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How to Be Smart If You Are Stopped By Police

Your heart rate starts to spike as soon as your eyes spot the revolving red and blue lights in the rearview mirror. When a police officer stops you in a car or on foot, it can be a nerve-wracking experience. However, being prepared for an interaction with law enforcement ahead of time can help ensure […]

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How Can I Drop a Domestic Violence No Contact Order?

Hi I’m Roger Priest with VanWa Legal PLLC and here in Vancouver, Washington where I practice criminal defense and dui defense, today I’d like to answer a question that I often receive from clients and prospective clients. Which is, how can I drop a domestic violence no contact order? Well, in Washington it pays to […]

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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. […]

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What Restrictions Can You Incur With a Pending DUI Charge?

In the United State’s legal system, a defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty. But when charged with driving under the influence (DUI), you’ll face restrictions even before a conviction. Convictions can result in fines and jail time. Acquiring strong legal help before you move forward in the DUI process will only help strengthen your […]

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Understanding Bail in Domestic Abuse Cases

When accused of domestic violence, Washington State requires mandatory arrest when probable cause exists. This means the alleged accuser faces defending their innocence, as well as posting a hefty bail sum before being allowed to walk free pending trial. If you’re worried about posting bail in a domestic abuse case, you have a few options […]

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Can You Fight a Restraining Order in Washington State?

If you believe you have been wrongfully served with a restraining order in Washington State, you do have a chance to fight this order. To effectively fight the restraining order, you’ll need expert legal counsel and carefully follow the letter of the law. Can You Fight a Restraining Order in Washington State? Before a judge […]

Commercial Drivers and Truckers Law Explanations

Can I Get a Commercial Driver’s License With a DUI in Washington State?

Motorists convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in Washington State may face fines and jail time. For drivers who planned to pursue a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or already have one, your DUI has jeopardized your status and possibly your ability to keep that particular license. If the state revokes your CDL, your livelihood […]

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How to Behave During a Traffic Stop

There has been a tremendous amount of exposure recently to reprehensible behavior on the part of certain policemen. We wholeheartedly denounce this behavior is unacceptable and demand that justice be done. We also believe that these instances are abberations to the professionalism displayed by virtually all law enforcement officials. We long for the day when […]

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When Does Self-Defense Become Assault? [Criminal Defense Guide]

In the eyes of the law, people have a legal right to defend themselves if they feel their lives are in danger. In the legal world, self-defense has been designed to protect people who are attacked by someone else, unprovoked. The victim in this scenario is even allowed to use deadly force in order to […]

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How To Get A Restraining Order In Washington State

If you’re being abused, harassed, stalked or going through a divorce, you may be considering filing a restraining order. If you feel that you’re in danger, a restraining order, which can also be known as a protection order, can be issued quickly in Washington State with the help of an attorney.

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