Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

WACDL was formed to improve the quality and administration of justice.  WACDL has over 900 members – private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, and related professionals committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal justice system.

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News & Information

Kallie Ferguson on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Kallie Ferguson on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

"Our country over-criminalizes and doesn’t seek out good alternatives to jail. I want to be a driving force against that system."

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Nancy Neal on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

"The conduct that is defined as 'criminal' is often regular human behavior."

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In Re Griffin No. 42012-1-II

In an unpublished decision COA Div 2 remanded for a new trial because the state failed to disclose evidence favorable to Mr. Griffin that created a reasonable probability that the outcome would have been different.

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City of Kent v. Corey Cobb No. 73929-8

Is the statutory provision contained in RCW 46.61.502(1)(b) which establishes that a THC concentration of 5.00 ng/ml or higher unconstitutionally vague.

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Emily M. Gause on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Emily M. Gause on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

"There is never a dull moment in criminal defense. I love fighting the good fight."

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Pattern Jury Instructions

New criminal instructions now available online.

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Edwin Aralica on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Edwin Aralica on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

"It is so important to represent our clients with dignity, respect, and a sense of humanity."

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Omar Nur on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Omar Nur on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

"The cases are always interesting and it is very fulfilling to help guide my clients through these difficult times in their lives."

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State v. Houston-Sconiers & Roberts No. 92605-1

Whether the right to due process and fundamental fairness requires holding a hearing prior to a youth's decline to adult court to consider whether the transfer is justified in light of the individual circumstances of the youth as well as other factors.

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Weaver v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts, No. 16-240

Whether a defendant asserting ineffective assistance that results in a structural error must, in addition to demonstrating deficient performance, show that he was prejudiced by counsel's ineffectiveness, as held by four circuits and five state courts of last resort; or whether prejudice is presumed in such cases, as held by four other circuits and two state high courts.

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Briana Wakefield v. City of Kennewick

WACDL has joined the ACLU, Washington Defender Association, Columbia Legal Services, Center for Justice & Disability Rights Washington in an amicus brief filed on a Petition for Discretionary Review seeking a determination of whether: requiring a person to pay legal financial obligations out of means-tested Social Security benefits violates the anti- alienation provision of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 407(A); the law requires a meaningful opportunity to seek remission of LFOs by demonstrating “manifest hardship"; and does failure to remit LFO payments for people whose sole source of income is means-tested public benefits create significant obstacles to reintegration.

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PCAST Report on Forensic Science Released

President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

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