Oregon Updated Criminal Expungement Law

Oregon’s new expungement law went into effect today. It was a much needed change to the previous law that was overly complicated and limited who could erase their record. Under the new law, a person with a criminal record has can ask the court to expunge their criminal history if they have completed the conditions … Read more

New DUI Laws in 2022

On January 1, 2022, the State of Washington will enact new laws related to DUI sentencing. These laws give the judge more flexibility when sentencing on DUIs with the mandatory minimum laws in Washington. First Offense – House Arrest Option The court will now be able to order house arrest or the 24/7 sobriety program … Read more

Brandishing a Weapon – Dismissal

Brandishing a Weapon – Dismissal My client was charged with pulling a knife on another person during an argument. The City of Vancouver charged him criminal with brandishing a weapon. We negotiated a dismissal with prejudice in the case and my client still has a clean record.

Washington Supreme Court Invalidates Possession of Controlled Substance Convictions

Drug Possession Convictions are Invalid In a landmark opinion, the Washington Supreme Court in State v. Blake ruled that the law prohibiting possession of controlled substances in unconstitutional and those convicted may be eligible to have their conviction invalidated. The reasoning behind the opinion is that the law did not require the state to prove … Read more

Clark County, WA Courts Affected by COVID-19 Coronavirus

How Clark County Courts are Affected by Coronavirus COVID-19 District Court Issues Emergency Order This morning Clark County issued new guidelines for court operations during the Coronavirus outbreak. Clark County District Court has suspended most of their proceedings. Those with current pending charges who have a court date in March or April will have their … Read more

Clark County Blood Draw Pilot Program

Clark County Sheriffs Begin Drawing Blood in DUI Investigations KATU News interviewed me for their story on Clark County’s new blood draw DUI program. When someone is arrested for DUI, Washington law enforcement has the option of drawing and testing the suspect’s blood to determine whether there are drugs or alcohol present. This typically happens … Read more