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Cars on private property are protected from unwarranted searches

When law enforcement officers want to inspect a vehicle on private property in Washington, they will need to get a search warrant. The Supreme Court of the United States has affirmed this protection in a recent 8-1 ruling with only Justice Samuel Alito dissenting.

Study finds 6 percent of prisoners were wrongfully convicted

When a person is exonerated for wrongful conviction based on new DNA evidence, Washington residents may hear about it, especially when the person was originally found guilty of serious crimes like murder or rape. About 3 to 5 percent of these types of cases are affected by DNA evidence. However, the estimates for exonerations of other crimes, ranging from aggravated assault to drug possession or theft, are not widely known.

Ponzi scheme charges highlight white collar crime

Accusations of white-collar crime can hit hard when businesspeople or investors in Seattle and across the country are accused of fraud. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SED) has charged one Mississippi company with defrauding 150 investors of $85 million in an alleged Ponzi scheme. Ponzi schemes are named after Charles Ponzi, who ran a famous scheme in the 1920s that collected over $8 million from 30,000 people across the country.

Building a defense against DUI charges

For people in Washington, a drunk driving arrest can carry long-lasting consequences. Because a DUI conviction can have such a serious impact on a person's life, it can be particularly important to mount a defense prior to going to court. There are several options that alleged offenders can use to overcome drunk driving charges.

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