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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What Is Personal Injury Law?

December 19, 2016 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

Personal injury law, also called tort law, is a type of civil litigation. Tort law has evolved over centuries of litigation. Years of decisions by courts and legislatures have resulted in the system we use today.

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What Is a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

December 16, 2016 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

A criminal defense lawyer or attorney represents people who have been charged with a crime. These attorneys defend the rights of those accused of misdemeanors and felonies.

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What Is a Plea Bargain?

December 14, 2016 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

A plea bargain is an agreement between a defendant and a prosecutor. The defendant agrees to forgo a trial and plead guilty to a crime. The prosecutor agrees to reduce the number or seriousness of the charges or to recommend a lesser sentence.

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What Are the Signs of Elder Abuse?

July 18, 2016 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

Unexplained bruises. Secretive behavior. A sudden drop in living standards. These are signs that an elderly person may be a victim of abuse.

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