Theft can occur in various ways. A person may simply take another person’s possession or engage in an extensive plot to defraud people of hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. The latter recently happened in Washington, causing financial harm to hundreds of local victims. Five people participating in a theft ring were arrested… Read More

Federal prosecutors work on the side of the law, helping courts find evidence to put criminals behind bars. It can be surprising then to see a prosecutor on the other side of the law, being charged with a crime. It’s not hard for someone to be charged with a DUI. A federal prosecutor was recently… Read More

Graffiti is a crime that involves the use of spray paint to deface the property of others with pictures and messages. Graffiti is difficult to remove and often leaves a lasting impression on neighborhoods. Residents in the Seattle area woke up on New Year’s Day to vandalism, most of it in the form of graffiti.… Read More

Drunk drivers cause many accidents, but it’s ironic when a person hits a police officer, particularly one who had just finished a DUI training course. A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy got some real world training when a drunk driver hit his vehicle. On the evening of  November 13, the sheriff’s deputy had just finished a… Read More

Posing as a filmmaker may be something a person does to meet people. It does not typically lead to criminal charges unless a person uses the filmmaker ruse to lure women and young girls into prostitution. This may seem a little far-fetched, but this is what a Seattle man was accused of doing. The 51-year-old… Read More

Police departments often rely on dogs to help track down crime suspects. Dogs are intelligent and have excellent hearing and a good sense of smell, all which can help police officers put suspects behind bars. A K-9 unit in Kitsap County helped law enforcement catch a burglary suspect. The dog, named Heiko, spent four hours… Read More

The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that no person “shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.” This phrasal component of the Fifth Amendment gives rise to the “right to remain silent,” which has become an integral part of Miranda warnings given to arrestees.   Miranda warnings… Read More

A person is entitled to a reasonable expectation of privacy within his own place of residence, among other places. Courts are extremely protective of the home along with the privacy citizens are entitled to therein. For the government to intrude into the inner sanctum of the domicile, one of three things is required: a warrant… Read More

In each of the 50 states, legal provisions are in place to allow citizens to defend themselves from unlawful attack by another. Self-defense is a legal right derived from the body of natural law upon which constitutional rights are based, but it comes with strict caveats. This subject area is endless with possibilities, nuances, and… Read More

Police responding to a scene of reported criminal activity or responding in observance of in-view criminal activity are empowered with a measure of discretion in choosing whether to arrest or cite in response to criminal activity. In other words, police are not necessarily bound with the absolute mandate to arrest or write a ticket to… Read More