Washington State legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, and criminal penalties finally are catching up. According to a recent article in The Seattle Times, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill pertaining to marijuana convictions. Once the new law takes effect, most people with misdemeanor marijuana convictions will be able to have those convictions erased. To… Read More


A recent report from the Anti-Defamation League confirmed what the FBI said last November. The number of hate crimes in Washington State increased dramatically in 2018. According to a national audit, anti-Semitic incidents in Washington increased 60 percent between 2017 and 2018. Hate crimes are up overall as well. According to the FBI report, race,… Read More


On March 15th, 2019, the Seattle Police Department announced the arrest of ten people in a string of theft operations. Law enforcement reports that the broad anti-theft operation used undercover officers from the Major Crimes Task Force Detectives and the North Anti-Crime Team officers. According to information provided by representatives of the Seattle Police, law… Read More


The Washington State Patrol and other members of local law enforcement have intensified patrols for drunk drivers. This started at the beginning of the holiday season, with increased efforts to collect Place of Last Drink (POLD) data. On December 7, Washington State Patrol troopers participated in a program known as Night of a Thousand Stars.… Read More


The recent passage of the federal First Step Act could signal that Seattle’s Fair Chance Housing Act is lawful and should remain in force.   That city ordinance is being challenged in a Washington court. However, the aims of the First Step Act and its bipartisan support might underscore the necessity, and the importance of… Read More


Collectively, auto theft cases, auto burglary (car prowling), and other automobile theft incidents make up about 42 percent of the property crime in Seattle. At over 12,000 reported incidents in 2017, car prowls lead the category by a country mile. The actual figure is probably much higher. Crime statistics usually only include reported offenses. Downtown… Read More


Citing risk of flight and the heinous nature of the allegations, prosecutors convinced a judge to increase Jeremy Shaw’s bail from $1 million to $2.5 million. According to court documents, Mr. Shaw bludgeoned a Boeing retiree to death in order to claim his house and land in an isolated area of King County. Prosecutors also… Read More


In June 2018, the Washington legislature amended the laws governing legal financial obligations imposed on criminal defendants. The new law forbids assessing discretionary obligations. In June 2018, House Bill 1783 took effect in Washington. This new law revises the state’s system for imposing legal financial obligations (LFOs) on criminal defendants. LFOs are basically the fines, fees, court… Read More