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“Sorry folks, courtroom’s closed...or is it?”

Posted Monday, January 5, 2015 by Andrew Charles Huff

Does a courtroom sign listing the court’s specific closing time during a criminal trial considered a “closed courtroom” in violation of the right to a public trial? According to the Washington Supreme Court, the answer is no. In the recent case of State… read more

Wrongly-convicted man released after victim recants

Posted Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by Andrew Charles Huff

A judge in Olympia has ordered a new trial for a man who has been in prison since 1995 when he was convicted of child molestation. A woman who was 11 at the time has recanted and said she made up allegations against Jerry Lee Brock. At a hearing Monday… read more

“Not So Elementary,” says Supreme Court on use of Sherlock Holmes

Posted Monday, November 3, 2014 by Andrew Charles Huff

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a copyright dispute over the right to portray Sherlock Holmes in a new series of stories. The case involved an appeal from heirs of legendary writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who say anyone portraying characters from… read more

So Just “Who” is a Public Servant?

Posted Thursday, September 18, 2014 by Andrew Charles Huff

According to the State Supreme Court, not Sound Transit Fare Enforcement Officers. It is a crime to lie to public servants, but the Court just found that contract-based ”Fare Enforcement Officers” are not “public servants” under the law. read more

Warrant must Authorize the Search, not just the Seizure

Posted Thursday, September 18, 2014 by Andrew Charles Huff

The Washington Court of Appeals has ruled that a warrant authorizing the withdrawal of blood must also authorize the testing of that blood. Otherwise, the results are inadmissible. In State v. Jose Martines, the Court found that a warrant is insufficient… read more

Judge-“No Probable Cause to Arrest-Case Dismissed”

Posted Monday, May 5, 2014 by Andrew Charles Huff

A major victory for a client charged with Driving Under the Influence in Tacoma recently. The arresting officer made a valid traffic stop based upon a minor infraction. However, client exited the vehicle and walked towards the officer with no problems… read more

Too High to Drive?

Posted Thursday, February 27, 2014 by Andrew Charles Huff

Washington recently legalized the personal use of marijuana for those age 21 and over by way of Initiative 602, joining the state of Colorado. This new law has similar restrictions to the use of alcohol. For example, besides being a certain age, one… read more

DUI “Checkpoints”-Not in Our State

Posted Friday, February 7, 2014 by Andrew Charles Huff

Most of us have been in that situation before…we are driving down the road and suddenly we see flashing lights in our mirror. Next is the sinking feeling in the pit of our stomach as we look for a place to pull over and hope our vehicle registration is… read more

Slurred Speech-What Does it Really Tell us?

Posted Friday, October 4, 2013 by Andrew Charles Huff

As a criminal defense attorney who deals with folks accused of driving impaired, I routinely work with people who exhibit all kinds of different “signs” or clues that police officers are trained to look for in a DUI investigation. Common sense supported… read more

New DUI Laws

Posted Monday, August 19, 2013 by Andrew Charles Huff

New DUI laws On July 18, 2013 Governor Jay Inslee signed into law ESSB 5912, a somewhat complex piece of legislation that makes vast changes to the laws governing Driving Under the Influence in our state. These extensive changes effect Ignition Interlock… read more

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