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Minor in Possession (MIP) Laws and Penalties

Minor in Possession (MIP) Laws and Penalties

Washington state’s Minor in Possession (MIP) law makes it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to possess, consume, or otherwise acquire alcohol. Violation of Washington state’s MIP law is a gross misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $5,0… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense
Protestors arrested for disorderly conduct.

Disorderly Conduct in Washington State

Disorderly conduct is one of the most common criminal charges in Washington state. It is a misdemeanor offense and, compared to other crimes, many people view it as a relatively minor offense. However, a conviction carries a sentence of up to 90 days… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense
Armed resident ready to use of force in self-defense to protect themselves against robber

What is Lawful Use of Force in Self Defense?

Under Washington state law, a person can lawfully use force to defend themselves, to defend others, and to defend their property. But for the use of force to be lawful, the person claiming self-defense cannot use more force than is necessary, and the… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense
Harassment and Stalking

Harassment and Stalking in Washington State

Harassment and stalking are ongoing problems in the Pacific Northwest. These allegations often come up because of a misunderstanding, as an outgrowth of bullying, or when online interactions become personal. If you are facing allegations of stalking… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense
Protect Your Assets

Protect Your Assets from Creditors

A properly prepared estate plan is the blueprint for distributing your assets upon your death. Your estate plan also provides guidance about who will handle your financial and legal affairs if you cannot manage them yourself and gives instructions to… Read More
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estate planning discussion

Having the Difficult Estate Planning Conversation with Your Family

No matter what your age or stage is in life, it is important to have an estate plan that is written down and properly executed. While many people are reluctant to discuss their estate plan with their family and loved ones, having that conversation is… Read More
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Proving Undue Influence

Proving Undue Influence in Washington

In general, a person has the right to distribute their property any way they wish. When a person executes a will, the will is presumed to be valid. But what happens when family members or would-be heirs or beneficiaries suspect that the will does not… Read More
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Gavel in front of a pistol.

Attorney for Restoration of Gun Rights

Criminal charges carry the possibility for serious penalties, including fines, court costs, and the possibility of jail time. A criminal conviction also can bring with it the loss of civil rights, including the right to own a gun. If you were convict… Read More
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Types of Criminal Offenses

Types of Criminal Offenses in Washington

Most criminal laws are enforced at the state level. While the type of conduct that is criminalized is similar from state to state, the way the laws are enforced can be quite different depending on the state you are in. The classification of criminal… Read More
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What is a No-Contest Clause

Do I Need a No-Contest Clause in My Will?

The physical and mental decline that often comes with old age can lead to misunderstandings, disagreements, and hurt feelings among family members. In extreme cases, a family member who is dissatisfied with what they received under a person’s last… Read More
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