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What is a VUCSA Felony?

In our state, drug-related offenses are often called VUCSA, which is Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act. A VUCSA felony is a felony-level drug crime. Most VUCSA crimes get charged as felonies. Your most pressing concerns when charged with a VUCSA felony are trying to get the charge dismissed or reduced to a misdemeanor. […]

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What are the Penalties for Embezzlement in Washington?

Embezzlement is a type of theft in Washington state. Although embezzlement is not like a simple purse snatching, they both fall under the same category, so they can have similar penalties, depending on the degree of the offense. Taking someone else’s property, whether by the use of physical force or exerting unauthorized means to appropriate […]

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What are the Red Flags for PPP Loan Fraud?

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is going after people who committed loan fraud when applying for or using Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds that were intended to keep our economy from collapsing during the dark, early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Law enforcement estimates that hundreds of millions of dollars of PPP funds were obtained […]

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Protection Order Cases – Civil or Criminal?

Protection order cases arise out of a civil case and there is a Petitioner and a Respondent. When a protection order is granted, it is simply an order, not a criminal conviction.  However, if the order is then violated, that violation of the order is a crime that can be prosecuted. When a criminal case is […]

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Understanding the Three Levels of Police Encounters: Arrests, Investigative Stops, and Consensual Encounters

The label applied to the three levels of police encounters with individuals will determine the constitutional rights of the persons being stopped or detained. The Fourth Amendment protects people from unreasonable searches of their persons, houses, papers, and belongings by the government. A search warrant must be supported by sworn allegations of probable cause and […]

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Can I Get My Drug Charges Reduced?

Drug crimes can result in severe penalties in Washington State. Before pleading guilty to a drug offense, consult a Washington criminal defense attorney. There could be one or more defenses to the drug crimes you are facing. In some cases, you may be able to get the drug charges reduced to a lesser charge.  Drug […]

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Is DNA Testing Reliable in Criminal Cases?

DNA testing is a double-edged sword. Law enforcement has solved countless cold cases as well as current cases based on DNA evidence. The problem arises from the fact that, like almost everything, DNA testing is not 100% reliable. A miscarriage of justice can result when someone gets wrongfully convicted based on incorrect DNA results or […]

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Anti-harassment Orders for Posts on Social Media

You might have thought that you were merely expressing yourself and your opinions online, and then someone accused you of harassment and took you to court, seeking an anti-harassment order. What happened to the 1st Amendment freedom of speech? The 1st Amendment does protect a lot of speech. One’s speech has to cross the line […]

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