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Posts made in December, 2013

By on Dec 31, 2013 in Criminal, DUI, Noah Weil, Office | 0 comments

It’s been a fantastic 2013. We moved offices, the firm had its best year ever, and my wife and I found out we’re expecting our littlest associate! I am very much looking forward to 2014. I have some fun projects in the works and a lot of interesting, active cases right now. I like what happened in 2013, but I feel next year is really going to be another level. I hope my readers are as excited by the promise of 2014 as I am. Finally, for this New Year’s Eve, please please please remember to not drink and drive. Yes you could hire a Seattle DUI Attorney and have a good chance of obtaining a good result. But hiring me is a lot more expensive than getting a taxi. If you’ve had too much to drink, get a cab. If you’re not sure you’ve had too much to drink, get a cab. If your friend has had too much, get them a cab too. Stay out of the hospital, stay out of jail, and have a safe and prosperous...

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By on Dec 10, 2013 in Civil Rights, Constitution, Court, Criminal, Noah Weil | 0 comments

Last night my wife and I came back from a party in downtown Seattle to see our car’s window smashed and a would-be thief inside the car, rummaging through its contents. We called 911 and he ran off. He was quickly arrested. That’s an active case now, so I’m not going to talk much about it until things resolve. If I’m called as a witness for a trial, I’ll share that experience. Instead, today I wanted to write about the reactions from people when I told them we had been victims of a vehicle prowl. A few jokesters asked if I would be representing the defendant. Well, no. Ethics rules prevent me from being both lawyer and witness in a case. And since I would want the defendant to be found guilty I would have a very fundamental conflict of interest (Comment 1) in also criminally defending him. I have a police officer friend who I told about all this. I told him Seattle Police were perfectly professional with the whole experience. He seemed gratified to hear that and then half-jokingly asked how I, with my job, could have someone arrested. I, half-jokingly, asked with his job how he could allow the crime to happen in the first place. But my friend, joking or not, did inspire me to reflect on what I do for a living and what I really hope to accomplish. I have never considered my job to be keeping criminals free. Sometimes that happens, but my ultimate purpose is simply to be the foil against the government. What does that mean? It means when a governmental agent accuses a citizen of some heinous action, I am there to test the government’s evidence and procedure every step of the way. My job is to make their job very difficult. I do this so we can all be sure that only people who have actually done what they’re accused of doing are punished. Does this mean sometimes guilty people “get away with it?” Sure, because the system falls apart if only innocent people get a zealous defense. But if the police do everything right, and the prosecutors do everything right, and the person actually did commit the...

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