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Andrews Terry Jeffers LLP Legal Blog | Category: Criminal Defense

Cocaine laws and sentencing in Washington

| April 13, 2023 
In all states, cocaine possession, distribution and trafficking qualify as serious criminal offenses. Individuals caught violating laws regarding cocaine could face severe legal consequences. The following details spell out important state laws and the resulting sentences for violations. Possession Possession is a felony offense for individuals caught with cocaine. The crime carries a sentence of […]

Plea agreements in the state of Washington

| December 23, 2022 
Plea agreements are a common practice in the criminal justice system of Washington. These agreements allow defendants to plead guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for a lighter sentence or the dismissal of additional charges. Plea agreements can be a valuable tool for both prosecutors and defendants, as they can save time and resources […]

The problem of insurance fraud

| August 1, 2022 
An insurance policy serves a vital purpose. Whether someone takes out a homeowner, auto insurance or business liability policy, the contract locks the provider into assuming financial responsibility for covered perils. That means the insurance company must pay a customer for any valid claims, provided the policyholder is not in breach. Fraud would assuredly be […]

Rights of juveniles in police custody in Washington State

| May 4, 2022 
The law has long recognized that minors do not have the same capacity for moral reasoning and self-control that adults do. When a juvenile is arrested in Washington, there are certain rights that police officers must uphold. They include: a. Miranda rights All juveniles have the right to remain silent during and after arrest. This […]

Attending family treatment court can be highly beneficial

| November 16, 2021 
If you’re a parent involved in the child welfare system in Washington and you need access to drug or alcohol treatment, the regular Dependency Court is no longer your only alternative. Fortunately, you have another option and can volunteer for Family Treatment Court, or FTC. Taking this action has the primary goal of ensuring that […]

When can the police take my DNA?

| August 2, 2021 
Many criminals leave a trail behind when in the act of breaking the law, and sometimes DNA is among the detailed evidence. However, the acceptance of this evidence is often done too readily for Washington criminal defense attorneys to actually accept its admissibility. Prosecutors too often want to “trust the science” because it gives them […]

When is a K-9 search legal during a traffic stop?

| July 19, 2021 
In Vancouver, Washington, people who are subject to a traffic stop, have their vehicle searched and are subsequently confronted by drug charges might wonder about their rights and if the search is legal. This is especially concerning if there was a K-9 used to aid in the search. Since drug charges can be so serious […]

What are your rights if you’re pulled over for a DUI?

| May 18, 2021 
As a Washington resident, you have various rights in regards to speaking with law enforcement. Many people tend to have questions about what their rights are when it comes to being pulled over. If you’re pulled over for the suspicion of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, here are some rights that you’ll […]

How accurate is eyewitness testimony?

| April 20, 2021 
Criminal defendants in Washington know that it is not a good sign when an eyewitness points to them from the witness stand. Eyewitness testimony is among the most convincing pieces of evidence delivered at a criminal trial. However, more legal professionals are speaking out about the potential inaccuracies that can exist with eyewitness testimony. The […]

What is the attorney-client privilege?

| March 16, 2021 
When facing criminal charges in Washington state, the accused may rely heavily on a criminal defense attorney for assistance. Some defendants may worry about how open and honest they could be with their counsel. Under the attorney-client privilege, an attorney keeps all discussions with a client confidential, barring a few exceptions. How the attorney-client privilege […]
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