FBI Conspires with Best Buy to Search Customers Computers

Posted by Keith Hall | May 08, 2017 | 0 Comments

Technicians for Best Buy’s “Geek Squad City” computer repair facility had a long, close relationship with the FBI in “a joint venture to ferret out child porn,” according to claims in new federal court documents, which also note that Best Buy’s management “was aware that its supervisory personnel were being paid by the FBI” and that its technicians were developing a program to find child pornography with the FBI’s guidance.

Even Very Intelligent People Make Mistakes When Agreeing to Speak to the Police.

Posted by Keith Hall | May 01, 2017 | 0 Comments

Never meet with law enforcement, state agencies, or any investigators of any kind without speaking to your attorney first. If you are pressured to make a decision immediately, politely decline. This is the best policy even if it does result in you being taken to jail, since often times they would have taken you to jail anyways, but if you cooperated, you would have given them more evidence to convict you at trial later on. Many times, I will allow my clients to meet with law enforcement and various investigating agencies, but I will never do that without being present and usually without setting ground rules such as: what questions will be asked; and whether we will be recording the interview.

Can you film the police while they are pulling you over in Washington?

Posted by Keith Hall | Apr 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

I often times have clients that wish they had filmed their interactions with the police. Many police agencies do not have in-car or body mounted cameras or audio recording equipment, and when there is no recording, it is possible that there will be differences in what people remember or perceive happened. On the other hand, a recording can make it perfectly clear what happened. I have had cases dismissed or won at trial because of a recording. I have also had clients who were shocked to see how they behaved in a recording. The recording may not have been perfectly filed or recorded, but it is at least unbiased.

Government Entrapment of Citizens

Posted by Keith Hall | Apr 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

The lawyers at Newton & Hall can assist you in determining if an entrapment defense is applicable in your case. RCW 9A.16.070 defines entrapment as: (1) In any prosecution for a crime, it is a defense that: (a) The criminal design originated in the mind of law enforcement officials, or any person acting under their direction, and (b) The actor was lured or induced to commit a crime which the actor had not otherwise intended to commit. (2) The defense of entrapment is not established by a showing only that law enforcement officials merely afforded the actor an opportunity to commit a crime.

Utah on the verge of the toughest drunk-driving standard in the U.S. – .05%

Posted by Keith Hall | Apr 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

“It’s a terrible law,” said Michele T. Corigliano, of the Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association, which represents more than 100 establishments. The executive director, is lobbying Governor Herbert to veto the measure. “We feel that because .05% is so low it’s going to put a lot people in jail who should not be in jail. It’s an extremely low-level … people who use too much mouthwash could be targeted.”

There hasn’t been a criminal defense lawyer on the Supreme Court in 25 years. That’s a problem.

Posted by Keith Hall | Apr 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

A criminal defense lawyer has not been part of the United States Supreme Court in over 25 years. This is problematic, since many of the cases are ones that concern criminal cases, yet there is no one on the bench to discuss represent those who provide a defense in those cases. The court has two ex-prosecutors currently, and if President Trump gets his appointment of Neil Gorsuch confirmed, the court will have a total of three, making up 1/3 of the justices.

Can you get a DUI for Caffeine?

Posted by Keith Hall | Jan 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

A man in California was recently charged with a DUI, after a blood test came up positive for only caffeine.  This became a national news story, and was featured on CNN, and although his case was later dismissed by the local district attorney, they did not back down on their assertion that a perso...

Cell Phone Tracking By Federal Government - Stingrays

Posted by Keith Hall | Jan 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

It was recently announced by the Department of Homeland Security, that they would require warrants for Stingray devices, which are used to simulate cell phone towers, and have the ability to zero in covertly on the location of cell phones. Previously, many of their agencies were surreptitiously using these suitcase sized devices, often while driving in cars, to look for cell phone information while posing as a cell phone tower.

How Does a Criminal Trial Work?

Posted by Keith Hall | Oct 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

My clients often have a belief as to how a criminal trial will work, that is based upon the trials that they have seen on television or the movie screens.  These trials may or may not accurately depict what a criminal trial will look like.  

CEO of Escort Company Rentboy.com Pleads Guilty to Promoting Prostitution & Backpage.com Executives Arrested for Felony Sex Charges

Posted by Keith Hall | Oct 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

The chief executive officer of New York based male escort site Rentboy.com, plead guilty and admitted in federal court in Brooklyn that he violated the law by promoting "the exchange of sexual conduct in return for a fee".  He is scheduled to be sentenced on February 2nd, and is facing a sentence...

The Stigma of a Sex Crime - Even for Those Found Not Guilty

Posted by Keith Hall | Sep 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

The most interesting thing about the article is that Nate Parker was found not guilty by a jury that listened to all of the evidence in the case, but the allegation from sixteen years ago is still following him in a negative way. Those who are accused of a sex crime are often considered by society to be guilty, before they ever get a chance to establish their innocence.

Sexual Exploitation / Prostitution Arrests in Seattle, WA

Posted by Keith Hall | Jul 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

The City of Seattle recently announced that 204 men, from all walks of life, were recently arrested in a sting operation run by the City of Seattle Police Department Vice Unit.  The Vice Unit ran an operation out of a previous massage parlor called the "Euro Spa" in the Roosevelt/University Distr...

How Much Does a Criminal Defense Lawyer Charge?

Posted by Keith Hall | Jul 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

As a longtime criminal defense lawyer I frequently meet with people who are tasked with choosing a criminal defense lawyer to represent their interests, or those of someone they care about.  There are many pitfalls that a person needs to consider in hiring a lawyer, and price is just one. The bi...

Don't Hire a National Law Firm for a Criminal Case

Posted by Keith Hall | Apr 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of the things I am seeing as a criminal defense lawyer in Washington, is a proliferation of nationwide criminal defense law firms.  Most of these law firms are headquartered in California, or some other state, and advertise heavily in yellow pages advertisements and on the web, in Washington ...

Scarlet Letter on Sex Offender's Passports

Posted by Keith Hall | Mar 01, 2016 | 0 Comments

The house and congress recently passed legislation that was in turn signed by President Obama, which will make it significantly more difficult for those who were convicted of a sex offense against children to travel. The law, known as International Megan’s Law, will require those who have been convicted of sex crimes against minors to carry special passports in which their status as registered sex offenders will be marked with conspicuous identifying marks.

How Does A Self-Defense Claim Work in Washington's Courts

Posted by Keith Hall | Feb 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

The law in Washington allows a person to defend themselves against violent crime by using force to overcome that threat.  The statute that authorizes this use of self-defense is RCW 9A.16.110, which states in part:   (1) No person in the state shall be placed in legal jeopardy of any kind whatso...

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