The need to decriminalize some forms of Theft
201701.13
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The need to decriminalize some forms of Theft

Last year, the Law Office of Chris Van Vechten represented a 22 year old client with no prior criminal history who was charged with stealing $5.99 worth of nail polish from a Walmart in Tacoma.  The client didn’t even make it out of the store before security stopped her…so the merchandise was fully recovered and presumably…

A NEW OFFICE FOR A NEW YEAR
201612.28
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A NEW OFFICE FOR A NEW YEAR

2016 was a big year for the Law Office of Chris Van Vechten, marked by some dramatic successes both inside and out of the courtroom.  The highlight of course was proving the innocence of a 15 year-old-client who was framed for bringing a loaded and cocked semi-automatic pistol to his high school, in a relatively…

Theft in the Third Degree
201609.11
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Theft in the Third Degree

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to represent many wonderful people in horrible situations, and too many of them I’ve represented multiple times.  When I look back on the criminal history of these frequent flyers, it’s clear to me what criminal conviction turned them from law-abiding persons who made a mistake into life-long criminals….

Charged as a Juvenile
201605.17
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Charged as a Juvenile

The Juvenile Justice System is a strange subspecies of the criminal justice system that – for a variety of reasons – only a fraction of defense attorneys venture to try their hand at.   Being charged as a juvenile means that the short term consequences of a conviction (called an “adjudication” within juvenile court lingo)…

Our son was framed, and Chris Van Vechten proved it
201604.02
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Our son was framed, and Chris Van Vechten proved it

Recently, the Law Office of Chris Van Vechten celebrated its biggest win to date: proving that a 15-year-old defendant accused of bringing a gun to Shelton High School in what the media and local politicians described as a foiled school shooting, was in fact framed by a classmate who initially was hailed as the hero…