Legal Blog

26
Sep

Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity – Part One

Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity A Victory Today but A Long-Term Loss Tomorrow As a criminal defense attorney in Vancouver (Clark County) Washington one of my primary responsibilities when defending an individual is to evaluate the alleged evidence and determine if there are any defenses that may apply to a case, beyond of course general denial.  Insanity rarely comes

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29
May

Clark County Washington Felony and Misdemeanor Mental Health Court, Part IV

This is the final segment related to the “rules of the road” for the new Clark County Mental Health Court, a program that could make a huge difference for someone accused of a Felony or Misdemeanor criminal offense in Vancouver, Clark County, WA. Graduation Requirements Fulfilled all probation and court conditions for case. Full payment of all financial obligations (program/filing

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2
Apr

Clark County Washington Felony and Misdemeanor Mental Health Court, Part III

Program Fees ​All Mental Health Court Participants are required to pay a minimal program participation fee as well as all other court costs, fees, fines and/or restitution. Some fines may be eligible to be worked off on an alternate plan a case -by-case basis (work crew). The amount of the program fee and any associated cost, fines, fees, restitution and

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22
Mar

Clark County Washington Felony and Misdemeanor Mental Health Court Part II

I am continuing the article regarding Clark County, Washington’s improved Mental Health Court, starting with qualifying felonies and continuing forward, victim input, restitution, crimogenic  risk factors and referral and intake process. ​C. Qualifying Felonies A felony with a Sentencing Reform Act (SRA) Seriousness Level that does not exceed Level III. The defendant’s offender score must be 9 points or less. 

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4
Mar

Clark County Washington Felony and Misdemeanor Mental Health Court Part 1

As a criminal defense attorney in Vancouver (Clark County), Washington who has successfully handled a wide-ranging array of criminal cases, ranging from Disorderly Conduct to Attempted Murder in the Second Degree. I have encountered mental health issues throughout my practice involving my clients that were relevant both to potential defenses (insanity and diminished capacity) as well as mitigation (a justification

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6
Feb

Parenting Plan Limitations Under Washington Law RCW 26.09.191 Part III

(n) If the court expressly finds based on the evidence that contact between the parent and the child will not cause physical, sexual, or emotional abuse or harm to the child and that the probability that the parent’s or other person’s harmful or abusive conduct will recur is so remote that it would not be in the child’s best interests

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17
Dec

Parenting Plan Limitations Under Washington Law RCW 26.09.191 Part II

This article is part two involving limitations of a parent’s time with their child as stated under RCW 26.09.191.  We continue the article by discussing the rebuttable presumption for parents or the person(s) they live with that have been convicted of certain sex offenses.  As this is a very technical part of the law, the statute is essentially given to

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4
Dec

Parenting Plan Limitations Under Washington Law RCW 26.09.191

As a family law/divorce attorney in Vancouver, Clark County, WA, I am frequently asked in the course of my work how to limit the parenting plans for the other parent.  Washington law proscribes situations where the parenting time with a child can be limited by the court for a parent.  To be clear, these are very limited and specific circumstances

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21
Nov

Domestic Violence’s Impact on Spending Time with Your Children

As a family law/divorce attorney in Vancouver, Clark County, WA, I am frequently asked about how someone with a domestic violence history may be treated by the court when in a custody battle, i.e. trying to establish a parenting plan.  Well under RCW 26.09.191 proven domestic violence can greatly impact a parent’s time with their child or children in a

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31
Oct

Self-Defense Reimbursement Under Washington Law

In my capacity as a criminal defense/assault attorney in Vancouver, WA, in a recent article I wrote, I detailed the use of self-defense in Assault in the Fourth Degree and Assault in the Fourth Degree Domestic Violence cases, using a recent jury trial I had won to illustrate the criminal defense aspect of self-defense in Washington.  If you are successful

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