The Beginning of the End of the All White Jury?
201804.23
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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…

Theft in the Third Degree
201609.11
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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….

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,…

WHO DO WE REPRESENT?
201504.29
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WHO DO WE REPRESENT?

The Law Office of Chris Van Vechten has served as counsel to clients who seem to represent every cross-section of our community. Chris has represented: professional athletes; politicians and elected officials; the homeless and the addicted; business owners and working class heroes; soldiers who serve our country, and immigrants – documented or otherwise – who…

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.  …