The Law Office of Chris Van Vechten

The South Sound’s Most Dedicated Criminal Defense Attorney

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The Law Office of Chris Van Vechten – Criminal Defense Attorney – Tacoma, WA

Why I Work as a Criminal Defense Lawyer

“Van Vechten” means “ready to fight”

Van Vechten is a Dutch name which literally means “ready to fight,” “to struggle,” “to crusade” or “to zealously advocate.

Who We Represent

The Law Office of Chris Van Vechten is a criminal defense law firm that has served as counsel to criminal defense clients who represent every cross-section of our community – professional athletes, politicians and elected officials, the unhoused and the addicted, business owners and working class heroes, soldiers who serve our country, immigrants – documented or otherwise – who seek to join it.

We have represented high school drop-outs, college students, university professors and fellow attorneys, people as young as 10 and as old as 81, residents of countless communities, the famous, the infamous and a lot of people who wish to remain unknown.

Many lawyers employ an “assembly line strategy” for representing the accused, particularly those charged with petty crimes like Assault 4, DUI, or even high volume felonies like unlawful possession of a controlled substance. By contrast, our Tacoma criminal defense law firm strives to provide a criminal defense which is both powerful AND personalized to meet the individual goals/needs of every client, on every case.

This, along with a willingness to go to trial and the ability to win, has kept The Law Office Of Chris Van Vechten in demand across the South Sound for criminal defense law, juvenile defense law, and civil representation for years.

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Andrew lekowski
Andrew lekowski
19:59 28 May 21
Great service, 10/10, prepared for our alleged traffic violation as if he was prepared for war. Got the alleged violation dismissed with zero dollars in fines. Well worth his reasonable and competitive rates.Recommend Chris’s legal services for all situations in King and Pierce County where you need a professional familiar with the law. Great person as well!
Neely Sipes
Neely Sipes
21:33 19 Apr 21
He knows the law,he defends you as though you are his only client.answers your call day or night and helps you understand your rights,without making you feel like you are a waste of his time.
owner Pine Tree Park Apartments
owner Pine Tree Park Apartments
03:07 26 Oct 20
Chris really knows the law and has a high rate of winning. Chris is the lawyer to hire! His logic is impeccable He was incredible at helping me on my case and we won!
Rhishikesh Bargaje
Rhishikesh Bargaje
03:48 22 Oct 20
My wife was civilly sued for defamation in Canada. Chris was able to accept service and assist in finding a Canadian attorney to defend her. We were also pleased with the quality of the nasty letter he sent to the plaintiff's counsel.
Michael Hanssen
Michael Hanssen
21:00 15 Oct 20
He is great! He is great at coming up with a game plan and explains everything very well. He is good about getting back to you in a timely manor and very professional!
Michael Hensley
Michael Hensley
07:55 19 Aug 19
Young, well spoken, and a success driven attorney are just a few of the characteristics that jump to mind when trying to recall my experience of Chris representing me in court. Without a doubt, when the Judge swings his gavel closing your case and giving a ruling in your favor you walk away feeling like you definitely got your money's worth at a reasonable rate at that! Definitely would use his services again!
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Law Office of Chris Van Vechten
5.0
Based on 3 Reviews
Don M.
Don M.
2017-10-04 10:24:28
I hired Chris to handle three speeding tickets I had in three different counties. He was was always very responsive and better yet was successful in getting... read more
Traci M.
Traci M.
2017-10-02 19:13:46
Best damn trial attorney. You want him on your side, not Theirs! read more
T M.
T M.
2017-05-24 11:37:28
Would HIGHLY recommend using Chris Van Vechten. I was given his information from a co-worker so I could have someone represent me regarding a speeding... read more

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Now It’s Easier to Vacate a Conviction (including immigration convictions)

The law has changed following passage of House Bill 1041, sponsored by Representative Drew Hansen, so that more people can apply to have their criminal records vacated and expunged than ever before.
It's a scam - In 2016, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office launched a new division called the High Priority Offender Unit (HPO).

Pierce County’s High Priority Offender Scam

In 2016, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office launched a new division called the High Priority Offender Unit (HPO for short).  The idea was that prosecutors would use data from a defendant’s prior criminal history to assess whether this defendant is – compared to other criminal defendants –  disproportionately committing crimes.  By 2017 the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office claimed to have sent more than 650 HPOs to prison, which – they claim –dramatically reduced crime in the community. All of these claims range from suspicious to flat out untrue.
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Four Rules to Remember When Fighting the Washington State Department of Licensing
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If you have been charged, expect to be charged, or are currently being investigated for anything resembling indecent exposure, it is important you retain a committed and aggressive attorney who understands the sensitivities of these sorts of crimes as soon as possible.  Failing to do so risks undermining your case and being charged with even more serious offenses.