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Criminal Law in Spokane, WA


If you have been charged with a crime, call 8 Second Legal to speak with a criminal defense attorney. Turn to us for help with criminal law in Spokane, WA, and surrounding areas. Our criminal law company has extensive experience defending clients accused of felonies, misdemeanors, and major crimes.

Felonies

When facing felony charges, it is imperative that you have an attorney that knows how to accurately calculate your Offender Score. Mistakes do occur in this calculation, and a miscalculation could translate to a significantly longer sentence if you are convicted.

Do not play games with your future. Call 8 Second Legal. You need an attorney who knows what they are doing. It is much easier to avoid a catastrophic error than it is to try to fix one after it has occurred.

DUI

Anyone can be charged with a crime. DUI is one of the most common criminal law charges that wreak havoc on the lives of ordinary people every day. Our office understands the impact that these charges and their consequences have on you and your family, and we can help.

There are two possible consequences to a DUI conviction. First, there are criminal consequences. A DUI carries up to 364 days in jail and up to a $5,000 fine. A DUI can also come with up to five years' probation. Second, there are civil consequences. The Department of Licensing (DOL) will attempt to suspend or revoke your license for anywhere from 90 days to two years. You need an attorney that can help you with both of these issues. Call us now.

More About DUI Charges

The fact that a person has a prescription to use a drug under the laws of this state is not a defense against a charge of DUI. A person can be charged with driving while under the influence (DUI) in any of the following scenarios:

  • The person has an alcohol concentration of 0.08 within two hours after driving.
  • The person has a THC concentration of 5.00 within two hours after driving.
  • The person is driving while under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor, marijuana, or any drug.
  • The person is driving under the combined influence of or is affected by intoxicating liquor, marijuana, and any drug.

DUI Dos & Don'ts

Download our DUI Dos & Don'ts document for more information about what to do when stopped by the police. By following these simple steps, you will avoid problems down the road.

Domestic Violence

A domestic violence charge can be life-altering. It is imperative that you have an experienced attorney helping you. The potential consequences of a domestic violence charge are far too serious to face without sound legal advice. In addition to the criminal charge, the following must be considered in domestic violence defense:

  • CPS Involvement (Especially When Children Are Witness to the Alleged Incident)
  • Gun Rights
  • Effect on Parenting Plans or Child Custody
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  • Employment (Current & Future)
  • Navigation of No Contact Orders

Vacating Misdemeanors

RCW 9.96.060 authorizes a sentencing court to vacate a conviction for a misdemeanor or a gross misdemeanor if:

For any offense other than those described in RCW 9.96.060(2)(e), the offender has completed all the terms of his or her sentence, including financial obligations, and more than three years have passed since completion;

1. The offender has no criminal charges pending or has not been convicted of a new crime in any state or federal court;
2. The offender does not have another conviction vacated; or
3. The offender has not been restrained within the last five years by a domestic violence protection order, a no-contact order, an anti-harassment order, or a civil restraining order.

In addition, the offense must not be:

1. A violent offense, as defined in RCW 9.94A.030, or an attempt to commit a violent offense;
2. A violation of RCW 46.61.502 (driving under the influence), RCW 46.61.504 (physical control of a vehicle while under the influence), RCW 9.91.020 (operating a railroad, steamboat, or vehicle while intoxicated), or the offense is considered a "prior offense" under RCW 46.61.5055 and there is a subsequent alcohol or drug violation within ten years of the date of arrest for the prior offense;
3. A violation, including attempt, of chapter 9.68 RCW (obscenity and pornography), chapter 9.68A RCW (sexual exploitation of children), or chapter 9A.44 RCW (sex offenses); or
4. An offense involving domestic violence in some circumstances and as described in RCW 9.96.060(2)(e).

Vacating Felonies

RCW 9.94A.640 provides for vacating some felony convictions. An offender who has been discharged may request, by motion, that the sentencing court vacate the conviction. But the record of conviction may not be cleared if:

1. Criminal charges are pending against the offender in any state or federal court;
2. The conviction was for a violent offense as defined in RCW 9.94A.030 or a crime against persons as defined in RCW 43.43.830;
3. The offender has been convicted of a new crime in any state or federal court since discharge;
4. The offense is a class B felony and less than ten years have passed since discharge;
5. The offense is a class C felony described in RCW 46.61.502(6) or RCW 46.61.504(6);
6. The offense is any class C felony, other than those described in RCW 46.61.502(6) or RCW 46.61.504(6), and less than five years have passed since discharge.

SEAL: To prevent access to a record.

Under General Rule 15, sealing a court record may be ordered when a conviction has been vacated or when the court finds that compelling privacy or safety concerns outweigh the public interest in access to the record. Current law does not allow for destroying the court record of a criminal action against an adult that results in a conviction or some adverse findings.