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Marijuana in Washington – It’s Only Legal if you Know All the Rules

  On December 6, 2012, after a 56% to 44% vote in favor of I-502, adults in Washington State were allowed to possess one ounce of marijuana for personal use. For those who may not be familiar with the particulars of marijuana, it is not measured in ounces; it is measured in grams. One ounce…

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Alcohol, Marijuana, Dynamite, and Driving

The war over impaired driving has been raging for decades now, or at least since cars, alcohol, and drugs have existed side by side. One would think that we would have reached a consensus by now on how to deal with the problem but we seem further than ever from a solution. There are those…

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How to Drink like an Icelander

Iceland is the one Western country that shares with the United States years of prohibition in the 20th Century. Since those days, both countries have resumed drinking with full gusto. However, unlike the US, DUI’s in Iceland are some of the lowest in the world, even though most people own a car. Abstinence makes the…

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Presumed Guilt and the Media

It kind of all started with Rodney King—a video showing a man beaten nearly senseless by the police, and yet a jury let them off. Since then, the public has practically demanded to be the 13th member of the jury in any high-profile criminal case. But how is that working for us? Mistrust of the…

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How to be a good designated driver

There is always seems to be a reason to paint the town red. Even when it isn’t holiday party season, it’s someone’s birthday, or time to celebrate a job promotion, or even to just rejoice that you have finally made it to the weekend once again. Of course you look forward to going out and…

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“Do you know why I pulled you over tonight?”

You just left a wonderful company party, it’s late at night, and you can’t wait to get home. Not long after getting on the road, though, you are surprised to see lights flashing behind you. You pull over safely and the police officer approaches your window, asking for your license and registration. And then the…

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Why Assault is Nothing Like the Movies

You have seen this exact scene played out over and over again in the movies: You are minding your own business, enjoying a night out on the town. Your beautiful girlfriend accidentally bumps into someone as you walk through the bar, and even though she said she was sorry, he just won’t let it go.…

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“Have you been drinking?”

It’s always best to not drive when you drink. Everyone knows to get a designated driver or call a cab. It is important to be responsible, but it is also important to understand your rights. When you are pulled over and suspected of a DUI, what questions are you legally required to answer? You should…

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Fear and DUI Laws

The advantage of an informal poll is that the respondents don’t over think their answers; they are instead based on an instinctive gut reaction. That is why informal DUI polls are so interesting. The fear of drunk drivers is so intense that some people seem willing to agree to any type of tactic to stop…

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Is a Fair Trial Possible for a Property Crime Charge in Spokane?

The Constitution of the United States assures every citizen a trial by a fair and impartial jury. That, of course is the ideal; and for the most part, judges and attorneys conscientiously screen possible jurors for any prejudice or partiality. However, selecting a jury for a crime such as DUI and finding an impartial jury…

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