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A Strange Case: Process Trumps Presence

Posted by on 3:21 pm in Civil Rights, Communication, Constitution, Court | 0 comments

In 2005, Terrance Irby was charged with murder in the death of an associate, James Rock. At his first trial in 2007 he was convicted of the murder. But the Washington Supreme Court reversed his conviction, saying there was a violation of his right to a public trial when attorneys had emailed with the judge about the composition of the jury. The Washington Supreme Court ordered a new trial for Mr. Irby. He got it, but then things got a little weird.


NoahLawyerPodcast Episode 3: Chatting with Denice

Posted by on 4:18 pm in Communication, Court, Podcast | 0 comments

I’m joined by my good friend Denice Gagner to talk about her former life as a prosecutor, visiting jail, and more! We had a lot of fun with this one. (more…)

NoahLawyerPodcast Episode 2: Trial Prep Part 2

Posted by on 4:16 pm in DUI, Podcast, Trial | 0 comments

Here’s Part 2 of the trial prep episode. I discuss how the trial ended up and the process of the case that led to that finish. Let me know what you think!




NoahLawyerPodcast Episode 1: Trial Prep Part 1

Posted by on 4:15 pm in DUI, Podcast, Trial | 0 comments

Here’s the first episode of my new podcast: NoahLawyerPodcast! This episode was recorded just two days before a DUI trial. I discuss the parts of the trial and what I’m trying to accomplish. Let me know what you think! (more…)

Announcing the NoahLawyer Podcast!

Posted by on 4:14 pm in Communication, Podcast, Promotion | 0 comments

I am very excited to announce the launch of my new legal podcast series!

This was a project I wanted to do for a while. As regular readers know, I like talking about the law.  This series gives me a new medium to do so! 

When I was planning this, I was shocked how few legal podcasts there are out there, especially criminal defense ones. My hope is to continue producing and improving the show to be the preeminent criminal defense podcast. To that end, if you have any feedback for me, please let me know in the comments sections of the episode or send it directly to me.

To celebrate the initial launch, I’ve released the first three episodes at once! I’m really excited to hear what people think. Thanks for listening, and tell your friends! 

Each episode will be posted individually on this website or you can visit the show page here! I’m also on iTunes!



#$&# Yeah, Free Speech

Posted by on 3:36 pm in Communication, Constitution, First Amendment, Funny | 0 comments

Good news! The First Amendment is still in effect! (more…)

Vacating Misdemeanor and Felony Convictions

Posted by on 2:14 pm in Background checks, Civil Rights, Constitution, Court, Criminal, Employment, Procedure, Voting | 0 comments

One thing I know as a Seattle criminal defense attorney is that people from all walks of life can and have been convicted of crimes. A conviction may have involved a plea agreement, or just be the end result of a mistake in one’s past. But for whatever reason, convictions happen. And no matter how old a conviction is, background checks bring those convictions front and center.

And as I’ve written about before background check results can wreak havoc for job prospects, housing prospects (more on that below), and even travel across the border. In short, a criminal conviction doesn’t do anyone any favors. But what can you do about it? Well for some people the law allows the conviction to go away forever! Read on… (more…)

Resisting Unlawful Arrest?

Posted by on 9:58 am in Civil Rights, Communication, Criminal, Fourth Amendment, Police | 0 comments

My apologies for the gap in posting, it’s been quite busy on the work and home front. Our family just bought a house that was a real fixer-upper, so my wife and I have been dedicating evenings to painting, repair, cleaning, and unpacking. This office has also never been busier. Adding it all up, the blog gets left by the wayside. Sorry!

The good news is I have a couple of projects in the works I’m really excited about. I’m very much looking forward to sharing those with everyone soon!

In the meantime, today’s discussion is about a Facebook post a friend shared. It’s one of those clickbaity-type kind of sites but I’m a sucker for articles on criminal defense and police interaction. The article is about the arrest of Sandra Bland (who later died in a jail cell). The article my friend shared can be read here. (more…)

On Tickets and Fines

Posted by on 6:20 pm in Civil Rights, Court, Judges, Sentencing/Penalties, Traffic Ticket | 1 comment

Last week the Washington Supreme Court voted to raise the base penalty of traffic tickets by $12. Unfortunately the net result of that increase will be more than $12, and the increase will hurt our must vulnerable citizens. (more…)

DUI, Reckless Endangerment, and Sufficiency of Evidence

Posted by on 3:29 pm in Court, Criminal, DUI, Trial | 0 comments

Part my work as a Seattle DUI attorney is staying on top of legal developments in the field. Whenever our Court of Appeals or Supreme Court issues a decision, I receive a copy of the decision via email. A lot of these cases are simply affirming a person’s conviction; the court saying “Everything looks ok here.” But sometimes a conviction is reversed. In those instances the court is telling people “There was a mistake here and this should not happen again.” Today’s post is about the latter, a conviction reversed, and welcome guidance on a common situation.


The facts and circumstances of your case may differ from the matters in which results and testimonials have been provided. Every case is different, and each client’s case must be evaluated and handled on its own merits.