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.
Ever since I started my practice, people have been asking for a deal they see business do all the time. They suggested a way to add a little extra who choose my practice to represent their needs.
I took these suggestions seriously. While I do have a business to run, I do want to provide value to my clients as well. And considering how often this request comes across my desk, I knew this was something people cared about very much.
So I came up with something. My accountant and I looked at the books. We figured it was a great deal for the client, but would it bankrupt us? Was there a way to reward loyal clients, that also fit within the financial limitations of running a criminal defense practice?
Well after a lot of number crunching we figured out a solution. I’m happy to report on this, the first day of the fourth month of the year, I am able to offer my clients what they’ve been clamoring for: The Law Office of Noah Weil Frequent Offender Card! (more…)
Recently I was wrapping up a client meeting in my office. The case was going well. We got together to discuss updates and talk about a plan of attack for the remainder of the issues. The client seemed happy with how things were going and said as much. But then as he was packing up to head home, he said really took me aback: (more…)
“Sunshine is said to be the best of disinfectants.” – Justice Louis Brandeis. (more…)
There are two breath tests.
Does that sound simple? Many, many drivers across Washington make a mistake when stopped by the police because they do not realize there are two breath tests. Some of my clients are among those people, and my job gets a lot harder when they treat one breath test like the other. So today let’s put the ambiguity to bed and explain the differences between the two breath tests. (more…)
As the year winds its way out, many people are discussing 2014. They’ll talk about what they accomplished, what they failed to accomplish, and what they hope to accomplish in the future. These are great conversations to have.
Another conversation emerged too. A conversation about the criminal justice system in America. Being a criminal defense attorney, I regularly have thoughts on the system. But today’s post is about the growing social consciousness of the criminal justice system itself. 2014 was a banner year for non-attorney, non-police officers to take a hard look at how our country accuses and processes people charged with crimes. (more…)
The last time I was pulled over was in 2007 for expired tabs. It was annoying. I paid the ticket.
The second to last time I was pulled over was in 2004 and that one was more interesting.
A colleague recently posted an article from The Economist. Called The Kings of the Courtroom, it was about prosecutors and the power they have in the criminal justice system. While the article touched on a few different areas, a section on plea bargains stood out. (more…)
I’m in court the other day with a case. It’s an extremely flimsy property crime allegation. In fact it’s so flimsy I believe no crime actually took place. To clarify this issue at the last hearing I filed a motion requesting the prosecution give me additional materials that supported their allegations. The prosecution did not respond to this motion. So at the next hearing I talked to the prosecutor and we had the following conversation.
Me: “You guys never responded to my last motion and this case is garbage.”
Prosecutor: “Hmmm, let me look at this again.”
::Reviews police reports and witness statements::
Prosecutor: “Yeah, wow, this case is garbage.”
Me: “I know! Let’s dump it today. I have this motion to dismiss ready to go.”
Prosecutor: “I may not have the authority to sign on to your motion to dismiss. But if you make a motion to dismiss to the judge, we will not oppose it.”
Me, laughing: “Sure.”
So later the case is called and we go up in front of the judge.
Me: “Your Honor, the prosecution never responded to my motion for more materials because I’m pretty sure they have nothing. On its face the facts do not support a criminal charge here. Therefore I’m making a motion to dismiss.”
Judge: “Prosecution? Any response?”
Prosecutor: “We will defer to the Court.”
Judge, after reading the materials for a bit: “Okie dokie. Motion granted. Case dismissed.”
Sometimes my job is a lot of fun. If you or someone you know is charged with a crime, even if it’s really, really flimsy, feel free to give me a call.
The process of becoming a lawyer is arduous. A person has to graduate high school and obtain a four-year degree from an accredited college. Then the person has to apply, and be accepted into, law school. Graduating from law school is required, followed, of course, by the dreaded bar exam. Passing that still isn’t the end of the story. The applicant must also pass a “character and fitness” examination where they must prove the requisite character of becoming an attorney. This portion is no joke. Prospective attorneys have been denied a license. It’s this extra examination that’s the subject of today’s post. (more…)