Why do Prosecutors File Charges Against Innocent People?

Posted by Keith Hall | Jan 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

As a criminal defense lawyer, I regularly meet with people who wonder how they or someone they love could be charged with a criminal offense, when they are innocent. I'm always a little bit shocked by the naivety that they display when asking this, but at the same time I understand their feelings. Those of us who defend the accused, are used to seeing people that we truly believe are innocent, have their lives upended by the criminal court system.

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Child Pornography Arrests & Prosecutions in Seattle & King County Expanding

Posted by Keith Hall | Dec 09, 2015 | 0 Comments

Captain Mike Edwards runs the Seattle Police Department's task force for Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC). The Seattle Police Department is the lead agency for the Washington State Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which is a member of the national ICAC organization. ICAC is made up of various state and federal task forces, and was started in 1998.

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Social Media, the Internet and Teens Today

Posted by Keith Hall | Dec 07, 2015 | 0 Comments

I think I can speak for all of the teenagers, at least the ones I grew up with, and admit that we all committed crimes as part of that stage of growing to become responsible adults. Teenagers push their boundaries their parents, peers, teachers, and the law. Hollywood films romanticize the underage parties, drug consumption, skipping of school, and joyriding in cars. In fact some of the stories my friends and I still talk about ,when we get together as forty-something year old men, are the times we did something stupid and illegal in our teens and twenties and lived to tell about it. I often am thankful that when I grew up we didn't have cell phones, the internet, social media, or Instagram. If we got in trouble we didn't make videos of it on our cell phones.

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How Can I Get My Criminal Case Dismissed?

Posted by Keith Hall | Dec 04, 2015 | 0 Comments

As a criminal defense lawyer I meet daily with people charged with criminal offenses. These offenses ranging from relatively minor ones like shoplifting or driving with a suspended license, to more major offenses like sex crimes or violent assaults. Naturally, those hiring a lawyer are looking to minimize the legal consequences they face. I am regularly asked when a case could possibly be dismissed, and what event might lead to that.

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Uber Ride Service May Decrease Drunk Driving

Posted by Keith Hall | Nov 09, 2015 | 0 Comments

I read an interesting article that seems to support what I believe we have been seeing for some time, specifically that there are fewer drunk drivers on the roads since the arrival of cheaper and more convenient transportation options. The article discussed the findings of two Temple University professors, who found that "[p]reliminary analysis conducted by ride sharing firms and several industry analysts suggest that introduction of Uber and other ride sharing services has a negative effect on DUI arrests"

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Juvenile Marijuana Possession is now a Felony in Washington

Posted by Keith Hall | Sep 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Marijuana possession by a juvenile used to be a misdemeanor level offense in the state of Washington, punishable by up to 90 days in jail.  However a little known side effect of the recent medical marijuana legalization movement, was to get tougher on juvenile offenders.  The full text of Senate ...

Continue Reading Loses in Washington Supreme Court Case

Posted by Keith Hall | Sep 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

On September 3rd, the Washington Supreme Court dealt a blow to's efforts to continue their business model.  They had sought to avoid civil liability, for assisting pimps in selling the sex services of underage prostitutes online.  The company had argued that they should assume no civ...

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How Does Bail Work?

Posted by Keith Hall | Sep 09, 2015 | 0 Comments

One of the frequent questions I find myself answering to clients in my office is on the subject of posting bail.  Bail is something that most people never have to deal with, and they often find themselves wondering: 1) what is it; 2) how does it work; and 3) what is it for? The reason that a per...

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Prep School Rape Verdict - Not Guilty to Felony Rape Charges

Posted by Keith Hall | Sep 04, 2015 | 0 Comments

At the end of August, a young prep school student was found not guilty of felony rape charges against a fellow student in New York.   This case had a huge media following, since it involved an elite prep school, and alleged that the school had a culture whereby older male students would engage in...

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Revenge Porn Law Enacted in Washington State

Posted by Keith Hall | Aug 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

On September 26, 2015 a new law takes effect in the state of Washington, pertaining to publication of intimate images, otherwise known as "revenge porn". Under the Revised Code of Washing, Chapter 4.24, a person will have a civil cause of action against those who intentionally and without consen...

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Jared Fogle Sniffer Dog Coming to Seattle Police

Posted by Keith Hall | Aug 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Indiana law enforcement team that served a search search warrant at the home of Subway sandwich pitchman Jared Fogle's house had a secret weapon for finding hidden media storage device.  That secret weapon was "Bear" a two-year-old Labrador who is one of only five specially trained dogs who h...

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HB 1276 - Open Container Law Extended to Marijuana

Posted by Keith Hall | Aug 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Starting on September 26, 2015 a new law will take effect in Washington state that makes it a civil offense to carry marijuana in an opened container inside a motor vehicle.   This will bring marijuana possession on par with alcohol possession, in that carrying an open container in a motor vehic...

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Why You Should Never Speak With the Police

Posted by Keith Hall | Aug 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Most of us are taught from a young age to be respectful to our elders, as well as authority figures.  We are raised to believe that police officers are there to help us, and if we are ever in trouble, we can count on them.  When I was a child our elementary school had "officer friendly" come to a...

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The Vanishing Crime of DUI

Posted by Keith Hall | Jul 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Vanishing Crime Of DUI - How Technology Will End this Problem As much as politicians, news media, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), schools, and law enforcement have tried to reduce the incidence of drunk driving, it is likely that nothing will do more to end the practice than technology...

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City of Kent Prostitution Arrests - Taking it to the "Johns"

Posted by Keith Hall | May 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

The south King County cities of Kent, Auburn, Renton, SeaTac, and Tukwila have launched a program of arrests and prosecutions intended to get tough on those who hire prostitutes.  Kent Municipal Court Judge Karli Jorgensen recently went on the record in a Seattle Times interview and expressed he...

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Seattle Sex Crime Defense Attorney

Posted by Keith Hall | Apr 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Seattle and Kent Sex Crime Defense Attorneys The criminal defense attorneys in our office regularly appear in both the King County Superior Courts, located in Seattle and Kent.   There are actually two King County superior courthouses. One is located in Kent. at the Maleng Regional Justice Cent...

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Pre-Employment Background Checks and Criminal History

Posted by Keith Hall | Apr 01, 2015 | 0 Comments

When I applied for my first job, there was not even an employment application.  I met with the owner of the business, we had a short discussion, and they told me I was hired.  This was nearly thirty years ago, but things sure have changed! When people apply for jobs these days, they inevitably w...

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King & Pierce County Domestic Violence Charges

Posted by Keith Hall | Feb 02, 2015 | 0 Comments

A Defense Attorney's View of the Changes in Domestic Violence Cases Over the years, the lawyers at Newton & Hall have seen significant changes in how these cases are initially handled, as well as how they are resolved. The Police: 10-20 years ago, when the police were called out to the sce...

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