Legal Blog

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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17
Apr

Habitual Traffic Offender in Washington State

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’

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1
Mar

Felony Sentencing Under Washington State Law

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. Felony Sentencing

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13
Feb

Child Support Process in Washington State

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

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4
Feb

What is the process of a criminal trial in Vancouver, WA?

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

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