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
"Our country over-criminalizes and doesn’t seek out good alternatives to jail. I want to be a driving force against that system."
"The conduct that is defined as 'criminal' is often regular human behavior."
In an unpublished decision COA Div 2 remanded for a new trial because the state failed to disclose evidence favorable to Mr.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.
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.
"There is never a dull moment in criminal defense. I love fighting the good fight."
New criminal instructions now available online.
"It is so important to represent our clients with dignity, respect, and a sense of humanity."
"The cases are always interesting and it is very fulfilling to help guide my clients through these difficult times in their lives."
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.
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.
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.
President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology