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Casey Matthew Arbenz

Casey Arbenz’s Legal Guides

7 total

  • Always Read the Statute

    A competent lawyer might think that, because its almost 2012, he or she can rely on the constitutionality of Washington statutes and municipal codes especially ones that have been around for a long time.After all, wasnt Erwin ChemerinskysConstitutional Lawbook the thickest one i...

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  • Consider Your Alternatives

    The Washington State Legislature recently passed Haileys Law a bill allowing police to impound vehicles of suspected drunk drivers for a minimum of 12 hours after the driver is cited. Because police, as an exception to the Article I VII warrant requirement, are permitted to co...

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  • A hunch ain't much

    The Washington Supreme Court has once again rejected the notion that police can seize individuals without a warrant based on an officer's hunch that an individual is involved in criminal activity. In State v. Doughty, 2010 Wash. LEXIS 820, the defendant approached a suspected ...

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  • Delay of Game -- By Casey Arbenz

    In Washington, if a juvenile commits a crime and then turns 18, the State may charge him or her as an adult for the conduct that occurred while he/she was a juvenile. While a defendant has no constitutional right to juvenile court jurisdiction, in situations where juvenile court...

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  • Mere presence – not a crime! -- By Casey Arbenz

    A recent Hester Law Group case involved a client who let a few of his friends live in his detached garage. These "friends" created a meth lab in the garage, and our client was charged as an accomplice for manufacturing methamphetamine based solely upon the following evidence: (1...

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  • Armed and Dangerous – or just “Armed?” -- By Casey Arbenz

    The Washington State Constitution guarantees its citizens the right to bear arms: "The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the State, shall not be impaired...." Wash. Const. art. I, ? 24. Washington law also permits "enhanced" punishment for of...

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  • Behind Closed Doors -- By Casey Arbenz

    Washingtonians have a constitutionally guaranteed right to a public trial. This right extends to the jury selection process; however, potential jurors may be interviewed in private under "exceptional circumstances." In these situations, trial courts have historically been requi...

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