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May 2019 Archives

What Are DUI Mandatory Minimums?

All adult DUI convictions, including non-felony misdemeanor convictions, in Washington State carry mandatory minimum penalties. These mandatory minimums come from the legislature and generally can be found in the Revised Code of Washington 46.61.5055. When the legislature amends these penalties, the Washington State Court system drafts a quick reference sheet.

Dealing with divorce as an entrepreneur

The divorce process can be extremely difficult for some people, such as those who are dealing with other stressful matters in their personal and professional lives. For example, entrepreneurs who have recently started a business or plan to launch their business soon may have an especially tough time working through the process of divorce. There are many issues for entrepreneurs to consider, not only from a financial point of view but with regard to custody matters if they have kids and various ways in which life can change due to divorce.

Pushing the Limits: Alcohol and Marijuana DUI's

Washington State DUI laws have a legal limit for alcohol .08. Over the last 100 years there has been a lot of research linking alcohol consumption to physical and mental impairment. Did you know a few years ago Washington State DUI laws added a legal limit for marijuana intoxication? That limit is 5 ng of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the chemical responsible for most of the impairing effects of marijuana. Compared to alcohol there is significantly less research on the quantity of THC in one's blood that is necessary to impair physical and/or mental functions.

Detailing exceptions to at-will employment

Most working professionals in Spokane likely feel secure that as long as they fulfill the basic expectations of their employment, their employers cannot fire them. Yet that assumption may seem contrary to the philosophy of at-will employment (which the state of Washington subscribes to). Basically, if one is an at-will employee, their employer can discharge them without needing to have a legitimate reason. While this might seem to empower employers to fire workers indiscriminately, there are exceptions to the assumption of at-will employment

How will the custody of my kids be determined?

As a parent who is going through divorce, a couple of your biggest concerns may be who your child will live with and how often you will be able to see your child. In many states a child custody award will determine where a child lives. However, in Washington, a parenting plan is used to govern how your child will spend his or her time.

What should you know about living with a spinal cord injury?

Due to motor vehicle accidents, sports or recreation injuries, or any other number of factors, the spinal cord or the nerves at the end of the spinal canal may be damaged, resulting in spinal cord injuries. Like others in Washington who have suffered spinal cord injuries, you may be uncertain about the prognosis and unsure of your future. Therefore, it may be helpful to understand how your life may be affected by a spinal cord injury.

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