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DUI

Can I Get My DUI Reduced?

Hi, I’m Roger Priest, lead attorney at VanWa Legal PLLC in Vancouver Washington and here today I am here to answer a question that I hear a lot. “Can I get my DUI reduced?” While it is possible to get your DUI reduced, it is very fact specific depending on your particular case. I can […]

News

Can I Refuse a Field Sobriety Test?

If you’ve been pulled over for driving while intoxicated, a police officer may ask you to take a Field Sobriety Test (FST). It’s important to know you have a legal right to deny participating in the test but understand what that means for the next steps in your case before you do. What Is A […]

Boating under the influence BUI

BUI: Did You Drink and Boat?

In the state of Washington, it’s illegal to operate a boat or paddlecraft while under the influence of alcohol or marijuana. Boating under the influence is a gross misdemeanor and can result in fines or jail time. If you have been charged with boating under the influence, it is recommended that you retain an attorney […]

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How Can You Better Your Life After a Criminal Conviction?

If you’re facing criminal conviction or have already been convicted of criminal offenses, the sooner you start to think about bettering your life, the sooner you’ll be able to get back on track. If you’ve been convicted, enlisting an expungement lawyer can help you overcome obstacles you’d face from obtaining your dream job or moving […]

Drug Possession, Crime and Charges

Minimizing the Damage from a Felony Drug Charge

If you’ve been charged with a felony drug offense, you should enlist the help of an experienced attorney right away to help minimize the damage. Depending on the type of drug, the amount of drugs in your possession, and your alleged intent, your lawyer will have different routes to help protect you. If the court […]

Malicious Mischief

What is the Fallout from a Malicious Mischief Conviction?

If you were in what started as a verbal fight but then break something owned by someone else or you co-owned, you may be charged with Malicious Mischief. While this is a lesser charge than physically hitting someone else, the charge still holds grave consequences that you’ll need an experienced domestic violence defense attorney to […]

Law Explanations

What Happens If I Miss a Court Date (Failure to Appear)?

Court cases can take a long time. Even if you are involved in a simple legal case, the sheer time for case resolution can be demanding for all participants. If you happen to be a defendant, the prosecuting attorneys can and will use every tool at their disposal to ensure the best outcome for them. […]

Firearm Rights Restoration

Roadblocks to Restoring Your Firearms License

With suitable legal representation, it’s possible to regain your firearms license without appearing in front of a court. Many value firearms possession as a critical second amendment right. However, depending on what led to revoking your firearms license, you may face some roadblocks. What Are Some Roadblocks To Restoring My Firearms License? If a court […]

DUI

Am I Eligible for a Deferred DUI Prosecution?

In Washington State, a deferred prosecution, as laid out in 10.05 RCW, allows someone accused of a crime, such as a DUI, to cite diseases such as alcoholism, drug addiction, or mental health issues and seek medical treatment and avoid harsh prosecution. What Is Deferred DUI Prosecution? Deferred DUI prosecution allows those suffering from alcoholism, […]

Drug Possession, Crime and Charges

Washington State Reclassifies Drug Possession as Misdemeanor

Washington State Supreme Court strikes down felony drug possession law as unconstitutional. Redefined as misdemeanor. Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed legislation on Thursday to recriminalize simple possession as a misdemeanor. Washington State Legislature Reestablishes Criminal Penalties Requires individuals to be referred to eval and possible treatment for first two offenses. Alots $100 million for disorder […]

DUI

Evidence That Can Be Used Against You in a DUI Case

When charged in a DUI case, defendants may fear the case will be open-and-shut if an officer administered a blood-alcohol test. However, more evidence than just a breathalyzer test can be used against you, and understanding what type of evidence will be used can help you and your legal team mount the best defense. What […]

Assault

Are You Being Harassed By Your Accuser?

If you’ve been accused of a crime, one of the first pieces of advice your lawyer will give you is not to contact your accuser. However, sometimes the tables turn, and your accuser starts harassing you. People often use the term “harassment,” however, in the legal world, a specific definition needs to be met in […]

DUI

What is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and Felony DUI in Washington State?

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can incur heavy fines, license suspension, and even jail time. However, certain factors determine whether Washington State’s legal system deems your infraction a misdemeanor or felony. Understanding the difference between the two and the contributing factors to how the court classifies a misdemeanor versus felony DUI can […]

News

What Is Legally Allowed by the Police In a Traffic Stop In Washington State?

While driving down the road, few things cause more anxiety than seeing flashing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror. Maybe you knew you were speeding to get home, or you’re unsure what you did to warrant the police pulling you over. Regardless, given recent social movements highlighting injustices committed by the police, you […]

DUI

Reinstating Your Driver’s License After a Second DUI in Washington State

After being charged or, in many cases, only arrested with a second DUI in Washington State, the Washington State Department of Licensing or courts revoke your driver’s license. Losing your license can affect your ability to get to work, care for your family, and generally disrupt your life. Enlisting the help of a law firm […]

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