As a DUI Lawyer in Vancouver, I would like to share some proposed changes in Washington State criminal law. Recently, Washington legislatures have passed several new criminal justice oriented pieces of legislation geared toward toughening up criminal laws in the state.
Currently Washington law makes a fifth conviction for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in ten years a felony offense with significant prison time attached to it. However, SB 5037 would reduce the number of from five to four in a 10-year period.
As a criminal defense attorney who has handled numerous felony cases in Vancouver, WA, I've worked with many cases involving juvenile offenders being tried as adults in Superior Court. Recently, the Washington State Supreme Court in the case of State v. Zyion Houston-Sconiers gave a big boost to juvenile justice in Washington State by rulings that youths should not be automatically treated like adults in criminal courts because “children are different” and criminal sentences must take their age into account.
Habitual Offender Driver’s License Status in Washington -- What to Know and How to Deal with it.
As an experienced traffic lawyer in Vancouver, WA, I know it is very easy to make mistakes while driving. However, if you make too many mistakes over the course of a five-year period you can be found to be a “Habitual Traffic Offender’ and have your license taken away by the Washington Department of Licensing (DOL).
As a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Vancouver, WA, I often get asked about felony sentencing. Felony Sentencing under Washington State law can be a complicated proposition. This article is meant to give a general overview of Felony sentencing in Washington. For a more detailed analysis, please contact the Law Office of Nicholas Wood, P.S. and schedule a consultation.
How Washington State determines child support payments
As a child support lawyer in Vancouver, WA, I've seen my share of child support and custody battles. Below describes how Washington State law determines the appropriate amount of child support to be paid each month by the non-custodial parent. A parent’s child support obligation in Washington State is based primarily on the parties' income, while also considering many other factors, such as work-related daycare expenses, medical insurance payments, uncovered medical expenses, long distance travel expenses, if applicable, and other considerations. The following information will give you a general idea of the issues involved in the process, but is not meant to cover every conceivable issue.
A criminal trial can be one of the most stressful experiences in your life.
A jury of six (District Court trial) or twelve (Superior Court trial) or judge (if you elect to waive your right to a jury) determining if you committed a crime or crimes. The prosecution has the burden of proving your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, unless the defendant is asserting an affirmative defense, where you have the burden of proof of establishing the defense by a preponderance of the evidence. In my experience, most people do not have an understanding of the actual process of a criminal trial from start to finish. As a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Vancouver, WA I'd like to explain.
As an attorney, I have been involved in Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO) litigation on both sides in multiple jurisdictions in Washington State. What I have learned is that jurisdictions vary greatly in regards to the amount of time, and the type of evidence that they will entertain in evaluating the merits of a Domestic Violence Protection Order case. Some jurisdictions will allow witness testimony from individuals who are not parties to the action, and some will not. In Clark County (Vancouver, WA), where the majority of my practice is, we are fortunate to have a judiciary that will allow (in most cases) additional evidence and testimony than simply the parties themselves, which ultimately can make the difference in the decision to either grant or deny the petition. If you are thinking about petitioning the court for a DVPO or are a named respondent in a DVPO action here are some things to think about:
No one enters into a marriage thinking that they are going to get divorced. However, the sad truth is that a significant number of marriages in the United States end in divorce for a variety of reasons. If you are in a situation where divorce becomes a reality, then you need to think about how this will affect you in the future. Here is a brief overview of things to think about in a divorce case.
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You are out and about, having a good evening with friends, family or both. There is laughing, great conversation and, like in many social settings, drinking adult beverages. You don’t feel like you are “drunk”, but maybe you feel “buzzed” or you aren’t 100% sure how you feel. Though you decide ultimately to drive. At some point during your drive, for whatever reason, you are pulled over and/or encounter law enforcement, and now it has become clear to you that you may be facing a DUI investigation. Now, you have to decide what to do next? This is the million-dollar question.
Nicholas "Nick" Wood - Law Office of Nicholas Wood, P.S.
Nick Wood received his J.D. in 1999 from Lewis and Clark's Northwestern School of Law in Portland Oregon. The Law Office of Nicholas Wood, P.S. has represented clients for various criminal defense matters since 2006.