Most people have never been charged with a crime. They have never been in any trouble with the law. All it takes, however, is one tiny bit of bad judgment, or one small mistake, and you could be facing charges. When that happens, you need someone who knows the courts and the system. Convictions are expensive. Not only are there the direct costs of fines and fees, but after a conviction it can be much harder to rent an apartment or get a job. You need an attorney who will fight to ensure that you are protected. You also need someone who understands your situation, and can help guide you. At Laukkonen Law, PLLC, we do our utmost to make certain that you know what is going on every step of the way, and that you are able to make informed decisions about your case.
In District Court and Municipal Court, one of the most serious charges that people face is DUI. A charge of DUI has a maximum possible sentence of 364 days in jail and a $5000.00 fine. If you rack up enough of them, then a DUI can even be a felony with greater punishments possible.
Even a first time DUI with a low breath test has a minimum sentence of 1 day in jail and hundreds of dollars in fines and fees if you are convicted. There are also mandatory license consequences and treatment requirements. Nobody plans to go out and get a DUI, but if you find yourself facing a DUI charge, then you really need an attorney. Give me a call.
The prosecutor can even charge a DUI if you are below 0.08. How can that happen? If the prosecutor can prove at trial that your driving was "appreciably affected" by drugs or alcohol, then you can be convicted of driving under the influence, even if you were below the stated limit.
There are defenses to DUI, but you really need an attorney who handles DUI cases to find a defense that fits your facts, and to convince the judge that it applies to your case. Call me today for a free consultation. 360-999-8359.
In Superior Court, the charges range from fairly minor felony charges with a standard range of 0 - 90 days on up to extremely serious matters involving life in prison. Charges like Assaulting a Police Officer or Possession of Controlled Substances are very common. Although each case is different, there are many items that can be examined to help you. Search warrants, witness statements, even what you told the police at the time can all be important pieces. If you find yourself needing representation in Thurston, Mason, or Lewis Counties, then give me a call. 360-999-8359
What about afterward? You paid the price, you did your time, and now you need to move on and put that conviction behind you. Many people are eligible to vacate their Felony, Gross Misdemeanor, or Misdemeanor records or to seal their Juvenile records. Once Vacated (sometimes called Expungement in other states), you are legally allowed to say that you have never been convicted of that offense. Recent changes in the law mean that more people than ever before are eligible in this state. Give me a call today, and I'll be happy to see if you are eligible to vacate your past.
Many people have had their firearms rights stripped from them, sometimes for an offense that was eventually dismissed. Sometimes people don't even realize that they lost their rights, because it was never mentioned when they were convicted. Although there are some offenses that permanently deprive you of your right to own, possess, or even have a firearm under your control, there are also many times that your firearm rights can be restored. Call today, and I would be happy to help.
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