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Man Arrested for Forgery Is Killed by Police

Posted by Steve Karimi | May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

In Minneapolis, yet another case of heavy-handed policing has occurred and has left one African American man dead at the hands of the police officers who were arresting him. The case in Minnesota has quickly gained national attention about a serious problem in this country: overzealous police off...

Seattle Police Shootings Continue to Rise

Posted by Steve Karimi | May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Yet another Seattle resident was shot and killed by the police this week. In 2019, 34 people were fatally killed by Seattle Police Department officers, which was a 6 percent increase from 2018. Mental illness, homelessness, and substance abuse issues plague a lot of people in Seattle, but police ...

Seattle Police Department Seeks to End Consent Decree

Posted by Steve Karimi | May 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Most all criminal charges that end up going to trial begin with an arrest by the police. Because of this frequent interaction of the police and the general public, it is very important that police act in a safe and ethical way. In fact, many of the protections that constrain police activity are w...

Anatomy of a Washington Criminal Case

Posted by Steve Karimi | May 07, 2020 | 0 Comments

Getting arrested is, in and of itself, a very stressful experience. The fear and stress associated with the situation can be enhanced even further if you have no clue what is going on or what might happen to you. When knowledge is sometimes half of the battle, hiring an experienced Seattle crimin...

Cyberhackers Take Advantage of Quarantine

Posted by Steve Karimi | Apr 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

With millions of Americans working from home now due to COVID-19, cybersecurity experts say hackers are targeting regular people to obtain personal information. Hackers are crashing video conferences to learn anything they can about a person and then using that information to create elaborate phi...

Self-Defense Laws in Seattle, Washington

Posted by Steve Karimi | Apr 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

While some crimes are undoubtedly committed out of malice, there are certain instances in which a person must take action in order to protect himself from harm by another person. If you have been charged with a violent crime in Seattle and believe that you were forced to act out of self-defense, ...

Snohomish Sheriff Will Not Enforce Stay-at-Home Mandate

Posted by Steve Karimi | Apr 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

We have discussed him before, but the Snohomish County sheriff is in the news again. Sheriff Adam Fortney says he believes Governor Inslee's “stay home, stay safe” statewide mandate is unconstitutional and he has no plans to enforce it in Snohomish County. Past Controversies Fortney, who is in ...

The New Hope Act and Life After Conviction

Posted by Steve Karimi | Apr 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, then it can often feel like your life is caving in on you. After a conviction, this feeling can intensify. Returning to life as normal with a conviction on your record can be difficult. Jobs are harder to come by, obtaining insurance can be diff...

Seattle Restrictions on Gathering: A Constitutional Issue?

Posted by Steve Karimi | Apr 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

As the novel coronavirus has spread across the globe, life has been drastically altered for the vast majority of the population. People in the Seattle area have felt the impact of the virus particularly strongly. The first case of the novel coronavirus in the United States was confirmed in Washin...

Coronavirus and the Aging Prison Population

Posted by Steve Karimi | Mar 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Last summer, we examined the issue of aging behind bars in Washington prisons. According to the Washington Department of Corrections, there were over 17 thousand inmates in our state at that time, and 18% of them were over the age of 50. The number of older inmates behind bars has risen in recent...

Law Enforcement During a Pandemic

Posted by Steve Karimi | Mar 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

The novel coronavirus is hitting the United States particularly hard. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the U.S. may possibly become the next epicenter of the viral outbreak. The greater Seattle area was the focus of the initial outbreak in our country, but the rate at which the...

Criminal Jury Trials Suspended Across the State

Posted by Steve Karimi | Mar 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Nearly two weeks ago, authorities in both King and Snohomish counties have suspended all criminal jury trials for a period of time, in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 in our local area. Now the rest of the state has followed suit, with jury trials for criminal matters suspended. Superior Co...

COVID19 Behind Bars

Posted by Steve Karimi | Mar 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

As the world continues to focus on the global pandemic of COVID19, many of us feel uncertain about what the next few days and weeks might look like. There is a general sense that "life as we know it" will not return to normal for a significant period of time. There are many groups deserving of ou...

Seattle Officer Fired Due to Allegations of Abuse and Bias

Posted by Steve Karimi | Mar 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Office of Police Accountability has announced that an officer has been fired after facing allegations of domestic abuse, recreational drug use, and a pattern of using slurs related to race, sexual identity, and gender.  The complaint submitted to the organization included instances during wh...

Rift Over LEAD Program Threatened Its Future

Posted by Steve Karimi | Feb 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Last month, in one of our blogs, we discussed how Seattle has often been seen as an example of how a city should target issues behind criminal behavior. One of the more popular programs in Seattle that has been successful in stemming the number of repeat offenders of low-level crime has been the ...

Can Your Case Be Challenged Under the Fourth Amendment?

Posted by Steve Karimi | Feb 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

Last week we discussed the Fourth Amendment and some scenarios during which it may come into play during an encounter with the police. To recap, the Fourth Amendment grants us certain safeguards when we are stopped and/or searched by law enforcement, and also prevents unlawfully seized items from...

More Police Using Ring Doorbells to Catch Thieves

Posted by Steve Karimi | Feb 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Smart technology has reached the home security market. It used to be that only wealthy people could afford to install a home security system that monitored doors and windows, but now there are simpler and cheaper options available to homeowners that lets them monitor their homes from their smartp...

Protections Under the Fourth Amendment

Posted by Steve Karimi | Feb 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution is one that comes into play quite often in the criminal justice system. The Fourth Amendment grants us certain safeguards when we are stopped and/or searched by law enforcement, and also prevents unlawfully seized items from being used agains...

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Named a "rising star" in criminal defense by Washington Law and Politics magazine, Mr. Karimi is a former prosecutor for King County who uses his insight into prosecution strategies to protect his clients' rights in criminal court.