Resources

Practice Advisories

WDA staff and the resource attorneys have created practice advisories on issues relevant to indigent defense. These documents are in Word format and you are encouraged to cut and paste them into your motions and other documents.

If you have an issue that you feel we should prepare an advisory on, let us know. If you have prepared practice advisories and would like to submit one for publication to the indigent defense community, please contact staff for publication to our data base.

As with all resources, WDA attempts to keep these documents current, but it is your responsibility to check the law for changes.

Here are the main subcategories for our Practice Advisories.

 

Below are the most recently updated documents and links in all practice advisories categories

LFO 2018 Update – Superior Court (05.2018)

In 2018 the Washington Legislature made significant changes to the imposition and collection of legal financial obligations (LFOs). These changes include elimination of imposition of costs on a defendant who is indigent at the tim...

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Indeterminate Sex Offense Sentences and the ISRB (05.2018)

This WDA Practice Advisory covers the SRA sentencing of individuals convicted of “two strike” sex offenses that are not persistent offenders, pursuant to RCW 9.94A.507.

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Changes to Juvenile Auto Decline and Decline (Table Format)(3.2018)

This Practice Advisory provides a summary, in table format, of the 2018 significant changes to decline and auto-decline statutes impacting youth who are 16 or 17 at the time of the offense for certain offenses. The new law also al...

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Juvenile Auto Decline and Decline -2018 Changes (3.2018)

This Practice Advisory provides a summary of the 2018 significant changes to decline and auto-decline statutes impacting youth who are 16 or 17 at the time of the offense for certain offenses. The new law also allows a judge to se...

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Protective Sweeps (01/2018)

This practice advisory discusses the two kinds of protective sweeps and includes arguments that they must occur incident to arrest.

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Client File – Client Wants Copy (8.2015)

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Privacy Act and Drug or Sex Trafficking Investigations (9.2015)

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Privacy Act and Recordings During Traffic Stops (9.2105)

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Privacy Act and In-Custody Recording

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Assault 4 Legal Issues and Trial Strategy (1.2017)

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