150 “Not Guilty” Verdicts/Case Dismissals…and Counting
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150 “Not Guilty” Verdicts/Case Dismissals…and Counting

Last week, the Law Office of Chris Van Vechten had its 150th case dismissal: a possession of a stolen motor vehicle case.  These are cases where Chris took the client to trial and received “not guilty” verdicts on all counts or via motion/negotiation in the pre-trial phase got all charges completely dismissed.  Chris has successfully…

The Beginning of the End of the All White Jury?
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The Beginning of the End of the All White Jury?

In brief, here’s how jury selection works: Potential jurors are assigned numbers prior to entering the courtroom. The lower your number, the more likely you are to be picked for a jury because if you are not bumped for cause or a preemptory challenge, and if there are still seats on the panel and there…

The need to decriminalize some forms of Theft
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The need to decriminalize some forms of Theft

Last year, the Law Office of Chris Van Vechten represented a 22 year old client with no prior criminal history who was charged with stealing $5.99 worth of nail polish from a Walmart in Tacoma.  The client didn’t even make it out of the store before security stopped her…so the merchandise was fully recovered and presumably…

A NEW OFFICE FOR A NEW YEAR
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A NEW OFFICE FOR A NEW YEAR

2016 was a big year for the Law Office of Chris Van Vechten, marked by some dramatic successes both inside and out of the courtroom.  The highlight of course was proving the innocence of a 15 year-old-client who was framed for bringing a loaded and cocked semi-automatic pistol to his high school, in a relatively…

Theft in the Third Degree
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Theft in the Third Degree

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to represent many wonderful people in horrible situations, and too many of them I’ve represented multiple times.  When I look back on the criminal history of these frequent flyers, it’s clear to me what criminal conviction turned them from law-abiding persons who made a mistake into life-long criminals….

Charged as a Juvenile
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Charged as a Juvenile

The Juvenile Justice System is a strange subspecies of the criminal justice system that – for a variety of reasons – only a fraction of defense attorneys venture to try their hand at.   Being charged as a juvenile means that the short term consequences of a conviction (called an “adjudication” within juvenile court lingo)…