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Facing Criminal Charges? Hire Padula & Associates, LLC to Defend You

Posted Friday, July 28, 2017 by Lizanne Padula.

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If you are facing criminal charges, your life and freedom are on the line. Hiring the right attorney to defend you is critical. As Padula & Associates, LLC we understand what is at stake, and we will zealously defend you against any criminal charges filed against you.

I can’t thank you enough. You were a true warrior in the courtroom – you stood up for what you passionately believe in.” – Stephanie

Hire Padula & Associates, LLC to Defend You

When you hire our firm you will work directly with your attorney. You will not be pushed off to a case manager, left to wonder what is going on in your case.

Lizanne Padula, Founding Partner, is a former Prosecutor. She served as the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Franklin, Clallam, and Jefferson counties. Through the course of her career with the State, Lizanne acquired extensive experience as a criminal trial attorney. As a Prosecutor, her case load included DUI cases, Domestic Violence cases, Drug offenses, and Homicide cases.

Lizanne’s work as a Prosecutor gives her special insight into how the Prosecutor in your case operates. She knows the tactics the government uses when bringing criminal charges. Her experience affords her insider information that greatly benefits her ability to build a strong defense against any criminal charges you are facing. We invite you to learn more about Lizanne here.

I feel so privileged to have had you in my corner - fighting so hard to get my freedom returned to me.” – Linda

Types of Criminal Cases We Defend

Below are some of the criminal charges we routinely defend. We are prepared to vigorously defend you against any State or Federal criminal charge. Contact us 425-883-3366 for a free consultation to discuss how we can help you.

• DUI Defense

• Misdemeanor and Felony Assaults

• Misdemeanor and Felony Theft

• Domestic Violence

• Harassment

• Defending Against a Petition for A No Contact Order

• Violating a No Contact Order

• Vehicular Assault or Vehicular Homicide

• Sex Crimes

• Gun Crimes and Other Weapons Related Charges

• Arson

• Burglary & Trespassing

• Fraud

• Any and All Misdemeanor or Felony Criminal Charges

The skilled attorneys at Padula & Associates, LLC can help you fight the charges that have been filed against you. We answer the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We offer free consultations. Call us 24/7 at 425-883-3366 or contact us on the web to schedule your fee consultation today.

Our firm handles State and Federal criminal cases throughout Washington State, including King County and Snohomish County.

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Getting DUI Charges Reduced to Lesser Charges

Posted Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by Lizanne Padula.

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In Washington State there are mandatory minimum penalties for any DUI conviction, including a first time offense. The penalties are based on blood alcohol concentration, whether there was refusal to take a breath test, and other factors. You can review the State’s penalty schedule here.

Between the minimum penalties and the long-term consequences of having a DUI on your record, there is compelling reason to do everything possible to get DUI charges reduced to lesser charges. There are a number of ways to successfully get the charges reduced. In fact, most of the DUI cases we handle at Padula & Associates, LLC are reduced to lesser charges or dismissed entirely.

Understand that every case is different. An experienced DUI defense attorney will be able to evaluate the evidence against you and pinpoint the weaknesses in the Prosecution’s case that can be leveraged in negotiations. For example, it may be possible to weaken the case against you by showing evidentiary issues in the State’s case, such as a malfunctioning breathalyzer machine or other problems with how or when your blood alcohol concentration was tested. Or, it may be possible to demonstrate that the evidence is somehow tainted or inadmissible. If we can show police misconduct, a DUI checkpoint carried out unlawfully, an unlawful stop, or other violations of your rights, then the Prosecutor may be compelled to reduce the charges rather than risk losing at trial or having the case dismissed by the court.

Not every DUI can be beat, but we are able to eliminate or reduce most of them. Hiring an experienced DUI defense attorney can help you get the best possible outcome in your case. Come meet with us for a free consultation to explore how we can help you. Our attorneys have outstanding reputations. Lizanne Padula is a tireless negotiator and a tenacious litigator. Padula & Associates, LLC will fiercely advocate on your behalf. For more than 20 years we have proudly defended the rights of people in King County, Snohomish County, and Washington State.

Call us 24/7 at 425-883-3366 of fill out this simple web form to schedule a free consultation with an experienced DUI defense attorney.

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Fight Against A Protection Order, Washington State Criminal Defense

Posted Monday, July 24, 2017 by Lizanne Padula.

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If you have been served with a Petition for a No Contact Order (commonly known as a “restraining order”) it is critical that you defend yourself against the court issuing that order. When a Petition is filed against you then you are the “respondent,” and you have the right to hire an attorney to represent you at the hearing. You want to fight against any protective order being issued against you for a number of reasons.

How A No Contact Order Can Affect You

No contact orders go on your record and can have an adverse effect on your ability to obtain employment, to travel into Canada and other countries, and your ability to carry a firearm. Do not mistakenly assume that a protective order will have little or minimal effect on your life.

Violating A Protective Order Can Lead to Criminal Charges

Violation of a protection order is difficult to defend against. Proof that the order was properly served on you and proof of contact is typically all that is needed to prove a violation. If you successfully fight the issuance of the protective order, you can spare yourself the need to defend against later criminal charges for violating the order.

You do not have to make direct contact to be in violation of a protective order. Violations can occur through electronic contact, via social media, or even through a third person. Also, it is not a defense that the protected person initiated or allowed the contact.

Understand What You Are Prohibited From Doing

Is there is a protective order issued against you, make sure you understand what you’re allowed to do and what you are prohibited from doing under the order. If you need help understanding a protective order, defending against one, or defending against an alleged violation of a protective order, we can help.

Defending Against a Petition for a No Contact Order

Padula & Associates, LLC suggests a vigorous defense and we have successfully fended off hundreds of these petitions for our clients. Do not take a petition for a protection order lightly.

You need the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney to maximize your chance of defending against a protection order. There may be an effective procedural way to successfully challenge the issuance of the order. The skilled attorneys at Padula & Associates, LLC can defend your rights and help you fight for a just resolution. We proudly serve those in King County, Snohomish County, and Washington State.

Call us 24/7 at 425-883-3366, email us at info@paduladefense.com, or fill out our online free consultation form today.  

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Theft of Less Than $5,000 Is A Felony, Punishable by Up To 10 Years In Prison

Posted Thursday, July 20, 2017 by Lizanne Padula.

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Washington State law defines theft as: “To wrongfully obtain or exert unauthorized control over the property or services of another or the value thereof, with intent to deprive him or her of such property or services,” including by deception, and by appropriation of misdelivered goods or services. (RCW 9A.56.020). Essentially theft is taking someone else’s property with the intent to deprive them of it.

As with many crimes in Washington State, theft has three degrees. Theft in the third degree is a gross misdemeanor, but theft in the first and second degrees are felonies.

Theft of Less Than $5,000 Is A Felony, Punishable by Up To 10 Years In Prison

Second degree theft, which is theft of property or services worth more than $750 but less than $5,000 (excluding theft of firearms and motor vehicles - those fall under their own statutes) is a Class C felony. This means that if you are convicted of stealing less than $5,000 worth of property or services, you could be facing as much as 5 years in prison, as well as fines up to $10,000.

Washington State judges use a sentencing grid (RCW 9.94A.510) in determining the length of imprisonment. The sentencing grid accounts for various factors in the case, including the type of crime and the number of prior convictions, if any, a person has on their record.

Theft charges are serious and can carry hefty punishment. You need a fierce criminal defense attorney to mount a strong defense for you. A criminal defense attorney will be proficient at identifying the weaknesses in the Prosecution’s case against you and leveraging them in negotiations. Therefore, calling an experienced Washington criminal defense attorney should be your first step in fighting the felony theft allegations against you.

Were you arrested for theft? The skilled attorneys at Padula & Associates, LLC know how important it is to defend your rights and can help you fight your charges in court. Our attorneys are experienced in all aspects of criminal defense, and they will help take on allegations of theft with confidence. For more than 20 years, Padula & Associates, LLC has been proudly serving those in King County, Snohomish County, and Washington State.

We answer our phones 24/7 and offer free consultations. Call us 24/7 at 425-883-3366 or fill out our simple web form to schedule your free consultation today.

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What Questions Will I Be Asked During My Alcohol Evaluation?

Posted Monday, July 17, 2017 by Lizanne Padula.

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As we noted in our article Alcohol Evaluation After DUI in Washington State, any person who is convicted of a DUI in Washington State must undergo a mandatory Alcohol Evaluation. Even in cases where DUI charges are reduced to lesser charges, or in any criminal case that involves alcohol or drugs, the court at its discretion can order an Alcohol Evaluation.

The evaluation is designed to determine whether you have a problem with alcohol. It isn’t uncommon for people to worry about the evaluation process. It can be stressful, so let’s review some questions that are characteristic of the types of questions you could be asked so that you can feel prepared. The following are to be answered with a simple “yes” or “no.”

• Do you feel you are a normal drinker?

• Have you ever awakened in the morning after some drinking the night before and found that you could not remember a part of the evening?

• Does any near relative or close friend ever worry or complain about your drinking?


• Can you stop drinking without difficulty after one or two drinks?

• Do you ever feel guilty about your drinking?

• Have you ever gotten into physical fights when drinking?


• Have you ever lost friends because of your drinking?


• Have you ever gotten into trouble at work because of drinking?


• Have you ever lost a job because of drinking?


• Do you drink before noon fairly often?

• Have you ever been hospitalized because of drinking?

• Have you been arrested more than once for driving under the influence of alcohol? 
This list of questions is not exhaustive, and represent only the types of questions you may be asked. While the questions may feel invasive, they are straightforward. You may also be required to submit to a drug and alcohol urinalysis screening. After the evaluation is complete, the counselor will prepare a treatment recommendation. A copy is forwarded to the court and the Washington Department of Licensing.

If you are facing charges for a DUI, the skilled attorneys at Padula & Associates, LLC understand how stressful your situation can be, and we will provide you with tenacious defense in court. Our attorneys are experienced in all aspects of criminal defense and will help you fight your charges with confidence. For more than 20 years, Padula & Associates, LLC has been serving the people of King County, Snohomish County, and throughout Washington State with aggressive criminal defense services.

Come meet with us for a free consultation. Call us 24/7 at 425-883-3366, email us at info@paduladefense.com, or fill out our online free consultation form today.

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