DRUG CRIMES
201510.12
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DRUG CRIMES

Despite some highly publicized moves at both the State and Federal Level, the War on Drugs is still very much alive in Pierce, Thurston, Kitsap and King County, particularly for those alleged to be involved in the use and distribution of heroine and methamphetamine.   However, the consequences of even mere possession of any controlled substance…

Smoke Pot?  Own a Car?  You should know about this.
201510.12
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Smoke Pot? Own a Car? You should know about this.

In 2015, the Washington State Legislature expanded its open container law to encompass marijuana.  House Bill 1276, which predominately concerned one of the Legislature’s favorite criminal subjects – DUI – nevertheless made it a traffic infraction for the registered owner of a motor vehicle, or the driver if the registered owner is not then present,…

WHEN IS IT LEGAL TO USE FORCE AGAINST A POLICE OFFICER
201508.10
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WHEN IS IT LEGAL TO USE FORCE AGAINST A POLICE OFFICER

The short answer is practically never. Historically, a suspect had the right to resist an unlawful arrest by a police officer so long as the force applied was proportional to the threat presented. See State v, Rousseau, 40 Wn.2d 92, 94, 241 P.2d 447, 449 (1952). The theory behind this rule was explained – in…

No Contact Orders
201505.19
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No Contact Orders

Because of the likelihood of repeated violence directed at those who have been victims of domestic violence in the past, when any person charged with or arrested for a crime involving domestic violence is released from custody before arraignment or trial on bail or personal recognizance, the court authorizing the release may prohibit that person…

WE’VE MOVED
201504.27
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WE’VE MOVED

The Law Office of Chris Van Vechten has a new location in down-town Tacoma, conveniently located just a few blocks away from the Pierce County Court House. Our new address is 306 S 7th St, Suite 208, Tacoma, WA, 98402.   Look forward to seeing you soon.

HOW EASILY YOU CAN BE CHARGED WITH BURGLARIZING YOUR OWN HOUSE
201503.11
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HOW EASILY YOU CAN BE CHARGED WITH BURGLARIZING YOUR OWN HOUSE

HYPOTHETICAL BASED ON REAL EVENTS One day in January, police officers responded to a house in Pierce County for a domestic disturbance and possible no contact order violation.  It was reported that the Defendant – Jack – was living with his sister – Jill. Deputies subsequently arrived at the aforementioned address and interviewed both Jack and…

Happy New Year
201412.21
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Happy New Year

2014 has been quite a year for the Law Office of Chris Van Vechten.  I started the year defending clients facing charges for misdemeanors like DUI and Assault Domestic Violence, and finished the year regularly defending clients charged with felonies ranging from possession of meth to rape of a child in the third degree.  …

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…

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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…