Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

The mission of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is to foster the integrity, independence and expertise of criminal defense lawyers; to support the criminal defense community through education and the exchange of information; to promote the fair and just administration of criminal justice; and to ensure due process and defend the rights secured by law for all persons accused of crime.

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News & Information

State v. Tyler Watkins WSSC #94973-5

WACDL filed an amicus brief on Mr. Watkins behalf addressing the issue of whether Washington's automatic decline statute which requires prosecution of youth in the adult criminal justice system with no hearing or other procedural protections prior to transferring the case pursuant to RCW 13.04.020(0(e)(v) is unconstitutional.

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State v. Anthony Hand, WSSC #94902-6

WACDL filed an amicus brief on behalf of Mr. Hand who petitioned for review to the WSSC from a decision of the COA in #4848-1-1 issued on July 25, 2017 in which the COA held that WSH's delay in admitting Mr. Hand for competency restoration treatment did not require dismissal under CrR 8.3(b) because he could not demonstrate that the delay in receiving restorative treatment prejudiced his right to a fair trial, and dismissal was not required for the due process violation apart from CrR 8.3(b). The petition for review was granted on December 6, 2017.

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Are You Interested in Serving on the WACDL Board?

If you are interested in a board position, let us know by February 10.

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In Re Eduardo Sandoval, WSSC # 92412-1

WACDL filed an amicus brief on Mr. Sandoval's PRP which followed a direct appeal consolidated with a first PRP. This was a successive PRP filed beyond the 1-year time limit which raised different issues. The WSSC granted review on the petition on multiple issues.

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Thank You to Auction Item Purchasers

Thank you to all those who contributed by purchasing auction items at our December 8 Holiday Party and Auction!

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Thank You to Our Holiday Party Contributors

Thank you to those who contributed by raising their paddle at the Holiday Party and Auction.

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Thank You to Holiday Party Auction Item Donors

Thank you to the generous businesses and individuals who made auction item contributions for our December 8 holiday party!

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