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It’s not easy to know what to do the first time you encounter the Washington state criminal justice system, that’s why we are here for you.

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Can You Join the Military with a Misdemeanor?

Members of the United States Military hold a unique position. Those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces are held to a high moral standard. This means anyone wanting to join must undergo a criminal background check. This may leave you wondering whether you can

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Should I Refuse a Breathalyzer in Washington State?

Many motorists have questions about their rights in drunk driving cases, and one of the most common inquiries is whether to refuse a BAC test. The issue is closely tied to Washington State law regarding implied consent, which applies to any person who operates a

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Is Deferred Prosecution an Option for My Washington DUI?

Washington laws can be very harsh on individuals convicted of DUI. However, the state recognizes that certain offenders are also victims of drugs or alcohol addiction and allows some leeway when it comes to potential penalties and treatment alternatives. The state’s deferred prosecution law affords

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Mental Health Court

Am I Eligible for Mental Health Court?

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

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What Are NCOs in Domestic Violence Cases?

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

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