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November 2011 Archives

NJ man pleads guilty to DUI in 'Idol' contestant case

Our readers who follow the popular television show "American Idol" may be aware of the 2009 death of a contestant resulting from a drunk-driving accident. The man accused of killing the former contestant had been charged with manslaughter and other charges.

Washington man pleads guilty to no contact order violation

When a man is prevented from being with his children because of a court order, he may go to desperate measures to see his family. No contact orders can sometimes be used to protect people who were allegedly assaulted, but they are often produce familial discord. Whenever a no contact order is issued against a parent, he or she is unable to see or even speak with his or her children, even if the order prevents him or her from speaking with the children's other parent. When these situations happen, a parent may be so driven to reunite his or her family that he or she may violate a no contact order; the problem is that violating the order is a crime.

Man involved in domestic violence house fire enters Alford plea

Back in July, we posted a story about a 40-year-old Seattle man who was charged with arson, domestic violence and felony domestic violence after setting fire to a home he co-owned with his ex-wife. That incident, as we noted, was accompanied by the violation of a protective order for his ex-wife, who was not present at the time the house was set on fire.

DUI charges and driver's license suspension, P.2

In our last post, we began looking at driver's license suspension in Washington, particularly when your license can be suspended and what happens if it is. Here we'll look at how you go about contesting your suspension.

DUI charges and driver's license suspension, P.1

On this blog, one of the topics we frequently write about is DUI charges. Driver's license suspension is one of the potential consequences of a DUI charge, and here we will take a look at some basic information concerning DUI license suspensions.

Veterans with PSTD may be at greater risk for domestic violence

A recent article in the Seattle Weekly brought attention to the problem of domestic violence among veterans. The article noted an ongoing local study which shows that around 45 percent of veterans seeking treatment for post traumatic stress disorder displayed aggressive behavior toward their spouse. Those numbers may be even larger among veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Undercover police officer charged with DUI has previous conviction

An undercover Seattle police detective was recently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in an unmarked police car. According to police records, the officer-who is a 23-year veteran of the department-had been driving the vehicle around 1:30 in the afternoon when he rear-ended a vehicle sitting at an intersection on State Route 525 near Mukilteo.

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