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Washington State: Marijuana Possession Defense Just Got More Complicated

Hi, I’m Roger Priest with VanWa Legal PLLC, and I am a local DUI attorney in Vancouver, WA. Today I’m going to answer a question for you that I often receive from my clients, which is, “How long will my license be suspended for my DUI?” The question has many answers, so depending on

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More About the Change in Drug Possession Law in Washington State

Drug possession is now handled differently in Washington State. Earlier this year Governor Jay Inslee signed into law declaring that drug possession was now a misdemeanor instead of a felony. This came after Washington’s Supreme Court struck down the previous drug possession law. If you are now convicted of drug possession, a top rated attorney […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Non-Legal Help For Repeat DUI Offenders

When police charge someone with a second DUI, a more profound issue exists — the person likely abuses alcohol and or drugs. Someone who has been arrested multiple times with a DUI is known as a “repeat offender,” and non-legal remedies exist to help them receive the help they need. What Are The Typical Penalties […]

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Information You Need to Defend Yourself Against a DUI Charge

Perhaps after a fun night out at a bar with friends, you thought you watched your drinking and decided to drive home. However, on the drive home, you were pulled over by a police officer — or worse, you were in an accident involving other people. If you’ve been charged with a DUI, it’s not […]

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