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Am I Eligible for Mental Health Court?

Posted on March 31, 2018 in criminal defense

Throughout Washington, many local municipalities have a mental health court for those charged with various crimes. This court specifically handles cases for defendants who have a mental illness. It is a voluntary diversion from the traditional criminal justice system and connects individuals with community-based treatment…


What Are NCOs in Domestic Violence Cases?

Posted on February 21, 2018 in Domestic Violence

A domestic violence offense in Washington State consists of a criminal act of aggression committed by one member of a family or household against another. Often, when a domestic violence offense is alleged, the judge will issue a no-contact order (NCO) that prohibits the accused…


Defending Against Domestic Violence Accusations

Posted on January 26, 2018 in Domestic Violence

The national statistics say 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. The Washington Department of Health says 40,768 domestic violence offenses were reported in 2014, making it clear that domestic violence is a…


Top 10 Things You Should Know If You’re Arrested for DUI

Posted on December 29, 2017 in DUI

If you have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, you should contact an experienced Washington DUI lawyer from The Law Offices of Morgan Fletcher Benfield PLLC right away. You should also review these 10 facts you may not have…


What to Do If You’re Being Investigated for a Sex Crime

Posted on December 15, 2017 in Sex Crimes

If you know that you are under investigation for a sex offense in Washington, whether you have been arrested, indicted, or neither, the first thing you want to do is contact an experienced and aggressive Tacoma sex crimes lawyer from The Law Offices of Morgan…


What to do if You Are Pulled Over For a DUI in Washington

Posted on November 30, 2017 in DUI

It does not take much to get pulled over by the police in the Tacoma area under the suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. If it is late at night (or very early in the morning) or you are driving…


How Much Will a DUI Cost in Washington?

Posted on October 31, 2017 in DUI

When you are facing charges for driving under the influence (DUI) in Washington, you need to consider the true cost of NOT fighting back. It may seem easier to plead guilty or take a prosecutor’s offer for deferred prosecution. However, this could have a significant…


Interesting test of ability to drive on Marijuana

Posted on June 25, 2014 in DUI, Marijuana

Kiro has done an interesting video on Marijuana and DUI. Many people believe the legal limit for Marijuana is far too low; some of the driving in this test, performed by the news crew seems to suggest that might be true. Here’s a link to…


Tougher DUI Laws in Washington State

Posted on May 14, 2014 in DUI

Gov. Jay Inslee said the state was taking an important step in strengthening laws to protect people. “No law can bring these loved ones back,” said Inslee, who also was joined by lawmakers and law enforcement officials. “But we must move forward in preventing even…


Hidden Consequences of Marijuana Legalization

Posted on May 7, 2014 in Marijuana

The new law makes it legal for adults to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana, but illegal for that same adult to drive if the THC content of his blood reaches 5 nanograms per milliliter. Steve Sarich, who uses medical marijuana for back pain,…