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How can Yakima Law help me?

Zealous Representation

Don't let one accusation ruin your life! From the moment you retain Yakima Law, your legal team will pour over the evidence in order to argue your case to the fullest. Know that the prosecutor is building his case from day-one. Yakima Law knows that the only way to get you the best results is to Moving to supress improper evidence and standing up to the prosecutor in order to make you aren't just another statistic.

Trial Tested Attorneys

Yakima Law knows that the best way to maximize your results is to always be ready to take matters to trial when necessary. They are not afraid to stand up for your rights!

Protecting Your Freedom

You need your attorney to know the 'in's and 'out's of the law. From the initial appearance to the complex sentancing rules, Yakima Law has you covered! We will stand with you through the entire process to make sure that you are not alone, that you have someone protecting what matters!

Know Your Rights!

Warrants:

Many people only find out about a warrant after they have been stopped for a minor offense like speeding, only to have their entire day upended as they are told to step out of the vehicle. If you have an outstanding warrant, having an attorney is key to making sure that you don't end up spending the night in jail. They can help you negotiate any bond or argue for a release without bond.

What if the cops want to talk to me?

It can be nerve racking talking to the police. Even if you . Understand that anything you say to the police can and will used against you. That is why its is so important not to say anything without your attorney present. Sometimes people think that they can talk themselves out of an issue, only to wind up in hotter water. Yakima Law is here to defend you,whether it is malicious mischief or DUI.

What happens at an arraignment?

Many times an arraignment is a person's first experience with court. It can be scary not knowing what to expect. The arraignment is when the prosecutor formally brings charges against you. Many times the charges could change from what you were originally booked on. Your attorney will most likely waive a formal reading of the charges and center a not guilty plea. The court will then assess whether you can be released on your own recognizance or if you need to post bail. CrR 3.2 allows that, except in captial cases, there is a presumption of release unless the court finds you to be a danger, at risk of not appearing, or other issue.

What's the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

Misdemeanors are crimes subject to a maximum of 90 days in jail and / or $1,000 fine. Gross misdemeanor are crimes subject to a maximum of 364 days in jail and / or $5,000 fine. This can include many domestic violence crimes. Felony crimes have three different classes. Class C carries up to 5 years in prison and / or $10,000 in fines. Class B felonies can result in 10 years in prison and / or $20,000. Class A felonies are punishable by up to life in prison and / or $50,000 in fines.

How will this affect my immigration status?

The conviction of a crime or making a plea of guilty to certain crimes of violence or dishonesty can lead to negative effects on your status or deportation. Our attorneys are sensitive to the issues facing the immigrant community and can help get the advice on how to address your criminal matter.

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Charged With A DUI?

What is going to happen with my license?

Yakima Law knows that losing your license could have a huge impact on your life, your family and your career. Depending on your history, location of the offense, and other factors your license could be immediately revoked and not returned for some time. It is important to have an attorney to make sure to not only address the court case but also the administrative case to get your license restored.

How do I challenge the sobriety test?

While submitting to a breathelizer or chemical testing may be required, understand that field sobriety tests are voluntary. Our attorneys have time and time again seen these highly subjective tests applied in poor conditions leading to faulty results. Yakima Lawk knows how to challenge bad evidence to supress it and keep it out of a jury's hands.

This is my first offence, what will happen if I'm convicted?

In Washington State, if you are convicted of DUI you face up to 364 days in jail. If you had a BAC of less than .15% there is a minimum of 24 hours; a BAC of greater than .15% or refusing a BAC test, and you are looking at a mimimum of 48 hours. Mandatory fines are $940.50 up to a max of $5,000. You can be required to have an ignition interlock and probation for 2 to 5 years. With so much on the line, it's important to have a skilled attorney handling your matter.