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DUI Attorney and Criminal Defense Lawyer

Vancouver WA and Portland OR

Have An Experienced Attorney On Your Side

We understand that no one wants to be in the position to have to hire a criminal defense attorney. But if you do, you want to hire one you can trust who has the experience to know exactly what to do in your situation.

Kris Carrasco is a criminal defense attorney with an office in Vancouver, WA who focuses on individuals charged with felony and misdemeanor offenses throughout Washington and Oregon. Kris is experienced in defending clients in all areas of criminal law, including, domestic violence, drunk driving (DUI or DUII). drug charges. assault, theft, harassment, and other criminal charges. He is admitted to practice law in Washington, Oregon and California and limits his practice to Washington and Oregon.

Kris fights tirelessly for his clients to ensure that their rights are protected and that their case results in their favor. Kris uses his years of experience defending hundreds of clients to come up with a specialized plan in each case to ensure success.

Kris Carrasco is always accessible and makes sure to inform his clients in each step of their case. He understands that the legal system can be overwhelming, so he will always make time to answer all of your questions and explain difficult concepts. Kris is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week to talk about your case.

We offer affordable payment options with flexible payment plans. When you are faced with a criminal charge you need an attorney that can put together a plan for you to make sure you get the best possible results. Contact our office via our contact form . or call day or night 360.975.4673 .

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Domestic violence charges are aggressively pursued by the government, even when no one involved wants to press charges. No-contact orders are almost always issued, which break up families and create serious financial stress. Kris Carrasco is an experienced domestic violence attorney who has handled thousands of domestic violence cases and can help you come up with a strategy to get you the best outcome.

DUI penalties in Washington depend on how many prior DUI convictions or other convictions originally charged as a DUI that have been reduced to negligent driving or reckless driving. Washington imposes mandatory minimum jail sentences and fines based on these factors. Additionally, the department on licensing initiates a separate process for suspending your license as soon as you are arrested for DUI, which requires immediate action to fight.

If you are facing a DUI charge you may want to consider entering a deferred prosecution program or diversion program. These options each have their own unique advantages and disadvantages depending on your particular situation. We can help you decide if these options are right for you and make sure that you make the best decision in your case.

Driving under the influence charges can affect just about anyone and are treated very seriously by police, prosecutors and judges. Consequences include mandatory jail time, loss of your driving privileges and heavy fines. Hire an experienced DUI attorney who can navigate through the many legal hurdles in order to keep your license and keep you out of jail.

If you or a loved one is charged with any crime or are under investigation contact our office to set up a free consultation. From Drug Charges to Thefts. Assaults, and Post Conviction. we handle all types of criminal cases. The earlier you get an experienced attorney, the better the outcome. Contact us today.

New DUI Laws for 2016 The Washington State Legislature has passed two new bills that further increase penalties for DUIs. Over the past few years Washington has created more aggressive laws to.

Judge Acquits Client on Rape Charge My client, Tremaine Rambo, won a huge victory today when the court acquitted him on the charge of Attempted Rape in the Second Degree. Tremaine.

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Kris Carrasco is licensed to practice law throughout the west coast. He is experienced in criminal and civil law and regularly appears in Clark County Court for criminal hearings and trials.

  • B.A. Philosophy and Political Science – University of Southern California
  • J.D. Criminal Law – Lewis and Clark Law
  • Washington Defenders Association member

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California Felony

California felonies are charges and convictions that can result in probation and jail time. At times a felony can be punishable by a prison sentence of sixteen months or up to life in prison. Unlike other states, California classifies its felonies into named categories: White Collar, Drug, Sex, and Violent and Serious Felonies.

Different Types of California Felonies
White Collar Felonies are crimes that are “paper crimes.” These include fraud, bribery, forgery, perjury, identity theft, embezzlement, computer crimes, and others. Felonies associated with drugs include possession, distributing, manufacturing, and possession with the intent to sell. Both of these categories are on the lower half of the felonies. These carry less severe punishments of either a prison sentence and a fine or just a prison sentence. The prison sentences can range from twenty years to five years in prison depending on the crime and the number of crimes committed.

California has special restrictions on employers running background checks on prospective employers – learn about the California 7-Year-Rule and more.

Sex Felonies are more severe and often can result in sex offender registration for certain crimes. This category includes sexual abuse, illegal possession of pornography, sexual assault, and continuous sexual abuse of a child. Violent and Serious Felonies are the final category of felonies and are the most severe. These can include, but are not limited to, mayhem, kidnapping, murder, involuntary manslaughter, arson, California felony DUI, grand theft involving a firearm, and others.

A California DUI felony is a law that is special to California. It is a driving under the influence charge for the fourth offense in ten years.

California Three Strikes Law
California has put into place a three strikes law where under the California Penal Cord section 667 an individual who has committed an offense three times will face worse felony convictions than a one time offender.

On the second strike a person will receive a conviction with a limitation on the amount of good behavior reductions allowed. A second strike will also receive a double prison sentence automatically. If two strikes have already been made and a third is received, an individual is automatically sentenced to twenty-five years to life in prison without the opportunity for parole.

California Wobblers
Some misdemeanors in California can be elevated to wobblers. These include different degrees of assault, fraud, vandalism, battery, hit and run, possession of a firearm, criminal threats, domestic violence, and embezzlement.

California Expungement
An expungement can dismiss a conviction of a plea of guilty, a no contest please, or a guilty sentence. Certain penalties are then released along with the prosecution and arrest records. An arrest, a dismissal, a rejection, and the lack of filing of papers can be cleared from public view. Expungement does not, however, destroy or seal criminal records.

Many convictions in California are eligible for expungement, but it is strongly advised to acquire a criminal defense attorney to consult on specific matters. Some felonies and misdemeanors are eligible for expungement, while others are not. To qualify for expungement, an individual must have completed probation, must been free from subsequent offenses, must be living an upright lifestyle, and all court orders must have been followed. Other conditions can apply, depending on the crime to be expunged.

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Domestic Violence Laws

A criminal charge of domestic violence carries a serious stigma, even when the incident is little more than a minor misunderstanding. The situation is even more difficult when the accuser is someone close to you.

Criminal Charge in Arizona? Please call (888) 730-3855.

Even if you made a mistake, an Arizona domestic violence charge is an area of law that the Arizona courts do not take lightly. You need a dedicated criminal defense lawyer on your side when you enter the courtroom, who is sympathetic to your circumstances understands how the court is likely to prosecute and how to defend against it.

What is Domestic Violence under Arizona Law?

Domestic violence doesn t only apply to spouses. If the victim is

  • your child s parent
  • pregnant with your child
  • your roommate
  • your girlfriend or boyfriend
  • your grandparent, parent, grandchild, brother, sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, step parent, or step child

you may be charged with a domestic violence offense.

More details: Domestic Violence Offenses ARS 13-3601

Why did I get arrested even though the fight was mutual?

If an officer comes to a location where a domestic dispute has taken place he has to use his best judgment in making arrests, and the Arizona courts support him in this. If the officer believes that further violence or disruptions may take place if you are not removed, you can be arrested.

The police officer only has to have probable cause that some domestic violence act occurred and you were the person who committed it. They don t have to witness anything first-hand.

While awaiting trial for a domestic violence charge an order of protection will probably be put in place by the court. This will require you to stay away from the alleged victim in the case. Violating this order can result in further criminal charges and jail time.

What offenses are considered domestic ?

Several Arizona laws can be considered domestic violence offenses if there is a qualifying victim. These crimes are not all violent in nature. If you are suspected of committing one of the following and you have a domestic relationship with the victim. you could be considered a domestic violence offender:

Arizona Domestic Violence Penalties

If you are charged and found guilty of one of the offenses above, such as assault, you will face the potential sentence recommended by the Arizona sentencing guidelines for that particular charge. If you don t have a prior record, typically criminal penalties are the same regardless of any domestic relationship between the accused and the victim.

That doesn t mean the cases are the same. Criminal charges in Arizona with a domestic relationship are often prosecuted more aggressively. This is where your decision to get the best criminal defense lawyer to represent you can be critical.

If you are convicted of a second domestic violence offense you may be put on supervised probation and have to serve jail time as a condition of the probation.

Aggravated Domestic Violence

If you are found guilty of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge for a third time (in an 84 month period) you can be charged with a felony and sentenced accordingly to prison time. Aggravated domestic violence is considered a Class 5 felony and carries up to 2 ½ years in prison for a first conviction.

See: Arizona Aggravated Domestic Violence Laws ARS 13-3601.02

Serious Domestic Assaults

If your charge involves serious bodily injury to the alleged victim or the use of a weapon, you may be charged with a far more weighty felony. Aggravated assault is a class 3 felony and carries a potential sentence of 5-15 years.

With any domestic violence conviction you will likely be required to attend a domestic violence treatment program.

The Arizona Criminal Court system takes domestic violence matters very seriously. If you are facing charges like these you are probably frightened of the uncertainty of your future. Now is not a time to leave your fate to chance, contact us for a consultation on your case.

Free Consultation

Contact me today for a free legal case evaluation on any criminal charge by calling:

(888) 730-3855 Receive our free legal defense consultation and case evaluation. I’ll explain what you are facing in plain language, and tell you how I can help you defend any Arizona criminal charge.

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Imputed Earnings: Get a Real Job
During marriage (or domestic partnership) spouses (and domestic partners) have a duty to support each other as outlined by Family Code 43. read more By Donald S. Sherwyn, Esq. August 2017

Divorce and The Stay-At-Home Parent
Whether you ve made the decision to divorce, or the decision was made for you by the other parent, when you are the traditional Stay-at-H. read more By Christine Reynolds Inglis, Esq. August 2017

Are Attorney’s Fees Available To Enforce The Terms Of My Judgment?
Attorney’s fees may be sought under a variety of reasons in any action under the Family Law Act. This article discusses some options for fees when see. read more By James P. Reape, Esq. August 2017

Helping Hungry Families In Santa Clarita
For many Santa Clarita families, summer time means family trips, pool or beach days and backyard barbecues with friends and neighb. read more By Reape-Rickett Law Firm August 2017

Reasonable Self-Defense – Not Abuse
Self-defense can be a tricky thing. On one hand are those instances where an attempted burglary or assault – or sometimes even an attempt. read more By John F. Grannis, Esq. August 2017

Domestic Violence and Spousal Support
Domestic violence, known as the quiet epidemic, is often a taboo topic, or considered a private, family matter. According to the Nationa. read more By Andrea Bruns, Esq August 2017

What Our Clients Have To Say

“When I was ready to begin my divorce, I was referred to several law firms, and after consultations with each of them, I chose Reape-Rickett to represent me. From day one, my case was handled professionally as well as personally, which was very important to me as I had never gone through a divorce and I had a lot of questions and concerns. I was also very concerned about costs. Everyone from my attorneys Jim Reape and Kale Heiman to my case worker Ruby to Donna the receptionist were very knowledgeable and walked me through. One of the things that stood ou”. read more – Theresa

“Mr. David Rickett and his staff are phenomenal! When my daughter’s father took me back to court to remodify child support, I was expecting the worst as he had intentions of cutting my daughter’s support in half, despite the fact that he spends 0 time with her and makes significantly more income than I do. I had used this firm in the past to establish paternity and child support, and so I sought legal aid from Mr. Rickett to see if there was some way I wouldn’t lose that money. After even just an hour of consultation, Mr. Rickett gave me all the tools nec”. read more – Jenn

“I personally used David Rickett for my own divorce and he took a situation that could have been volatile and terrifying and was able to calm my nerves while simultaneously working diligently to get me the divorce decree that I sought (and subsequently earned). Most men that have spoken to who have gone through divorces can’t believe that I not only was able to protect myself from paying alimony but most importantly, earned primary custody of my children. I owe Dave Rickett much more than a review. I owe him the invaluable time that I get to spend with”. read more – Randy

“All aspects of my divorce is finally done, after 7 years! David Rickett took over my case after I had to fire two previous attorneys. The first for being arrogant and taking my ex-wife’s side. The second for being incompetent, missing court hearings not following through with his promises. David and staff are extremely professional, knowledgeable, and encouraged me to meet with my ex-wife to work out lingering financial details. At this point she was tired of Lawyer games and desired a fair settlement. This being done, the paperwork was prepared pr”. read more – Paul

“Russell Thaw of Reape-Rickett Law Firm is a committed, diligent, compassionate, and compelling attorney. Without Russell, I would have been overwhelmed with the pressures and anxiety of deadlines and paperwork, likely with a bad outcome. I was not doing well without an attorney. This all changed with Russell. My interactions with Reape-Rickett have been very professional, understanding, and compassionate. This made the process much more bearable. Anna Thursland got everything right and communicated details perfectly. A real professional. I would choose n”. read more – Jay

Montenegro Orders: What Are They And How Do They Affect Custody And Visitation?

by Reape-Rickett Law Firm – The Reape-Rickett Family Law Firm

Pendente Lite Orders and Final Orders

Final custody orders and pendente lite (temporary) orders are actually very different in that they are analyzed differently under the Family Code. It is important that someone going through a divorce understands and distinguishes between these two types of custody and, thus, better understands the law as it applies to their particular situation.

A pendente lite or temporary custody order is made during the pendency of the dissolution. A Court will apply the “best interests” of the child analysis as enumerated in Family Code, § 3011, in order to determine the best custody arrangement for the minor child. In performing such an analysis and making its temporary custody determination, the Court is predominantly concerned with the “health, safety, and welfare of the child.”

A final custody order is usually made when the dissolution has ended and the couple is divorced. Under Montenegro v. Diaz (2001) 26 Cal.4th 249, the Court must apply a stricter standard when making final custody orders. The test applied is called the “changed circumstances” test. This test is applied as an adjunct to the “best interests” test. In Montenegro, the Court stated that this stricter standard should be applied when a custody order is “final”. The Court reasoned that the “changed circumstances” test should apply this more stringent standard to help preserve continuity and stability in custodial arrangements. Furthermore, only when the “changed circumstances” requirement has been met will the Court move on to the “best interests” analysis in order to make its determination of custody.

When is a Custody Order “Final”?

Under Montenegro, and other appellate decisions, a final custody determination can occur in one of two ways:

1) A stipulated custody order showing a “clear affirmative indication the parties intended such a result.”

2) When the Court makes an order after the issue of custody has been litigated in trial or in a post-judgment modification.

For the first option, an example would be language in a stipulated judgment that unequivocally states the custody order is final under Montenegro v. Diaz. For the second option, an example would be in a judgment based on orders made after trial or an Order to Show Cause regarding a post-judgment modification to custody.

Furthermore, it should be illustrated here that the Court will only apply the “changed circumstances” analysis as it relates to a modification or final determination of custody. If the parent is attempting to modify visitation, the Court will apply the “best interests” analysis. (Enrique M. v. Angelina V. (2004) 121 Cal.4th 1371.)



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My Friends and I Beat Up My Rapist, And I Will Never Apologize for Getting Revenge

Before he raped me, I considered Sean my friend. I decorated a cake for his birthday. I played my songs for him. He shared his closet-grown weed with me. He giggled as I jumped in a pile of leaves.

And then, two days after Thanksgiving. I asked Sean to accompany me to an all-ages show at the Bug Jar, a bar near my Rochester apartment. Since I was 19 and couldn’t drink at the venue, we met at my place to pregame. I drank half a liter of UV Blue in 15 minutes.

By the time we got to the Bug Jar, I was slurring. Halfway into the first band’s set, I could hardly stand up. I told Sean I needed to leave, and he walked me back to my apartment. I offered him my couch, headed for my bedroom, and blacked out.

I don’t know how much time passed before I woke up to find Sean grinding on top of me. I was on my period and could feel Sean forcing my tampon high inside my body. He was grunting. I was struggling to form sentences. My words were taffy stuck to the roof of my mouth.

“N-n-no, no. Sean, p-please, no.”

“I thought you were supposed to be good at this,” he said.

I was too drunk to move, too numb to cry. I leaned into the alcoholic haze as he finished, whimpering myself to sleep.

In the morning, I tried to remember where I was, what happened after the show, and why Sean was naked and smiling at me. When I saw my own clothes strewn around my bed, the pieces came back.

I excused myself and ran to my roommate’s bedroom, my eyes bulging. Leah asked what was wrong. I told her I didn’t know, I just felt weird. She suggested we all go to breakfast at Mark’s Texas Hots, the diner where Sean and I first met.

Sean sat next to me in the booth. I ordered a julienne salad with blue cheese dressing, and he stuck his stubby fingers in it, stealing my American cheese like he was my boyfriend.

Two hours later, I lay spread eagle on the living room hardwood, cringing as Leah’s fingers inched inside me in search of my tampon because I couldn’t get it out myself. Thirty seconds in, she gasped, her face contorting.

“Oh God, Emily. I’m sorry.”

She pulled out a used condom. Behind it, the tampon. My words and tears came simultaneously.

“Leah, I think I was raped.”

I was first sexually assaulted at 13 years old. I punished myself, embracing anorexia, self-harm, and isolation instead of seeking help. I believed the assault was my fault; I was too flirty and complicit and 17-year-old boys couldn’t help themselves.

When Sean raped me, I knew my survival depended on creating an alternate ending. After years of wearing shame like a self-fastened straight jacket, I finally trusted that the assaults were not my fault .

And I was livid.

I knew the police wouldn’t help. I had heard of friends going to the police, only to blamed or slut-shamed. I assumed I would be met with similar accusations, since I was drunk and considered Sean my friend.

I could already hear the questions: You let him sleep at your house, didn’t you. Why did you ask him to go to the show with you if you weren’t interested. If you were that drunk. how can you be sure you didn’t consent?

I knew that even if I did have a strong case, justice would require months of being re-traumatized by the repeated telling of my story. The defense would probably slut-shame me. I would have to see Sean in court. And if I wanted to be taken seriously, I would have had to go to the emergency room for a rape kit, subjecting myself to further violation.

I was inspired by stories of women who sought vengeance. There was Lisbeth Salander, the fictional hero of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. who tattooed “I AM A SADISTIC PIG, A PERVERT, AND A RAPIST” on her abuser. There was the pregnant woman in Turkey who decapitated her repeat rapist and brought his head to town. There was the woman who set her daughter’s rapist on fire outside of a bar. And there was Lorena Bobbitt. who cut her rapist husband’s penis off.

I was tired of feeling like a victim and internalizing my pain. Instead of working within a system that repeatedly fails sexual assault victims, I decided I would take justice into my own hands.

I called my ex-boyfriend, a relative, and a friend, told them I had been raped, and asked the three of them to come to Rochester. I said I had a plan. They didn’t ask questions.

My ex hopped a train from Indiana to Rochester and the others came in from Chicago. Over the next three days, we held private discussions in my bedroom, met up with Sean’s roommates, and talked to his friends. The consensus was that our plan was fair.

Two weeks after the assault, we were ready.

My ex-boyfriend and I drove to Sean’s house blasting Tupac’s “Hail Mary” and rapping along to the intro: “I ain’t a killer, but don’t push me. Revenge is like the sweetest joy. “

The other two drove separately. We parked our cars a few blocks away from Sean’s house, adjusted our ski masks, and clenched our fists.

We walked through snow flurries to Sean’s street. I approached the front door and knocked. Sean answered. Before he could say anything, my ex-boyfriend punched him twice in the face, picked him up, and threw him into a glass coffee table. The four of us ran to where he fell and administered blind punches and kicks, as though button-mashing in Street Fighter. I bludgeoned Sean’s pudgy body with a sock-n-lock as my ex-boyfriend screamed, “You don’t rape our friends and get away with it!”

Sean said nothing throughout the attack, just looked at the ceiling. Maybe he knew he deserved it. Maybe he was busy learning how it felt to be violated.

As the others headed for the front door, I turned around once more and screamed “FUCK YOU” in my own voice — the voice Sean had tried to take away from me. I lifted my weapon and whipped it hard into his stomach.

After the attack, we drove to a local tattoo shop, where I got the words “Burn It To The Ground” tattooed on my chest. Later, the words were joined by two tattooed praying mantises, one of which holds a bleeding mantis head in its hands.

​Bruises heal. Rape gets lodged in your stomach, mind, and spirit. Rape rears its ugly head in empty stares and cluttered thoughts and shallow sex. Rape does not end with revenge, however cathartic it is. Rape is a poison slowly working through the body. It is water torture — drip (remember) drip (remember) drip (remember). Rape continues to live in my bed, in my limbs, and in my interactions with lovers and friends.

I know my past actions are controversial. Pacifists like my mother will read this and think, How is this any better than rape itself? or, Why fight violence with violence? Some people will attempt to put me in the same category as Sean, labeling me as violent and irrational.

But then there are people like my father, who countered my mother’s disappointment with, “Pam, this man raped your daughter.” And there are arguments that my mother has finally come to understand; for example, the choice to seek personal justice in the face of an indifferent legal system.

I share this story because I want women to know that there are alternatives to slut-shaming, rape kits, and re-traumatization. You can call out your attacker on Facebook. You can make fliers and post them around town. You can spread the word amongst your friends. There are limitless options.

If taking the legal route feels more comfortable, go for it. I am by no means suggesting that anyone should follow in my footsteps, but I think stories like mine need to be shared for the sake of encouraging empowerment. Some people never speak out against their rapists; choosing to remain silent doesn’t make someone weaker than those who fight back, but it further elucidates the extent to which our society fails to protect victims.

Five years after avenging myself, I stand by my decision to attack my rapist. Beyond giving victims their power back, actions like mine serve as warnings to former, current, and future rapists. People like Sean believe they can get away with assault because our legal system has imposed a culture of silence around sexual violence. Our society is swarming with rape apologists.

I will never apologize, even when it means being insulted, abandoned, or condemned for my actions. I burned my white flag a long time ago.

This story is for the survivors who feel silenced. I promise you still have a voice inside of you.



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Duncan Lewis Solicitors:

Overview

Our motto is “We give people a voice”. As Solicitors serving the people we represent over 20,000 new clients a year in offices across London and in most of the major cities in the UK. We therefore take our motto very seriously indeed and do our utmost to listen to your problems first and then try our best to speak out on your behalf. We are your voice in the Courts of Justice throughout the UK.

Our solicitors and lawyers actually do care about you and are committed to providing the best possible service to you in the most caring and careful manner. Yes, we are the largest legal aid providers in the UK and yes, we have specialists solicitors in: Divorce & Childcare, Crime & Fraud, Civil Liberties & Human rights, Housing, Immigration, Litigation, Mental Health and Personal Injury, Professional Negligence, Professional Regulation, Public Law but our solicitors and lawyers are not just academic specialists – they are solicitors who combine a deep knowledge of the law and its practical application to you with a firm belief in your right to legal aid and to a committed representation throughout your matter. Our solicitors place service to the public above all else and are able to advise on the best possible course of funding in the event you do not qualify for legal aid. Our rates are competitive and we can also explore the opportunity to fund your case on a fixed fee, through insurance and or on a no win no fee.

When you come to Duncan Lewis you come to a place where there are over 325 qualified solicitors (most of whom are Law Society Panel accredited or equivalent), over 355, trainee solicitors, legal executives, barristers and support staff who are willing to take the time to listen to your problem, evaluate it correctly in terms of the law and where possible to speak out on your behalf and present your point of view in the best light and achieve legal remedies which correctly and properly address your problem.

Our solicitors will always give of their best and will always try just that little bit harder on your behalf. Our solicitors are here to listen, help and to give you a voice. Duncan Lewis has the Law Society Lexcel, Investors in People Gold Standard quality marks and is also recognised as a top tier law firm and ranked and recommended as a leading law firm in 10 legal practices nationwide in Legal 500 2015 edition and recognised as a leading law firm in Chambers UK 2016.

Legal 500 – what they say about us

Duncan Lewis has received nationwide recognition for its excellence. The Legal 500 2016 Edition continues to rank Duncan Lewis Solicitors as a recommended law firm across 10 legal departments in London, the Midlands, Wales and UK-wide. The current 2016 edition recognises our specialisms in the following areas: Asylum, Immigration & Human Rights; Business Immigration; Social Housing; Criminal Defence; Family, Matrimonial & Childcare; Court of Protection/Mental Capacity; and Public Law Civil Liberties Judicial Review claimant matters. The 2016 Edition has also recommended 16 Duncan Lewis lawyers.

Duncan Lewis received its first “Top Tier” Ranking award for its London Immigration Human Rights practice and also maintained its “Top Tier” status for Immigration Human Rights work in Wales.

For nearly 30 years the Legal 500 legal directory has been an independent worldwide client’s guide to the best law firms and lawyers, which analyses the capabilities of law firms worldwide with a comprehensive research programme heavily focused on peer and client feedback. Used commercially by companies and clients, the series is widely renowned for its definitive judgment of law firm capabilities.

Human Rights Immigration (London); Top-Tier firm 2016

“Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ ‘dynamic and very well-organised’ group specialises in acting for clients in judicial review proceedings before the High Court, as well as handling Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal cases… Clients recommend the ‘hardworking’ Adam Tear, ‘knowledgeable’ James Packer and ‘genuine star’ Toufique Hossain.” – 2016 Edition.

“Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ ‘very good’ team has a strong track record representing SME clients on business immigration, and a stellar reputation for handling test cases…” – 2015 Edition.

“The ‘very good’ Duncan Lewis Solicitors is valued for its ‘commitment’ to clients, especially in human rights…” – 2014 Edition

Human Rights Immigration (Wales); Top-Tier firm 2015

– “Duncan Lewis Solicitors has ‘an excellent grasp of immigration and asylum law’. Vinita Templeton and Vanessa Delgado are ‘both deeply committed to their clients’ interests’, with Templeton being a specialist in immigration judicial review claims. The ‘thorough and conscientious’ Sian Pearce is also recommended.” – 2016 Edition

“Specialist immigration firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors is renowned for asylum and human rights work…” – 2015 Edition.

Human Rights Immigration (East Midlands)

– “At Duncan Lewis Solicitors, Sangita Shah regularly advises on immigration and asylum matters, and is commended for her ‘passion’ for her work.” – 2016 Edition

Business Immigration (London)

“… The team advises SMEs on compliance and sponsorship licence applications under the PBS. Clients recommend Ayan Yalchin and Vicash Ramkissoon.” – 2016 Edition

Fraud: White-Collar Crime (London)

“Praised for his ‘great client care’, Hardeep Dhaliwal leads the team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, which recently acted in a £1m computer scam bank fraud case.” – 2014 Edition.

Family & Childcare (London)

“Duncan Lewis Solicitors has particular expertise representing divorce abuse victims under legal aid and have niche experience in Islamic divorce. Adeeba Naseem is extremely helpful.” – 2016 Edition.

“Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a very large legal aid practice, and is an ‘undoubted force in international children law’. Aina Khan specialises in Islamic divorce.”. – 2015 Edition.

Administrative & Public Law (London)

“At Duncan Lewis Solicitors, Toufique Hossain is a ‘genuine star’ for challenges in the immigration and civil liberties space.” – 2016 Edition

“James Packer and solicitor Toufique Hossain are key names at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, which has particular experience advising on immigration and civil liberties challenges.” – 2015 Edition.

Housing – Social Tenant (London)

“Duncan Lewis Solicitors have a young and energetic team that includes the very approachable Dianne Cowie and Subbiah Sivapunniyam, who specialises in possession actions. With several offices across London, its ‘tentacles spread out far beyond the reaches of traditional firms’ in this sector.” – 2016 Edition

“Duncan Lewis Solicitors expanded with the hire of Dianne Cowie (‘an excellent litigator with a wealth of experience’) from Fisher Meredith in 2015. The team attracts praise for its ‘forward thinking approach’ and standout expertise in possession and unlawful eviction cases. Practice head Subbiah Sivapunniyam is ‘courteous but forceful in raising issues on behalf of clients’. Solicitors James de Vere Moss and Bernadette Sylvester are also recommended.” – 2015 Edition.

Housing – Social Tenant (Wales)

“Headed by Heather Iqbal Rayner, Duncan Lewis Solicitors represents vulnerable individuals in a wide variety of cases against housing associations including disputes relating to anti-social behaviour and unlawful eviction cases. The team’s litigation expertise also includes judicial review challenges against public authorities.” – 2016 Edition

“Duncan Lewis Solicitors represents vulnerable tenants involved in possession and unlawful eviction cases. Heather Iqbal Rayner heads the team.” – 2015 Edition.

Court of Protection / Mental Capacity (London)

“Duncan Lewis Solicitors specialises in cases that overlap between mental health/capacity issues and deprivation of liberty safeguards. Angela Smith and Ravinder Brar are highly competent.” – 2016 Edition

“Duncan Lewis Solicitors specialises in cases that overlap mental health and capacity, and deprivation of liberty safeguards. Angela Smith keeps her clients ‘very well informed and always goes that extra mile” – 2015 Edition.

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Now providing family attorney representation in Kirkland, Bellevue, Renton and Tacoma in addition to Seattle

Divorce Lawyer in Seattle, Washington

At Seattle Family Lawyers. we specialize in family law cases. If you or someone close to you is in going through a family dispute that needs to be settled in court, you may need the assistance of an experienced lawyer. At our law firm you will be partnered with a compassionate attorney who will work hard to resolve your issue and help you to get a satisfactory judgment.

Seattle Family Law Firm Overview

There are several different types of cases that are best dealt with by having a family lawyer. Some examples include but are not limited to:

  • Divorce
    • Amicable Divorce – Parties usually can come to a mutual agreement of terms.
    • Contested Divorce – The parties can not agree and litigation may be required.
  • Child Custody – This is a very difficult area. Each parent or guardian may feel that they are the best guardian for the child. The courts will have to decide the best custody situation for the child.
  • Property Division – This occurs in a divorce or other domestic separation.
  • Professional Divorce – If you are getting a divorce and you own a business that you need to protect, you need to work it out in the divorce settlement.
  • Parenting Plan Modification – If there are children in the family. A family plan must be established.
  • Relocation – Washington laws are very strict when it comes to relocating a child. You need to speak with an experienced Seattle family lawyer before making a move.
  • Paternity Action – If paternity is in question, an experienced Seattle family lawyer is crucial to assist you in your paternity case.
  • Domestic Partnership Dissolution – Ending a domestic partnership is just like getting a divorce. Depending on the length and the type of relationship, divorce rules may apply.

Contact A Seattle Family Lawyer Today

If any of these cases apply to you or someone you know, don’t hesitate to get the attorney representation that you need. Do not be discouraged. Call us for an initial consultation and provide you with the legal guidance you need.

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