When Should I Hire a Lawyer?

July 07, 2017 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees criminal defendants the right to a lawyer. If you don’t have the money to retain an attorney, Washington state will appoint you a public defender at no cost to you. Most people agree that if charged with a crime, they need the help of a criminal lawyer. […]

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What Are Sentencing Guidelines?

May 21, 2017 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

In Washington state, judges use sentencing guidelines to determine a person's punishment. The guidelines don't guarantee a particular sentence for a given crime. Penalties will vary, even for the same misconduct.

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How to Get Gun Rights Restored in Washington

April 21, 2017 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

Can you legally own a firearm in Washington even if you have a criminal record? Many times the answer is yes, but you must first meet eligibility criteria.

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What Is a Bench Trial?

April 04, 2017 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

A bench trial does not include a jury. Instead, a judge hears the evidence and decides if the defendant is guilty or not guilty.

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Know the Facts About Marijuana DUI in Washington

March 21, 2017 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

The long-term consequences of DUI can be devastating: fines, jail time and a suspension of your driver's license are just the beginning. The results of a conviction can have a lasting and profound effect on your life.

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What Is Washington’s Minimum Wage for 2017?

February 06, 2017 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

Washington's hourly minimum wage increased to $11 beginning Jan. 1, 2017. The hike, from the previous minimum of $9.47 an hour, comes after Washington voters approved Initiative 1433 in the November 2016 election.

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Will I Go to Jail for a DUI in Washington?

January 16, 2017 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

You made a mistake. Now you're facing a DUI. You're worried, stressed out and up against a legal system with which you're unfamiliar.

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What Is Criminal Procedure in Washington State?

January 09, 2017 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

Criminal procedure is the system the state uses to investigate, try and punish crimes. Police, prosecutors and judges in Vancouver, Washington must abide by this process which protects a suspect's constitutional rights.

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Do I Need a Contract Dispute Lawyer

January 02, 2017 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

When someone who signed a legal document does not do what they agreed to, that is a breach of contract in Washington state.

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How to Invoke Your Right to Remain Silent

December 26, 2016 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

Police in Vancouver, Washington must advise suspects in custody of their rights before questioning them. Indeed, the rights are in effect in every U.S. state.

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