201412.21
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I HAVEN’T EVEN BEEN CONVICTED YET, WHY HAS MY LICENSE TO DRIVE BEEN SUSPENDED?

The collateral consequences of a DUI conviction are numerous and harsh.  But often my client’s primary concern is preventing their driving license from being suspended or restoring it upon resolving their matter.   Because many DUI defendants struggle to understand the following important facts about DOL suspensions, and consequently make decisions in court that do not…

The Effect of I-594
201411.15
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The Effect of I-594

Nationwide, gun violence has been in a continual decline for the past 30 years. Nevertheless, this year Washington’s gun-control advocates made the case that additional laws were necessary to keep guns away from criminals and the mentally ill. Their mechanism for doing so was I-594. Here’s the facts about the new law, what it changes,…

Defending DUIs
201409.08
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Defending DUIs

All DUI’s are tough. The public is rarely on the driver’s side, and the Government’s formulaic narrative is always backed by experts, and designed to frame their too often subjective conclusions in an extremely objective light. Additionally, the law requires a finding of guilt based on arbitrary blood alcohol and THC ratings which reflect the…

201408.04
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100 days in Office

The Law Office of Chris Van Vechten recently hit the 100 days in office mark.  Been a fun/stressful/fulfilling ride. Over the past 100 days, Chris has: Admitted a Last Will and Testament to probate; Drafted a professional services agreement for a company that specializes in providing consulting services to candidates for public office; Represented Defendants…

PRIVATE COUNSEL OR PUBLIC DEFENDER?
201407.28
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PRIVATE COUNSEL OR PUBLIC DEFENDER?

If you were recently arrested or even arraigned, the decision of whether to keep your public defender or retain private counsel is the most important choice you will make going forward – regardless of whether your ultimate goal is to prove your innocence at trial, or negotiate a plea deal in advance. Here’s some straightforward…

201407.18
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Easier than ever to file for 501(c)(3) status

The Law Office of Chris Van Vechten was recently retained to assist a Kitsap County youth sports client in applying for 501(c)(3) status.  Traditionally, applying for 501(c)3 tax-exemption has been a laborious task, but recent developments at the IRS have made it easier than ever.  Public Charities which receive less than $50,000 a year in…

Get help restoring your right to vote for FREE
201407.11
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Get help restoring your right to vote for FREE

For the month of July, the Law Office of Chris Van Vechten is offering FREE assistance to convicted felons in Washington State who are interested in restoring their right to vote.  While restoration of voting rights does not normally require an attorney, Chris is willing to lend assistance to those who have worked to regain…