Legal Blog

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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26
Jun

Personal Contact with the DUI Suspect

Part 2 of 3 Regarding the Anatomy of a DUI Arrest In the personal contact phase, law enforcement officers are making as many observations about the person as possible:  Do they detect the odor of alcohol, marijuana or some other form of intoxicant on the person?  Now remember, if someone is 21 years old it is not unlawful or illegal

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17
Jun

DUI Arrest Vehicle in Motion Phase

Part 1 of 3 Regarding the Anatomy of a DUI Arrest Law enforcement officers are taught that the DUI arrest process is broken down into three main sections generally:  1.  Vehicle in motion, 2.  Personal contact with the suspect, and 3. Pre-arrest screening.  Officers typically have to justify each step to move on to the next in order to ultimately

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9
Jun

Ignition Interlock License Basics

How to Keep Driving when Washington State Suspends Your Drivers License for DUI or Drug Related Offenses. Today’s world revolves around people being able to drive—it is a mainstay to keep employment and otherwise live your life.  Unfortunately, sometimes people make mistakes that result in a person’s ability to legally drive to be suspended.  Fortunately, in Washington State the legislature

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29
May

La Center Women Gets 9 Months in Fire

She set mobile home ablaze after boyfriend broke up with her By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Courts Reporter Published:May 26, 2017, 8:00 PM Summary ​A La Center woman who set multiple fires inside the mobile home she was renting, following a breakup with her then-boyfriend, was sentenced Friday to nine months in jail. ​ Cindy Jo Clem, 50, previously pleaded guilty

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1
May

Recent Developments in Washington State Criminal Law

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

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28
Apr

Changes in Felony Sentencing in Washington State for Juveniles Charged as Adults

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

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