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De su abogado de DUI en Tacoma:  Hay pocas cosas tan estresantes como una interacción con la policía en donde dan una prueba química. Los resultados de estas pruebas químicas se usan contra del conductor en la corte como prueba para demostrar una acusación de conducción bajo la influencia de drogas o alcohol.

En este país, la Constitución ofrece a todos, ciudadanos y no, la capacidad de preparar una defensa contra de cualquier acusación criminal. Esta misma Constitución establece límites y reglas que la policía y todos los demás en el sistema judicial tienen que obedecer. Cuando exceden estos límites, y resulta la injusticia, las víctimas de esta injusticia todavía tienen recursos y opciones. Por ejemplo, pueden desafiar la legitimidad del uso de la prueba química.

Fue una búsqueda ilegal

Cuando la policía lo paró a usted, ¿siguió el procedimiento apropiado? Si no, puede ser que haya violado los derechos constitucionales de usted. En casos así, su abogado puede pedirle a la corte de excluir toda la evidencia que resultó de la violación de los derechos.

Estas violaciones de derechos ocurren cuando la policía para a alguien sin suficiente justificación. Los policías necesitan tener motivos fundados (enlace en inglés) para parar a alguien, y también para mandarlos a tomar una prueba química. Sin estos motivos fundados, los resultados de la prueba se pueden excluir. Continue reading

Peaceful-Police-300x300Una de las posibles peores situaciones que podemos experimentar es el de tener una conversación con un representante de la justicia como posibles sospechosos de haber realizado algo en contra la ley. En esta situación, tal vez busquemos cooperar con las autoridades en todo lo posible, pero, ¿qué sucede en el caso de que sean las mismas autoridades las que no sigan los protocolos o usan mayor fuerza de la debida?

Los legisladores han hecho esfuerzos para establecer mayores límites y definiciones sobre los escenarios en los que un agente de policía podría hacer uso de la fuerza física. Uno de estos instrumentos es la ley HB 1310.

Lo que dice la ley

En uno de sus primeros mandatos, apela al buen juicio de cada integrante del cuerpo de policía y los invita a buscar alternativas o tácticas que no impliquen fuerza para controlar una situación. De hecho, se menciona que, a partir del 6 de diciembre de 2018, todo policía debe recibir capacitación en métodos alternativos para evitar el uso de la fuerza física.

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Effectivo-215x300En los casos de DUI de Tacoma, los tribunales suelen imponer multas a las personas condenadas, además de otras sanciones. Sin embargo, en algunos casos, como cuando un acusado es indigente, el Estado y/o la Ciudad pueden acordar renunciar a dichas multas. Si un tribunal impone por error sanciones financieras a un acusado de DUI a pesar de acordar no hacerlo, dichas multas pueden ser anuladas, como se demuestra en una opinión reciente de Washington emitida en un caso de DUI. Si vive en Tacoma y fue acusado de un delito de DUI, puede enfrentar sanciones sustanciales, y es inteligente hablar con un abogado defensor de DUI de Tacoma de confianza para determinar sus derechos.

Antecedentes Procesales del Caso

Se informa que el acusado fue acusado de delito grave de conducir bajo la influencia. Ella se declaró culpable, después de lo cual el tribunal impuso una sentencia en la parte inferior del rango estándar. El tribunal también acordó que renunciaría a todas las obligaciones legales y financieras que no fueran obligatorias, porque el acusado era indigente. Supuestamente, sin embargo, el tribunal determinó que estaba obligado por ley a imponer ciertas tarifas y sanciones por una condena por delito grave de DUI. Como tal, impuso $300 adicionales en multas bajo dos leyes estatales de vehículos motorizados. El demandado apeló, argumentando que las multas fueron impuestas por error.

money-225x300In Tacoma DUI cases, the courts typically impose fines on convicted persons, in addition to other penalties. However, in some cases, such as when a defendant is indigent, the State and/or City  may agree to waive such fines. If a court mistakenly imposes financial penalties on a DUI defendant despite agreeing not to do so, such fines may be stricken, as demonstrated in a recent Washington opinion issued in a DUI case. If you live in Tacoma and were accused of a DUI offense, you may face substantial penalties, and it is smart to speak to a trusted Tacoma DUI defense attorney to determine your rights.

Procedural Background of the Case

It is reported that the defendant was charged with felony driving under the influence. She entered a guilty plea, after which the court imposed a sentence at the bottom of the standard range. The court also agreed that it would waive all legal, financial obligations that were not mandatory, because the defendant was indigent.

Allegedly, though, the court found that it was obligated as a matter of law to impose certain fees and penalties for a conviction for felony DUI. As such, it imposed an additional $300 in fines under two state motor vehicle laws. The defendant appealed, arguing that the fines were imposed in error. Continue reading

antique-gun-199x300Generally, people in Tacoma have the right to own and possess firearms. The right is not inalienable, however, and in certain situations may be taken away. For example, people convicted of felony offenses are typically barred from possessing firearms, and may face criminal charges if they are caught with a gun in their possession. As with all criminal offenses, to establish the crime of unlawful possession of a firearm the state must prove each element in order to demonstrate the defendant’s guilt. Recently, a Washington court issued a ruling in which it discussed the government’s burden of proof in weapons crime cases. If you are a Tacoma resident and are charged with a weapons crime, it is prudent to confer with a skilled Tacoma weapons charge defense attorney to assess your possible defenses.

History of the Case

 It is reported that the defendant was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and one count of unlawful possession of ammunition in violation of federal law. Prior to trial, the defendant filed numerous motions in limine, asking the court to preclude the government from introducing certain evidence at trial. The parties also presented a proposed stipulation regarding certain elements of the charged offenses. As the specifics of the stipulation were unclear, the court reserved judgment on the issue.

The Government’s Burden of Proof in Weapons Crime Cases

The court explained that the offenses that the defendant was charged with required the government to prove that the defendant was previously convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term that exceeds one year. The defendant indicated that he would stipulate at trial that he had at least one felony conviction that was punishable by imprisonment for more than a year prior to being charged with the subject crimes, however. The government accepted that stipulation and stated it would not attempt to introduce specifics of his felony conviction at trial. Continue reading

Union-Station-205x300El privilegio de poseer una arma para defenderse y defender la familia es un derecho fundamental en los Estados Unidos. Sin embargo, hay ciertos lugares en que tener una arma es una violación de la ley – puede ser la ley federal o estatal, o los dos.

La ley federal

Bajo la ley federal, es ilegal llevar una arma de fuego en un edificio o sitio federal (enlace en inglés) que es propiedad del gobierno federal y donde trabajan empleados federales. Algunos ejemplos de sitios federales donde se prohíben las armas son el correo, las cortes, y las oficinas de agencias gubernamentales.

Separate-from-kids-300x232A conviction for a domestic violence crime may not only result in criminal penalties, but it may also negatively impact a person’s relationships. For example, courts may determine that parents guilty of committing domestic violence offenses should be denied access to their children. Courts may only limit parental rights if it is necessary for the protection of children, though, and any order limiting their rights should be narrow in duration and scope. Recently, a Washington court issued an opinion discussing when the courts may impinge on the fundamental right to parent in a domestic violence matter. If you are accused of a crime of domestic violence, it is advisable to meet with a Tacoma domestic violence defense attorney to assess your options for seeking a favorable result.

The Facts of the Case

It is reported the defendant and his wife were married in 2003 and separated in 2016. In 2017, the wife obtained a domestic violence protection order that, in part, limited the defendant’s access to his children. A second order was issued prohibiting him from seeing the children, but his wife continued to allow him access to them despite the order. In 2018, the defendant became angry the wife was dating someone and entered her home without his permission.

Allegedly, once he was inside the home, he assaulted his wife and threatened to kill her. He was charged with and convicted of numerous domestic violence offenses. The sentencing court entered a lifetime no-contact order protecting the children. The defendant appealed. Continue reading

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En materia penal, la carga de la prueba recae únicamente en la acusación. En otras palabras, la acusación debe ofrecer pruebas suficientes para establecer no solo que se cometió un delito, sino también que el acusado es la persona que cometió el delito imputado. Si la fiscalía no puede cumplir con su carga de la prueba, el acusado no debe ser condenado. Esto se explicó recientemente en un fallo en el que un tribunal de Washington revocó la condena por agresión de un acusado con el argumento de que la fiscalía no cumplió con su carga de la prueba. Si lo acusaron de un delito de agresión, es aconsejable reunirse con un abogado defensor de agresión de Tacoma capacitado para evaluar qué evidencia puede presentar el Estadoen el juicio.

Los Hechos Del Caso

Se alega que la policía de Tacoma respondió a una llamada al 911 informando sobre violencia doméstica. Durante la llamada, la víctima identificó a su presunto agresor por su nombre. Luego, el Estado acusó al acusado de múltiples cargos de agresión con agravantes de violencia doméstica. La víctima no compareció en el juicio, a pesar de que los fiscales emitieron una orden para obligarla a comparecer. El Estado juzgó el caso sin el testimonio de la víctima. Según se informa, durante el juicio, el acusado se presentó por su nombre y el oficial que respondió a la llamada al 911 testificó que la víctima identificó a su atacante y que la persona a la que nombró tenía el mismo nombre que el acusado. El jurado finalmente condenó al acusado, quien apeló, argumentando que el Estado no presentó pruebas suficientes para establecer que él era el agresor de la víctima. Continue reading

Identity-194x300In criminal matters, the burden of proof rests solely with the prosecution. In other words, the prosecution must offer evidence sufficient to establish not only that a crime was committed but also that the defendant is the person that committed the charged offense. If the prosecution is unable to meet its burden of proof, the defendant should not be convicted. This was explained recently in a ruling in which a Washington court reversed a defendant’s assault conviction on the grounds that the prosecution failed to meet its burden of proof. If you were charged with an assault offense, it is wise to meet with a capable Tacoma assault defense attorney to evaluate what evidence the State may introduce at trial.

The Facts of the Case

It is alleged that Tacoma police responded to a 911 call reporting domestic violence. During the call, the victim identified her alleged attacker by name. The State then charged the defendant with multiple counts of assault with domestic violence aggravators. The victim failed to appear at trial, despite the fact that prosecutors issued a warrant to compel her to appear. The State tried the case without the victim’s testimony.

Reportedly, during the trial, the defendant introduced himself by name, and the officer that responded to the 911 call testified that the victim identified her attacker and that the person she named had the same name as the defendant. The jury ultimately convicted the defendant, and he appealed, arguing that the State presented insufficient evidence to establish that he was the victim’s attacker. Continue reading

DNA-217x300Under Washington law, law enforcement agencies have the duty to collect DNA samples from certain criminal defendants. If a criminal defendant refuses to submit to an agency’s request for a DNA sample, they may be compelled by the courts to comply. This was demonstrated in a recent case in which a defendant charged with an assault crime argued she should not have to comply with DNA identification. If you are accused of an assault offense, it is important to know and understand your rights, and you should confer with a Tacoma assault defense attorney promptly.

Background of the Case

It is reported that the defendant was charged with first-degree assault. She entered a guilty plea and was convicted. Following her conviction, she was directed to provide a biological sample for purposes of DNA identification analysis. She appealed, arguing that the State already had her DNA as she had been convicted of felonies before.

DNA Identification of Criminal Defendants in Washington

The appellate court affirmed the trial court’s order compelling the defendant to provide a DNA sample. The appellate court adopted the state’s argument that the defendant’s appeal was moot. Specifically, the court noted that the Department of Corrections collected the defendant’s DNA shortly after she was sentenced, therefore removing the appellate court’s ability to provide effective relief for the alleged legal error. Continue reading

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