Questions to ask to get the best criminal lawyer in Washington state

September 02, 2017 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

If you need defending in a criminal case, you want to get the best criminal lawyer you can afford. But how exactly do you weed out the good lawyers from the bad? Here are some questions you should be prepared to ask when interviewing with attorneys to potentially defend your case.

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What Constitutes Wrongful Termination in Washington?

August 31, 2017 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

Losing your job is a challenging experience. Perhaps this happened to you recently – for that we apologize. However, not all cases of employment terminations are exactly legal, especially in Washington state. These are cases of “wrongful termination”. We’ll explain.

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Private vs. Public: What Are Your Employee Rights?

August 29, 2017 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

Private sector employees work for businesses and nonprofits; public sector employees perform official functions, such as law enforcement, public education and public safety. As you can imagine, people in these roles will have different employee rights.

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How to File a Wage Complaint in Washington State

August 24, 2017 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

For wage complaints in Washington, you have rights when it comes to being paid appropriately. It’s important to know what you’re entitled to receive as an employee in the state of Washington. Here it is: the minimum wage (which, as of now, is $11.00/hour) overtime paid for any hours worked over 40 per week (overtime […]

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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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