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Can police ask a lawfully seized passenger to search her purse?

Posted Monday, February 25, 2019 by Andrew Charles Huff

If police conduct a lawful traffic stop of the car’s driver, can they also ask a passenger for consent to search a purse left inside the car after the owner mentioned her prior drug conviction? This issue was recently before the Washington State Court of… read more

Can police “stop and search” you?

Posted Tuesday, February 19, 2019 by Andrew Charles Huff

Washington state police cannot search a car without a search warrant. To search a car, police must instead petition a judge for a warrant and then carry out the search within a specific time frame. This ruling by the Washington State Supreme Court held… read more

Defense attorney on a case now the prosecutor?

Posted Tuesday, February 19, 2019 by Andrew Charles Huff

What happens to a case when the defense attorney has been elected county prosecutor? An interesting situation arose after Mr. Garth Dano was elected Grant County Prosecuting Attorney but a case was returned on appeal he was previously involved in. Prior… read more

Field Sobriety Tests in Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Cases

Posted Tuesday, February 19, 2019 by Andrew Charles Huff

Most people stopped for Driving Under the Influence are familiar with standardized Field Sobriety Testing, a set of physical agility exercises administered by officers suspecting someone of Driving under the Influence. These tests are difficult even if… read more

When does an expert witness need not testify at trial?

Posted Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by Andrew Charles Huff

Must an expert witness who extracted data from a cell phone found at a crime scene testify at trial because of the right to confront? This was the issue involving data extracted from a cell phone found at one of the incident scenes. The phone was sent to… read more

2019 Changes to DUI and DOL Laws

Posted Monday, January 21, 2019 by Andrew Charles Huff

There are new changes beginning in 2019 for rules effecting challenges to license suspensions by the Department of Licensing. If you have been arrested for DUI the following new laws will now affect you: 1. You must request a DUI hearing within 7 days of… read more

Court Finds “Turn Signal” Not Always Required

Posted Thursday, January 17, 2019 by Andrew Charles Huff

Must a driver always use a turn signal when making a turn from a designated turn lane? “No, you do not” says Washington Appeals Court-Division III in a recent decision involving a traffic stop due to failing to signal. The case involved a driver who… read more

Client Passed Out BUT Not Impaired

Posted Friday, January 4, 2019 by Andrew Charles Huff

A great outcome in a DUI case that initially looked pretty challenging at first but resulted in a full dismissal. My client was found passed out in a drive through coffee line. The barista called police, who tried and were able to wake my client up… read more

Traffic Tickets Can Be Beaten

Posted Friday, January 4, 2019 by Andrew Charles Huff

It’s a very common situation these days to become distracted while driving due in part to the multiple traffic signage, other vehicles around you, cell phone…Let’s face it…driving is a multi-functional task that requires your attention and focus. But… read more

When is a dwelling a "dwelling" for burglary conviction?

Posted Thursday, December 13, 2018 by Andrew Charles Huff

To commit the crime of Residential Burglary, you must have burglarized a “dwelling.” So when is a “dwelling” truly a “dwelling?” Mr. Nathan J. Hall argued to the Court of Appeals-Division II that the unoccupied house he broke into was not actually a… read more

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