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Defending Against Charges of Domestic Violence

29-Jun-2020 | Criminal Defense
You knew your relationship was not going well, but you never expected your partner would accuse you of domestic violence. Many relations have been strained recently, with the pressure of spending so much time indoors with the same people. Health worries, and financial worries, with many losing jobs, has increased that pressure for many. Domestic violence is a collective term…

Divorcing in Washington? Get to Know the Basics

18-Jun-2020 | Divorce
A divorce can be a troublesome time in your life that causes you great discomfort. Your marriage is ending, and that can come with significant financial and emotional loss. Your divorce may be complex, which is why it’s smart to look into your legal options early in your case. Though it may be emotional, having a family law attorney on…

What is Third-Party Custody in Washington?

Some minor children find themselves in situations where their biological parents cannot or will not perform all of the necessary duties associated with raising a child. For children whose biological parents have lost custody, died, or wound up incarcerated, the possibility of placement in a group home or foster home is very real. If you love children who are going…

Is Being Drunk a Defense to Theft Charges?

28-May-2020 | Criminal Defense
If you’ve been accused of theft, you’re probably looking into your defense options. It may be simple if you maintain that you didn’t do it or you have an alibi. But it can get a bit more complicated than that. For instance, what if you were intoxicated at the time? You went to a bar, you had a bit too…

You Can’t Always Trust an Eyewitness

15-May-2020 | Criminal Defense
The eyewitness is often treated as if they are an authority on a criminal event. If they show up in court and testify that they saw the defendant commit the crime, the jury may just assume that the eyewitness — who is unconnected to the event and has no reason to lie — is correct. However, studies show that’s a…

Will a DUI Affect Your Divorce?

07-May-2020 | Divorce
You have been involved in a nasty divorce, so you decided to go out and have a night on the town with some friends. You ended up drinking a little too much, and it wasn’t long before an officer pulled you over. You now face a DUI, and you’re upset with yourself. You know that this could have an impact…

How a Fight Involving Two People Leads to One Charge

Domestic violence situations are often difficult for law enforcement officers to assess. Unlike other crimes, which may include someone intentionally committing a crime and a victim, domestic violence situations can involve two people who commit crimes against one another. When officers respond to a call made by one of those individuals or by a neighbor concerned because of the noise…

Paid for Your Spouse’s Education? You Might Get That Money Back

21-Apr-2020 | Divorce
When you got married, it was under the impression that you’d be with your spouse for the rest of your life. You put a lot of effort into your marriage. You shared in the expenses that were accrued and even helped your spouse as they went through school. You were as supportive as you could be, which is why it…

What Does the “Best Interests of the Child” Mean in a Custody Decision?

No matter where you live or what your issues are with your ex-spouse, every child custody case focuses around something known as the “best interests” of the child. If you and your ex are in a battle over a potential parenting plan, it’s wise to understand how the court views the situation. The court generally recognizes the sanctity of the…

Flunking a Roadside Sobriety Test when You’re Sober: How it Happens

03-Apr-2020 | Criminal Defense
You’re on your way home from dinner, and a police officer pulls you over. You were tired, so you may have drifted a little close to the centerline, but you certainly weren’t driving erratically. Just the same, the officer asks if you’ve been drinking, and you admit that you had a glass of wine earlier with your food. Big mistake.…

Fight Your DUI so You Can Minimize Its Impact

28-Mar-2020 | Criminal Defense
When you think of DUI charges, you might think about jail time or fines. What you might not consider are all the ways that a DUI can affect you outside court. Issues such as marital problems, problems with your job, higher insurance costs and financial difficulties can all make your DUI even more difficult to deal with. Of the problems…

How Well Do You Understand The Concept of Community Property?

19-Mar-2020 | Divorce
There is quite a lot of jargon in the legal system, in the family law system is no exception to that rule. Many people feel overwhelmed with the sheer volume of new terms and concepts they have to consider when wading into a family law matter, such as a potential divorce. Community property is a common term used to refer to…

Divorcing? Avoid These Parenting Mistakes

When you’re going through a divorce, you have a lot to think about. How your children are faring must be one of the priorities. Even though they aren’t going through the legal battles, they are still dealing with some big changes and deep emotions that might be difficult for them. You can help your children to thrive despite the split…

What is Shoplifting or Attempted Shoplifting in Washington?

27-Feb-2020 | Criminal Defense
Shoplifting is a form of theft that occurs only in a retail business. In many states, shoplifting, also known as retail fraud, it has its own special section of the criminal code that differentiates it from other theft offenses. However, Washington law does not differentiate between theft in a retail environment and other forms of theft. Someone can wind up charged with…

What Happens after a First-Time DUI Arrest in Washington?

19-Feb-2020 | Criminal Defense
For someone with no previous criminal record, getting swept up in an impaired driving enforcement effort could be incredibly stressful and frightening. Getting arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) will typically mean spending a night in jail. It also means facing criminal charges that carry a range of potential consequences. As someone unfamiliar with the inner workings of the…

Is the Fear of ICE Keeping Immigrants from Justice in Washington?

11-Feb-2020 | Criminal Defense
Is the fact that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities have taken to prowling around courthouses (or in them) in search of potential undocumented immigrants keeping people from seeking justice? Senator Lisa Wellman and other advocates think so — and a bill is now being considered that will stop federal immigration agents from making arrests within a mile of any Washington courthouse.…

Washington and Latest Research Agree about Child Custody

Over the decades, many studies on children and divorce report children usually do better with two parents. And in fact, Washington and most other states try to give children a chance of having both parents in their lives. Two Parents Are Better for the Child in Most Cases What works best for divorcing adults? How will single parenthood affect their…

Blocking a Report of Domestic Violence is a Crime

In Washington State, it is a crime to get in the way of someone who is trying to report domestic violence, at least in certain situations. It is easy enough to imagine cases where stopping somebody from calling the police about domestic violence should be okay, such as blocking a friend’s April Fools’ Day prank. More seriously, after a jury…

A Look at Domestic Violence Cases in Washington State

If you drive about 300 miles east of Port Orchard, you will arrive in Spokane County. According to a recent news report, officials there are puzzled by a significant increase in the number of people asking for legal protection orders because of domestic violence. Authorities say the number of people seeking legal protection orders has surged to more than 500 a…

Report: Breath Tests in DUI Cases often Unreliable

22-Nov-2019 | Criminal Defense, DUI
From Port Orchard to Pensacola and from Phoenix to Peoria – and everywhere in between – more than a million people in the U.S. are arrested for drunk driving each year. Most of those drivers are asked to blow into a device that tests their breath to determine their level of impairment. If you blow into the machine, it is likely to…

Self-Checkout Systems and the Advent of Shoplifting Machines

23-Oct-2019 | Criminal Defense
As retailers continue to explore methods to reduce payroll while keeping inventory shrinkage under control, the latest innovation might accomplish one goal while failing at the second. The self-checkout system is a technological innovation you’ve likely seen in retail stores both large and small. Banks of these units are generally monitored by video surveillance or a roaming attendant or both.…

Jeniece LaCross, Attorney At Law

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