The Basics of Vacating or Expunging Misdemeanor Cases in Washington  Washington law defines a misdemeanor as “An offense punishable by no more than 90 days in jail and $1,000.” A “gross misdemeanor” is punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a maximum fine of $5,000. For both types of misdemeanors, both a jail… Read More

How a Simple Drive Can Lead to Misdemeanor Charges…or More. Most of us are good people. We try to follow society’s rules, stay within the law, and behave in acceptable ways. Sure, we may stub our toe once in a while. We may get behind on some payments, let our emotions get the best of… Read More

Everyone makes mistakes every now and then—even professional athletes. Some mistakes, however, can go on your criminal record and affect your life for many years. A Seattle Seahawks player was recently arrested on DUI charges. Jeremy Lane, a cornerback for the Seahawks, was arrested on the morning of January 14. He was pulled over while… Read More

Investigators from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle have gotten 13 kilograms of drugs off the streets. They have recently convicted one of the 17 people arrested as part of the Operation Car Wash sting that tracked drug dealers in Mount Vernon. The 30-year-old man was one of more than a dozen drug dealers who… Read More

Those driving on Interstate 5 in Washington’s Whatcom County during the early morning hours of October 4 likely had their commute disrupted by a car driving in a reckless manner. The man drove in the wrong direction—he was in the northbound lanes heading south—for 19 miles before hitting a roadblock and crashing into multiple vehicles.… Read More

Charges of driving under the influence (DUI) carry stiff penalties, not the least of which is driver’s license suspension. The loss of your driving privileges makes it difficult to get to school or work, and can impact your ability to provide for yourself and your loved ones. If you have been arrested and charged with… Read More

As a criminal defense attorney who has been practicing in the area for almost twenty-five years – and having lived on Lake Sammamish for seventeen years as an avid wake surfer – I am regularly asked by friends and neighbors about boating statutes, rules and regulations. With a sunny and hot summer approaching I can… Read More

Most motorists in the State of Washington understand that if they drive while under the influence of a sufficient amount of alcohol, they are subject to violations for DUI. However, many people find themselves surprised to face arrest and DUI charges for seemingly innocuous acts. Insidious Nature of Alcohol One of the dangers of alcohol… Read More

Even a single DUI conviction could result in thousands of dollars in fees and years of additional consequences. This has many drivers wondering exactly what the laws are regarding DUIs and how they can lower their sentence or have the case thrown out entirely. For these drivers, here is a look at the legal distinctions… Read More