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Areas of Practice

Felony Criminal Charges - Federal & State Cases

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If you are arrested or charged with a felony criminal charge, contact us.

A wide range of criminal offenses can be charged as a felony; some can be either a felony or a misdemeanor, (such as theft). The level of charging depends on the elements of the offense. Felony charges are serious and require a dynamic defense.

Felony offenses are classified as Class A (most severe), Class B, and Class C (least severe).  All sentences carry a potential for incarceration in a State Penitentiary as opposed to a County Jail. Washington state law provides varying possible prison terms for felony offenses. The sentence you may be facing will depend on your existing criminal record and the prosecutor's recommendation.

If you've been charged with a felony offense, it's important to work with an experienced Washington defense attorney. Disruption to your family life, your career, as well as your ability to qualify for student loans, and your very freedom may be at stake. A defense attorney with years of experience, like you will find at Jardine Law, understands how prosecutors build a case and how defense counsel develops a strategy for trial.

Misdemeanor Criminal Charges - Federal & State Cases

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If you are arrested or charged with a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor criminal charge, contact us.

Our office has provided legal representation in hundreds of misdemeanor criminal matters throughout the State of Washington.  We have handled all phases of misdemeanor criminal defense including trials and appeals.  We are dedicated to providing a thorough analysis and hands-on approach in defense of our clients and their constitutional rights.  Selecting an attorney that you can trust and have confidence in is the most important decision that you will make in your own defense.  Let our office assist you in navigating the complexity of the criminal justice system.  Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

Juvenile Criminal Charges

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If your child is under investigation for a criminal offense - even if he or she has not been arrested or charged with a crime, contact us.

In Washington, as in many other states, the immediate intervention by an experienced defense attorney can prevent a matter from proceeding to juvenile court or minimize the potential serious consequences that can come from a juvenile arrest. If you are a parent or guardian seeking to protect and defend a minor child who has been accused of a crime, or one who wants to keep a conviction off your child's record, retaining the services of a skilled juvenile defense attorney is important.

Juvenile court is unique, and the attorney you select should be experienced in both the law and the Juvenile Court.  Although it is true that the criminal law is the same in juvenile and adult court, the procedures and sentencing law are substantially different.

The consequences of an inexperienced attorney can be dramatic. For example, contrary to what many parents believe, a juvenile [RCW 13.40] conviction is not removed from a child's record when he or she turns eighteen. Despite the rehabilitative focus of juvenile court, juvenile convictions are counted as criminal history in future cases. They also remain on state criminal records databases and may affect a young person's ability to enter college; obtain employment, financial aid, or a driver's license; or join the military. You need experienced representation.  Let our office assist you in understanding the complex and overwhelming juvenile justice system.  Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

DUI - Federal & State Cases

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If you are arrested or charged with a DUI, or any alcohol/drug related driving charge, contact us.

DUI crimes are taken seriously by law enforcement. In addition to potential jail time and fines, a conviction for a DUI crime will have serious long term consequences.  We understand after an arrest for a Washington State DUI, many people have feelings of despair, hopelessness, and even anger.  We are here to tell you that there is hope that your charge will be successfully resolved and even more importantly, that you will make it through this period.

If you reside in the state of Washington and you've been arrested for DUI there are two proceedings:

1. The civil case where you can request a Department of Licensing hearing.

2. The criminal case whereby you are charged with a crime and the court can impose both fines and jail time.

Penalties [RCW 46.61.5055] are associated with both of these proceedings. Washington State's DUI criminal penalties vary. For any DUI conviction, minimal jail-time is 24 hours. A DUI sentence of up to 365 days may be given by a judge. If you have prior DUI convictions or if you refused a breath test at the time of your arrest, the mandatory minimum sentence could be enhanced.

We have helped hundreds of people who are in a similar situation as yours fight their charges. We have had great results, with many people having their DUI cases dismissed, reduced to a lesser charge, or found not guilty after a trial.

Traffic Infractions

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If you receive a traffic citation for speeding or for any other moving violation [WAC 308-104-160] , contact us. Many people are unaware of the consequences that a simple traffic infraction may have on their insurance premiums as well as their ability to maintain a driver’s license.  Our office recognizes the significant financial impact sustained by persons who receive traffic infractions and has successfully handled hundreds of traffic infraction cases in the State of Washington.  Traffic infraction cases deserve a thorough analysis and often involve complex and technical legal issues.  Facing a judge or police officer alone can be an overwhelming experience and it is something that you should not have to do alone.  If you receive a traffic infraction please contact our office for a consultation.

CPS investigations and Dependency Defense

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If Child Protective Services (CPS) begins an investigation or if the police remove your children from your care, contact us.

CPS exists to protect children in danger. Any person can report an instance of abuse or neglect to CPS, which investigates the allegations. However, CPS is a large, bureaucratic government organization that sometimes lacks sensitivity to unique family dynamics. The process and individual social workers may overlook the rights of parents and not adhere to the boundaries of their authority. These oversights can interfere with families and even harm the same children and families that CPS seeks to assist. An effective attorney can help you during this important investigation phase.

The attorneys at Jardine Law have a wealth of experience in CPS cases and bring compassion, understanding and commitment to your side. With years in the courtroom as a powerful advocate in dependency hearings and administrative law, This firm has earned a reputation for excellence in parent representation.

Family Law

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including:      divorce, separation, custody, relocation, support, adoption pre-nuptial/cohabitation agreements, and protection

If you need to file for divorce or if you have a family law matter to resolve, contact us.

Family conflict is oftentimes a surprise and creates a disruption in your daily life, at such times you need a lawyer who will work for your interests and will provide you with the information to make informed decisions regarding your case.

If you have reached the point where you are considering contacting a family law attorney, you are probably undergoing an emotional and stressful time in you life. Though it will be difficult, you will need to sort out your emotions from the facts in order to proceed because even in family law matters, the court uses a rational, business-like approach. The advice and involvement of an experienced family law attorney can help.

Personal Injury

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If you are injured in an auto accident, contact us. We provide for contingent fee representation which is a fee based on a percentage of the overall settlement or recovery, paid after the case is resolved.

If you are injured in an automobile collision or motorcycle accident, consider speaking with an Attorney. The insurance company will often attempt a quick settlement with you by offering fast cash. If you have been in a car accident in Washington State, please call me before you speak with the insurance company about your injuries. Due to the adrenaline or shock of the accident, you probably will not feel all the pain of your injuries, and you might not be aware of the seriousness of your injuries. Not knowing this, you may be inclined to accept the quick settlement money for your claim. Consider speaking with an Attorney before accepting any insurance offer.

Washington Drivers license Hearings

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If you learned your license has been or will be suspended, contact us.  Driving with a suspended or revoked license is charged as a criminal offense and it often has serious consequences such as: fines, further license suspensions, and jail time.

There are three degrees of driving with a suspended license:

  • Driving with a license suspended in the Third Degree   [RCW 46.20.342]
    This is a misdemeanor and if convicted carries a term of 90 days in jail and a $1,000.00 fine.  Persons who are charged with this offense have failed to appear for a court hearing or have not paid a traffic ticket that they received.
  • Driving with a license suspended in the Second Degree   [RCW 46.20.342]
    This is a gross misdemeanor and if convicted carries a term of up to 1 year in jail and a $5,000.00 fine.  Persons who are charged with this offense typically have their license suspended for a prior major moving violation such as DUI or Reckless Driving. Each conviction results in a new consecutive revocation.
  • Driving with a license suspended in the First Degree  [RCW 46.20.342]
    This is a gross misdemeanor and if convicted carries a mandatory minimum term of jail of 10 days and up to 1 year and a $5,000.00 fine.  Persons who are charged with this offense have typically had their license revoked due to habitual traffic offender status. Each conviction results in a new consecutive revocation.
Additionally, the Department of Licensing can revoke a license for other reasons:
  • Habitual Traffic Offender  [RCW 46.65.070]
    A person who has had their license revoked under RCW 46.65.020 is defined as a habitual traffic offender.  It is a person who has more than three convictions for major moving violations or 20 or more traffic violations within a one year period.  If the department of Licensing determines a person to be a habitual traffic offender their license is revoked for a period of seven years.
  • Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs  [RCW 46.61.502]
    This is a gross misdemeanor and if convicted carries a mandatory minimum term of jail of 1 day and up to 1 year, a driver’s license suspension, and a $5,000.00 fine.  In addition to the criminal penalties, the department of Licensing will determine in a separate hearing that a person found to be DUI will have an administrative license suspension.
  • Reckless Driving   [RCW 46.61.500]
    This is a misdemeanor and if convicted carries a term of up to 90 days in jail, a driver’s license suspension, and a $1,000.00 fine.  

Relicensing

Has your driver’s license been suspended or revoked?  If so, you may be eligible to be re-licensed or qualify for an occupational/restricted license to drive in the state of Washington.  Our office is well aware of the level of frustration that a person can experience when dealing with the department of licensing.  This is not a process that you need to handle alone. The attorneys at Jardine Law office have the experience and knowledge necessary to assist you in your efforts to obtain a valid driver’s license.  Contact our office for a consultation and see if you may be eligible for a re-licensing or an alternative license.

Domestic Violence

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If you are arrested or charged with a domestic violence charge, contact us.

Domestic violence [RCW 10.99.025 (5)] crimes are taken seriously by law enforcement. In addition to potential jail time and fines, a conviction for a domestic violence related crime (even a "minor" assault) will have serious long term consequences. 
                           
We have helped many people who in similar situations fight the charges. We’ve had great results, with many people having their domestic violence cases dismissed, reduced to a lesser charge, or found not guilty after a trial. 

Wills

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If you are facing surgery, recently married, or simply need to update your will, contact us.

A poorly prepared will won’t be obvious until it is too late.  You need an attorney whose skill and experience immediately recognize problems in existing wills so they can be corrected while there is still time to do so.  We know that the financial situation of every client is unique - there is no “one size fits all” approach. Here each client receives personalized attention and service, and each will is drafted for your needs.



 

 

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