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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