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Prosecutor Obligations For Plea Deals With Exceptional Sentences

By: Vancouver WA criminal defense & personal injury attorney Roger Priest

prosecutor with tape over her mouth so she cannot go against plea deal

prosecutor obligations for plea deals with exceptional sentences

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? Read more

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Voluntary Absence From Trial & The Right To Be Present

By: Vancouver WA criminal defense & personal injury attorney Roger Priest 

voluntary absence from trial - criminal defenseWho says ‘The show must go on’? 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 to be present at her own trial and conviction when she failed to show up for the last day of her trial. Read more

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By: Vancouver WA Criminal Defense & Personal Injury Attorney Roger Priest

hand typing on a computer keyboard - search warrants child pornography law

How are search warrants handled in child pornography cases?

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 inadmissible at trial. Read more