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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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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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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