Legal Blog

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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23
Oct

Self-Defense for Assault 4 and Assault 4 Domestic Violence

I recently won a jury trial for Assault in the 4th Degree Domestic Violence based upon a theory of self-defense. The specific situation involved one spouse who reasonably believed that he was about to be injured based upon the actions and statements of the other spouse. While the other spouse did not actually injure my client, the circumstances presented a

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26
Sep

Motion to Dismiss Prosecutorial Mismanagement

As a criminal defense attorney in Vancouver, Clark County, WA that handles a wide-variety of criminal defense cases ranging from: Attempted Murder, Vehicular Homicide, Felon Strike Offenses, DUI, Domestic Violence Offenses, Sexual Assaults, Drug Offenses, Theft and other criminal defense matters. In my experience, I have seen the State prosecution do things in the late stages of moving a case

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19
Sep

Prior Inconsistent Statements – Criminal Defense

How Prior Inconsistent Statements Can Torpedo The Prosecution’s Case As a criminal defense attorney in Vancouver, WA, who defends people accused of crimes, the evaluation and ability to discredit the evidence of the prosecution is a critically important skill that is vital to my ability to successfully defend those accused of crimes.  I do not care if you have a

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5
Sep

Motion for Revision Family Law – Lyle v. Lyle

In the case of Lyle v. Lyle, Division Three of the Washington State Court of Appeals dealt with the case of a Commissioner’s order that was revised by a Superior Court Judge.  Specifically, the court reaffirmed that Superior court judges are authorized to review court commissioner decisions through a motion for revision. Although new evidence may not be considered, a

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28
Aug

Motion for Revision Family Law: Considerations

It is important to know that for family law cases, the filing of a motion for revision does not stay (place on hold) the Commissioner’s order, and the order shall remain in force (effect) unless a separate motion is made to the court and an order staying the Commissioner’s order is granted by the assigned Judge or the Commissioner who

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22
Aug

Motion for Revision Family Law: Changing a Court Commissioner’s Ruling

​In Clark County, Washington and in many other counties throughout Washington, Superior Court Commissioners handle family law matters routinely. Superior Court Commissioners are not elected judges part are judicial officers hired by the court to decide legal matters as authorized under Washington law. Washington law makes clear that Court commissioners play an important role in the Washington State court system. The

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14
Aug

Parenting Plans in Clark County WA

As a Divorce Lawyer, I know divorces can be one of the most emotionally draining events in a person’s life.  The court ultimately has the authority to make decisions that can affect everyone involved for the rest of their lives potentially.  And of all the things the court can decide in a divorce, one of the most important and contentious

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10
Aug

Recent Changes to WA Law Impacting Drivers for DUIs and Cell and Other Electronic Devices

DUI Changes The State of Washington continues to harshen consequences for drinking drivers in the state by changing the law and now making a fourth driving under the influence offense a felony in Washington state if it has occurred within the last 10 years.  Prior to the change, Washington law required four misdemeanor DUI convictions over a 10-year period before

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3
Jul

DUI Pre-Arrest Screening Phase

Part 3 of 3 Regarding the Anatomy of a DUI Arrest Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) This final phase before arrest, the officer typically will order the suspect out of his vehicle and offer him or her the opportunity to take “voluntary” field sobriety tests (FSTs).  Now the law regarding the taking of field sobriety tests was muddled relatively recently by

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