October 26, 2020

Vancouver Walk/Run for Animals benefits the Humane Society

The 21st annual Walk/Run for the Animals is May 5 at Esther Short Park, 301 W 8th St., downtown. It benefits the Humane Society for Southwest Washington, which works to find homes for and take care of vulnerable animals.

There are several events you can participate in on race day: a 5K Fun Run, a 3 mile walk or a 1.5 mile walk. There’s a $25 registration fee, from 9 a.m. to noon,. You can register for the race online and find out more about the organization’s work at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington website.

Zealously defending the client from the start

The U.S. Supreme Court recently recognized the value of a criminal defense attorney in the pre-trial process. Noting that some 94 percent to 97 percent of convictions are the result of guilty pleas, the high court said people have the Constitutional right to an effective criminal defense lawyer during the plea bargaining process.

This is a good thing, most lawyers agree. When 19 out of 20 cases – everything from DUI charges to felony murders – are resolved with plea agreements, it’s essential that effective lawyer action is part of that process from the beginning.
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You can be arrested for calling 911

Calling 911 is for emergencies, but we’ve all probably heard stories of people who have called the number for minor problems. In Washington State anytime police are called to a domestic violence call, if they are able to determine the primary aggressor (from the officer’s perspective) then police will arrest the primary aggressor and take them to the County Jail where they will remain most often until they see a Judge who will very frequently impose a no contact order. I have personally represented individuals arrested for domestic violence when the original 911 caller did not claim any domestic violence. Other examples that should make you think before dialing 911 for non-emergency problems are outlined below.
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Woodland Tulip Festival in April

Food, fun and, of course, flowers are all part of the upcoming Annual Woodland Tulip Festival. The 10th annual festival is at Holland American Bulb Farms, South Pekin Road, Woodland.

Admission is free at the event, which is from April 14-15 and 21-22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival has been expanded this year. So in addition to live gardening and flower arranging demonstrations, expect a larger artisan and farmers market, a 5K and more, the organizers say on their website. [Read more…]

Washington State passes tougher DUI laws

Washington State legislators have passed tougher penalties and new rules related to driving under the influence. The new law will change the definition of a DUI to include “huffing chemical substances,” according to an article in the Whidbey Examiner, New DUI law stiffens penalties, opens records.
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Vancouver Symphony Chamber Group to perform Signs of Spring

Spring is just about here, and The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Group is giving the season an early welcome with its Signs of Spring performance. [Read more…]

You have the right to remain silent – use it

Most people never think about getting arrested. Most never are. So most never think about the need for a criminal defense attorney until they get caught up in something beyond their control, such as a seemingly simple arrest for DUI, Assault-Domestic Violence, or other criminal charge.
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Tap in Fort Vancouver history with new smartphone app

A joint effort between the National Park Service, Washington State University Vancouver, Fort Vancouver staff, and a local cultural group is bringing area history to life with a new smart phone app.

The app was designed by WSUV’s creative media and digital culture program, according to an article in the The Columbian. The app details the lives of local historical figures of Hawaiian and Polynesian descent through video, maps, sounds and images can be accessed on iPhones and Androids while touring Fort Vancouver.

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Horse enthusiasts coming to nationally known Washington State Horse Expo

Horse enthusiasts from across the country will be coming to the area Feb. 17 – 19th for the Washington State Horse Expo Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 NE Delfel Road in Ridgefield.

This nationally known event will feature more than 20 clinicians, the Les Schwab Extreme Cowboy Race, hundreds of vendors, seminars and even a kid’s corral.

You can find out more about the event any buy tickets at the Washington State Horse Expo website.

What can happen after you’ve been charged with DUI

DUI law is complex in Washington State. It can and has changed. It’s important to know the legal landscape when you’ve been charged with a DUI and an attorney can help, because some of the penalties can be severe.

There are four options when you have been charged with DUI:

Four options when charged with DUI:

1. Dismissal
2. Deferred Prosecution (available once per lifetime for alcoholics)
3. Guilty Plea

  • Negligent Driving 1st Degree (may avoid jail and avoids ct. license suspension)
  • DUI < .15 (mandatory minimums & license suspension)
  • DUI > .15 (mandatory minimums & license suspension)

4. Trial
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