules require an inventory of the contents be made and done in the presence of… read more

DUI Arrest-The Impact on Driving

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by Andrew Charles Huff

As a DUI attorney, I know the potential impact on your employment if convicted or even charged with a DUI. Most people need to drive to get to work, school, errands, or just visiting friends. If you are arrested for a DUI, you face two potential license… read more

Yoga Moves Can’t be Copyrighted, says Court

Posted Friday, October 9, 2015 by Andrew Charles Huff

A federal appeals court decided this week that Yoga poses may not receive copyright protection. The case was brought by Bikram Choudhury, an Indian yoga guru who popularized “hot yoga” in the U.S. He argued that a yoga studio violated his copyright to a… read more

To Ticket or Not to Ticket….

Posted Tuesday, July 21, 2015 by Andrew Charles Huff

That is the questions asked by a frustrated Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole of City Council members if they want her cops to stop issuing $27 public marijuana use citations. One issue of concern is that such tickets were written disproportionately… read more

DUI with child now involves CPS

Posted Tuesday, July 7, 2015 by Andrew Charles Huff

A DUI arrest, charge and conviction can all have devastating consequences on your life, license, finances, job, etc. And now Child Protective Services (CPS) will get involved if you are arrested for a DUI with a minor child in the vehicle. Under this… read more

Supreme Court Sides with Muslim Woman Wearing Head Scarf

Posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015 by Andrew Charles Huff

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a young Muslim woman who sued Abercrombie & Fitch for discrimination after being denied a sales job because she wore a head scarf for religious reasons. The Supreme Court, in an 8-1 decision, backed Samantha Elauf… read more

Court Rules Abandoned Cell Phone was…well…Abandoned

Posted Thursday, March 26, 2015 by Andrew Charles Huff

A cell phone left in an abandoned stolen vehicle by the fleeing suspect can be used for identification without a warrant. This month the Court of Appeals in State v. Sutlej Samalia-Division Three, held that once a cell phone has clearly been abandoned by… read more

Knock and Talk” Rule Further Defined by Court of Appeals

Posted Friday, March 6, 2015 by Andrew Charles Huff

The 1998 case of State v. Ferrier held that before entering a citizen’s home without a warrant, police must ask them for consent, inform them they can revoke consent and notify the citizen that they may limit the scope of the search. These are commonly… read more

Warrant or No Warrant-State Supreme Court to Decide

Posted Tuesday, February 24, 2015 by Andrew Charles Huff

Most people do not realize that law enforcement officials do not have to get a search warrant from a judge to obtain private bank, phone, email and other records. Currently, prosecutors have been able to get these records without showing probable cause —… read more

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