Voluntary Absence From Trial & The Right To Be Present
By: Vancouver WA criminal defense & personal injury attorney Roger Priest
Who 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.