Attorney Katie Kauffman won a trial on Jan. 11 in Clark County District Court for a client charged with assaulting his wife.
An assistant city attorney took the case to trial despite the alleged victim making it clear that her husband had been very drunk, she’d been injured by accident and she wanted the assault charge dropped.
An assistant city attorney argued he should be able to let the jury know that Kauffman’s client had prior convictions for assault. Kauffman won that argument, however. Judge Chad Sleight said the jury wouldn’t hear about her client’s criminal history unless her client testified and made a statement (such as, “I would never hit anyone on purpose,”) that the prosecutor could then challenge by asking about past convictions.
Kauffman’s client did not testify during the one-day trial.
Attorney Grant Cole won a DUI trial recently in Clark County District Court. His client had refused to take a breath test, so he was facing a mandatory yearlong suspension of his driver’s license in addition to any jail sentence he may have received had he been convicted.
Driving under the influence, a gross misdemeanor, carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail.
Cole’s client was pulled over by a Vancouver police officer late one night because he had expired tabs and, according to the officer, had taken a wide turn onto Mill Plain Boulevard and then overcorrected to avoid hitting a curb.
The officer testified that our client’s eyes were bloodshot and he could smell the odor of alcohol, but he wasn’t confident he had had probable cause to arrest him for DUI. He knew that a Washington State Patrol trooper, a certified expert at administering roadside field sobriety tests, was on duty and nearby, so he asked for him to come to the scene.