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Proper advisements at arraignments

By Jacquelyn Smith / 25/02/2018

In July Humberto Leal Garcia, jr was executed in Texas. Mr. Leal was a Mexican citizen and during his detention he was not advised he may contact consular officials.  In 2004 the International Court of Justice found that foreigners detained abroad had a right under the Vienna Convention to be told they could contact their […]


Jury Selection and a Winning Case

By Jacquelyn Smith / 18/02/2018

Less than 3 weeks ago went to trial on a Class A Felony case. My client was charged with Burglary in the First Degree. During jury selection one of the potential jurors volunteered she had been a victim of a residential burglary and she thought she could not give my client a fair shake. The […]


Default judgments on Traffic Infractions

By Jacquelyn Smith / 10/02/2018

Although traffic tickets are civil infractions and this is a criminal law blog the fact is the lawyers that represent people on traffic tickets are frequently criminal defense attorneys.  In any event, in preparing for a criminal case in Sea-Tac Municipal Court I decided to review their local court rules and STMCLR 2.4 caught […]


Stipulated Orders of Continuances and Expungements

By Jacquelyn Smith / 01/02/2018

There is no Washington state statute that recognizes the authority of a court to enter into Stipulated Orders of Continuance (SOC). Courts of Limited Jurisdiction, unlike the Superior Courts, are not courts of equity but are courts that sole power is derived by statute–so while many courts authorize SOCs they do so with the belief that […]