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Nov 6, 2020 | KOMO NEWS 4 - By Preston Phillips

Washington Attorney Lays Out Your Right to Defend Yourself

“If somebody's threatening your life, then you do have the right to use lethal force,” said John Tymczyszyn, a criminal defense attorney.

He said drivers do not have to retreat and can use force, even deadly, to escape from a situation where they feel like their life or family's life is being threatened.

“If they're breaking into your car and you feel like you're about to be seriously injured or killed, you have the right to use deadly force,” Tymczyszyn said, adding that motorists can drive away even if they risk hitting those who are blocking the driver's path.

Aug 28, 2020 | KIRO NEWS 7 - By Deborah Horne

Meth Contamination Found at State Crime Law

It has happened again, an internal investigation uncovering a defect at the Washington State crime lab that could affect more than 3,800 criminal cases across the state, the lion's share of them DUIs.

“It's sloppy and it's incompetent,” said John Tymczyszyn, a Bellevue defense attorney. “And this is a place that has to have a sterile environment.”

Instead, says Tymczyszyn, investigators found samples were contaminated with methamphetamine.

“DUIs, vehicular assault, vehicular homicide, sexual assault and (the lab) also does tests on dead bodies to determine the cause of death,” said Tymczyszyn. “There are thousands of impacted cases and a history of problems at this laboratory.”

Oct 5, 2019 | Tacoma News Tribune - By James Drew

Would R-88 level the playing field or institute quotas based on race, other factors

Olympia - Referendum 88 on the Nov 5 statewide ballot ask voters to resolve.....John Tymczyszyn, a veterans and Bellevue attorney who specializes in veterans employment law, said I-1000 would override sections of state law that give preference to honorably discharged veterans in public employment. The preference also applies to partners of 100% disabled veterans

What veterans are giving up is a mandatory veterans preference in employment hiring. What we're getting is an appointed committee of bureaucrats that will decide which underrepresented group needs help," said Tymczyszyn, who is legislative director of the Washington State veterans Bar Association.  The Stance of the veterans bar association is to reject R-88. 

June 18, 2019 | KIRO NEWS 7 - By Deborah Horne

Prosecutors say DUI cases can proceed despite defective blood vials

KENT, Wash. - Why this is important is that the defective vials were used in DUI cases in at least 20 of the state's 39 counties since last August. The vast majority are in the Puget Sound region, nearly 700 DUI cases across the state. And the Bellevue DUI lawyer insists the evidence from those defective vials should be tossed.

"The judges in the state of Washington and the state should not admit any evidence related to these blood vials into DUI cases.," insists John Tymczyszyn. "And all the cases that have already been heard, those convictions may be overturned."

December 21, 2017 | Newsweek Magazine - By Nina Burleigh

Tech Bros bought sex trafficking victims by using Amazon and Microsoft work emails

Updated | Silicon Valley's Female Problem was well-known long before the #MeToo movement started toppling piggish men in media, politics and the arts. But emails obtained by Newsweek reveal another sordid corner of the tech sector's treatment of women: a horny nest of prostitution “hobbyists” at tech giants Microsoft, Amazon and other firms in Seattle's high tech alley.

December 15, 2017 | KIRO NEWS 7 - By Allison Grande

Bellevue prostitution cases dropped after police error

BELLEVUE, Wash. - Detectives from the Bellevue Police Department and King County Sheriff's Office set up a prostitution sting last summer and arrested 110 men on suspicion of patronizing prostitutes. Today, they announced 61 of those cases were dismissed after an error by Bellevue detectives

June 14, 2017 | The Seattle Times - By Sara Jean Green

Name change for prostitution charge in Seattle brings errors in background checks

Bellevue defense attorney John Tymczyszyn (pronounced Tim-chiz-in) understands the intent behind the language, but said it's confusing and misleading. He said it has resulted in serious errors on criminal-background checks and led to significant fears that a conviction could have immigration consequences for foreign-born men here on visas. That's because federal immigration officials, who are unlikely to research a city ordinance, have broad discretion when it comes to approving visas and allowing entry into the country, he said.

April 17, 2017 | SeattleU Lawyer Magazine– By Claudine Benmar

Veterans Serve with honor: Alumni step up to advocate on behalf of military service members

Back home in Olympia, veterans legal advocates are pushing for passage of legislation that would create an Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance within the Attorney General's Office. John Tymczyszyn '12, a Bellevue-based criminal defense attorney and former Navy pilot, said the office would field requests from low-income veterans and match up their cases with volunteer attorneys. A final vote is expected later this spring.

April, 17, 2017 | Washington State Office of Attorney General – By Paul Lavallee

Attorney General Ferguson’s military pro bono legislation passes Legislature

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson's proposal to establish a clearinghouse to connect current and former service members in Washington state to pro bono legal service providers passed the Senate today in an overwhelming, bipartisan 95-0 vote. “We are really thrilled with the passage of this legislation,” said John Tymczyszyn, Legislative Director of the Washington State Veterans Bar Association. “The attorneys, judges and law students of the Washington State Veterans Bar Association stand with the Attorney General and are ready to volunteer our time and expertise to make this legislation a reality.”

Nov 10, 2016 | The Tacoma News Tribune - By Attorney General Bob Ferguson and John M. Tymczyszyn

Washington veterans deserve more legal help

Legal issues make it harder for veterans to integrate into civilian society, find employment and enroll in educational opportunities. A recent report on the civil legal needs of Washington's low income community found that military members and veterans experience higher incidents of complex legal problems than the general population.

Oct 10, 2016 | The Seattle Times - By Steve Miletich

Gay man wins dismissal of 1995 indecency case stemming from Lynnwood police sting

Rodney Antonson, who pleaded guilty after a 1995 indecent-exposure arrest stemming from a police sting operation targeting men seeking sex with other men, has fallen short in his public quest to obtain a pardon.But the 51-year-old Renton man, who told his story to The Seattle Times last year, has persuaded a judge to dismiss the case. It is tantamount to a “pardon with less fanfare,” said Antonson's Bellevue attorney, John Tymczyszyn.

Aug 26, 2016 | KIRO NEWS 7 - By Deborah Horne

Bothell teacher could face jail for allegedly lying about attack

BOTHELL, Wash. - Eastside attorney John Tymczyszyn was asked if what Cal Pygott did was criminal."Absolutely," said Tymczyszyn.  "Filing a false police report is a criminal action."  In addition to filing a false police report, "obstructing police, or making false or misleading statements to police are three charges he possibly faces," Tymczyszyn added.

Feb 26, 2016 | KIRO NEWS 7 - By Deborah Horne

DUI's down; impared millennials taking Uber, Lyft

SEATTLE —It took just a few minutes at the Stout bar on Seattle's Capitol Hill to find someone who fits the demographic."I'm 30," said Symon Perriman. "I like to go out. I like to drink but I never drink and drive now." Perriman says he and his friends just book a ride-sharing service."You have an Uber where you can just pick up your phone," said Perriman.

Sept 2, 2015 | KIRO News Radio 97.3 - By Dori Monson and Kipp Roberts

Man who exposed himself to Lynnwood cop claims entrapment

Rodney Antonson's life was turned upside down in August of 1995. The Renton man was approached by another man who offered sex at Lynnwood's Scribner Lake Park. When Antonson accepted and exposed himself, he was arrested. It was entrapment, Antonson's attorney, John Tymczyszyn, argues.

Aug 31, 2015 | The Seattle Times - By Jack Broom

Renton resident seeks pardon over public-indecency sting targeting gay men

After two decades of hoping people wouldn't find out he exposed himself to an undercover police officer in a Lynn­wood park, Rodney Antonson is going public in a big way. The 50-year-old Renton man, who pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of public indecency, is asking for a pardon from Gov. Jay Inslee in a case Antonson's attorney says could have implications for dozens, possibly hundreds, of gay men arrested in police sting operations in the 1990s.

Feb 9, 2015 | KIRO NEWS 7 - By Deborah Horne

Kirkland man "banned" from downtown Bellevue faces jail time

KIRKLAND, Wash. - Twenty-four-year-old Max Purpus Madrid's troubles started last November when he got so intoxicated while celebrating with friends in a room they booked at the Hyatt Hotel, that he was asked to leave. "I remember coming up and seeing the security guards and the police," said Madrid. "And from then, I don't remember much."

Sept 15, 2014 | The Bainbridge Island review - By John Tymczyszyn

Flood is an exceptional choice for Kitsap County District Court Judge

As the chairman of the Washington State Veterans Bar Association, I am pleased to announce that our organization endorses Tracy Flood for judge. Unfortunately, after over a decade of war, our service members and veterans have found themselves increasingly involved in the Kitsap County District Court system.

Jan 1, 2014 | Washington State Veterans Bar Association - By

John named as Washington State Veteran Bar Association 2014 Chair

Navy veteran John Tymczyszyn has been named as the 2014 chair of the Washignton State Veterans Bar Association. The Washington State Veterans Bar Association (WSVBA) is the professional association of Veteran attorneys, and law students that serves as a network for its members and a resource for the 650,000 Veterans of Washington State.

Aug 25, 2013 | The Seattle Times - By John Tymczyszyn

Guest: State and schools should deliver on supporting veterans

AS of Aug. 1, the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill has been in effect for four years. Nearly 1 million veterans have spent about $30 billion in federal benefits at universities around the country. Over the next four years even more veterans are expected to participate.



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