Criminal Defense Lawyer in Washington State, Attorney Phillip L Weinberg

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Teenage Boredom

As reported in the New York Times and elsewhere, there were a number of incidents of teenagers getting into large fights at malls recently. Hopefully your children were not involved in any of them.

Interestingly, Washington State does not generally bar fighting in public statewide, as mentioned by this King County Bar Association article.  However it still may fall under Disorderly Conduct and is also against some city codes, such as in Port Orchard and Pullman. In Seattle it's illegal to fight in public if it endangers others: "a substantial risk of [...] Injury to a person who is not actively participating in the fight; or [...] Damage to the property of a person who is not actively participating in the fight."

It also violates the usual posted rules of malls, and makes their continuing presence in the mall Trespassing, a private property owner can still make their own rules, within the bounds of the law.

However, this only applies to unarmed, fair "Mano a Mano" combat, not assault  against an unwilling participant; and if a fight takes place at home, or between family members, Domestic Violence law applies.

Before you try to start a new "Fight Club", remember that people can be seriously, permanently disabled or killed  by a single punch.

Phillip L. Weinberg

I have more than 20 years of experience defending my clients' rights. I handle all cases personally from start to finish, ensuring that each of my clients gains the full benefit of my many years of experience. At my firm, there are no associates right out of law school showing up in court knowing practically nothing about you or your case, I know my way around the courts and how they work. Throughout my career, I have learned that the best approach is not always the most aggressive one, though sometimes there is no other choice. My first goal in every case is the dismissal of my client's charge(s). In many situations, however, I have found that negotiation offers better opportunities for success.When you work with me your case will never be passed off to a paralegal or a less-experienced associate. I am a solo practitioner and always have been.


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