Criminal Court Costs In the recent case of State v. Blazina, the Supreme Court of Washington considered whether legal financial obligations assessed against two criminal defendants were properly imposed. RCW 10.01.160(3) states that courts cannot order defendants to pay criminal court costs unless the defendant is or will be able to pay them. Courts are […]
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It is not uncommon to get a court-appointed attorney that you either don’t like or have difficulty working with. Many people wonder whether they can get a new public defender if they are not satisfied with their current attorney. Criminal defendants enjoy a right to choose their counsel, but that right is not without some […]
When a criminal defendant and a prosecutor reach a plea deal, what can the prosecutor argue at sentencing? Because plea deals are like contracts, they bind the parties to honor the agreement. So, what can a prosecutor say to the judge without violating the terms of the agreement? In State v. Neiler, the Division Three […]
Voluntary Absence from Trial and the Right to be Present Who says it takes two to tango? At least in Washington courts, an absent defendant can be tried and convicted. This week in State v. Thurlby No. 91220-3, the Supreme Court of Washington decided that a defendant in a felony drug case waived her right […]
Today, In State v. Besola/State v. Swenson, No. 90554-1, the Supreme Court of Washington considered whether a search warrant in a child pornography case was specific enough in what items it instructed the police to seize. Ultimately, the Court decided that the warrant was unconstitutionally overbroad and ordered that the evidence that it led to was […]
Welcome to the Priest Criminal Defense law blog. This blog will occasionally address changes in the law and cases regarding various criminal law issues. From DUI to Domestic Violence, Misdemeanor to Felonies, major changes in the laws will be cataloged and reported here. Stay tuned.
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- Can the Judge Waive My Criminal Fines and Fees? November 25, 2015
- Can I Change Public Defenders? November 19, 2015
- Reading the Fine Print in Plea Deals – Prosecutor Obligations in Exceptional Sentence Deals – State v. Neiler November 10, 2015
- I’ll See you in Court (maybe)! – State v. Thurlby November 10, 2015
- Search Warrants in Child Pornography Cases November 5, 2015
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