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Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and “Maximum Medical Improvement”

By Ember Law  |  August 5, 2019

Many Washington drivers have PIP as part of their car insurance coverage.  Generally, PIP pays for medical treatment and lost wages, regardless of whether or not you’re at fault.  Washington law regulates when insurance providers can terminate PIP benefits.  According to WAC 284-30-395(1), an insurer can only deny claims if they are not (1) reasonable, (2) necessary, (3) related, or...

DUI & Physical Control Probation

By Ember Law  |  August 1, 2019

Courts impose a number of mandatory and case-specific conditions on a defendant when ordering probation.  Some require affirmative acts – such as getting a drug and alcohol evaluation, completing recommended treatment, and participating in a victim impact panel.  Other conditions are prohibitive – do not refuse a valid request for breath or blood to determine alcohol concentration, do not drive...

What Information Do I Have to Give to the Police?

By Ember Law  |  July 3, 2019

When a police officer contacts a driver, RCW 46.61.020 requires the driver to cooperate with law enforcement, specifically by giving his or her name, address, and the name and address of the owner of the vehicle.  Drivers must also produce, upon request, the vehicle registration, insurance card, and their driver’s license.  The registration must be signed by the registered owner and in...

Washington Restraining Orders

By Ember Law  |  July 3, 2019

Clients and potential clients frequently have questions about restraining orders, and whether their circumstances entitle them to receive the protection afforded by such an order.  In Washington, courts can issue different types of restraining orders, depending on the circumstances, to prevent contact.  Contact includes not only personal contact, but also phone calls & text messages, emails, social media, or through...

Physical Control – DUI Without the Driving

By Ember Law  |  July 3, 2019

Washington imposes DUI-like penalties when one operates a motor vehicle, even if that person isn’t actively driving.  Defendants are often charged with Physical Control when they alleged to be intoxicated and in a stationary vehicle. What is Physical Control? “Physical Control” is not defined by statute.  Our courts have determined one to be in Physical Control when they are “in...

Vacating Misdemeanor or Gross Misdemeanor Convictions in Washington

By Ember Law  |  July 3, 2019

Expunction. Expungement. Vacating.  Call it what you will, but Washington law only permits the vacation of some misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor convictions.  I have set forth the following to help clarify your understanding.  If you are seeking to have a conviction vacated, make sure to speak to an attorney to determine if you qualify. Vacating a conviction releases you from all...