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HOWSON LAW
JENIFER HOWSON

415 PINE STREET
MOUNT VERNON WA 98273
(360) 336-8722

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HOWSON LAW

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Jenifer Howson

Jenifer is a graduate of the University of Washington and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She has practiced criminal law exclusively since 1990.

Jenifer is a member of the Federal Bar and a sustaining member of the WACDL (Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers).

In 1997 Jenifer opened Howson Law Office in Mount Vernon, where she has handled every type of criminal case from minor traffic offenses to murder. She currently expertly manages a caseload of DUI, felony, and domestic violence matters, as well as cases involving juveniles. She enjoys an excellent reputation as a skilled advocate for her clients throughout Skagit County as well as several neighboring counties.

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Firm Overview

Howson Law Office is a two-lawyer firm specializing in the representation of persons accused of crimes in SKAGIT COUNTY ranging from minor traffic offenses to serious felonies. We handle all matters where a violation of the criminal law is alleged including those filed in Municipal, District, Juvenile, and Superior Courts. We offer a particular emphasis on DUI charges and unlawful search and seizure(drug charges) and related driving offenses. All clients get the benefit of two highly skilled attorneys working every angle of their case. With over 60 years experience between this husband and wife team approach,  each client will notice the custom aggressive, cutting edge representation.

    All Felonies & Misdemeanors
 
    Theft - Burglary - Assault
 
    Drug Charges - DUI 

    Juvenile Offenses 

    Domestic Violence

    Reinstatement of driver's licenses

    DOL Hearings

    Deferred prosecutions

    Search and seizure issues

    Traffic infractions

    Restoration of firearms rights

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Jenifer Howson

Jenifer is a graduate of the University of Washington and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She has practiced criminal law exclusively since 1990.

Jenifer is a member of the Federal Bar and a sustaining member of the WACDL (Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers).

In 1997 Jenifer opened Howson Law Office in Mount Vernon, where she has handled every type of criminal case from minor traffic offenses to murder. She currently expertly manages a caseload of DUI, felony, and domestic violence matters, as well as cases involving juveniles. She enjoys an excellent reputation as a skilled advocate for her clients throughout Skagit County as well as several neighboring counties.

Jenifer is an avid Mariners fan.

Roy Howson

Roy has practiced criminal law exclusively for thirty years. He began his career with 10 years service as a deputy prosecutor in King County where he tried many "high profile" cases. He left that office in 1979 to become a defense attorney and again was often involved in notorious cases, including one matter which resulted in the temporary abolishment of the death penalty in Washington State.

Roy is a member of NACDL (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) and a patron member of WACDL (Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers). As such, Roy is consistently sought out by other lawyers for his expertise on search and seizure issues. He is considered by his peers to be one of the best trial attorneys in the Northwest.

In 1999 Roy joined his wife, Jenifer, in her Mount Vernon office. Roy and Jenifer now work together on every matter, taking great pride in offering each client two experienced attorneys dedicated to his or her case.

Roy is an avid flyfisherman and Mariners fan.

Our office staff consists of two full-time employees: Pat Stevenson, our office manager/paralegal and Stan Gerity, our paralegal.

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Services

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Services We Offer

 It is extremely important to see an attorney within 2-3 days of receiving a ticket, complaint, or charging document from either the police or the prosecutor's office. The best way to accomplish this is to call our office at 360-336-8722 immediately to speak with an attorney and/or schedule a FREE CONSULTATION.   
     
  We represent clients facing:  
      
      
     All Felonies & Misdemeanors
 
     Theft - Burglary - Assault
 
     Drug Charges - DUI 
     Juvenile Offenses 
     Domestic Violence
     Reinstatement of driver's licenses
     DOL Hearings
     Deferred prosecutions
     Search and seizure issues
     Traffic infractions
     Restoration of firearms rights
      
  For your convenience, you may fill out this form and bring it to your first appointment. You will need Adobe's free Acrobat Reader to open this file. You may get the free reader here.

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FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions and Court Information Sheets  
     
  Court Information Sheets - the content of these information sheets was provided by the Skagit County District Court. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Free Reader to view PDF files. You may download the free reader here.   
     
  DUI Information - in MS Word format and PDF   
  Mandatory Penalty Offenses - in MS Word format and PDF  
  Notice to All Defendants - in MS Word format and PDF  
  Hoja De Informacion De DUI - in MS Word format and PDF  
     
     
  DUI Licensing Facts  
     
  It is a crime to drive an automobile on the public highways of the State of Washington with an alcohol concentration at or above the legal limit. The legal limit in the State of Washington is "0.08." This is a very low standard, considering that the average person can reach the legal limit with only a couple of drinks Despite this legal limit, you must also keep in mind that you can be arrested for and convicted of DUI at an alcohol concentration below the legal limit, as long as the prosecution can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that your ability to drive was affected to any appreciable degree.   
     
  Many people believe that they have satisfied their obligation to give a breath sample by blowing into the portable breath test device that is commonly given by the police officer at the scene of the traffic stop. This misconception is a serious mistake.  
      
  The Law is satisfied only when you blow into the breath test machine that is located at a police station. Refusing to submit to the portable breath test machine will not impact your driver's license BUT refusing to submit to the breath test machine at the police station will result in serious licensing consequences and may adversely impact the defense of the DUI charge.  
     
  A driver who refuses to take a breath test faces a number of adverse consequences. The most serious is a one-year license revocation for a first refusal within seven years, or a two-year license revocation for a second or subsequent refusal within seven years. There is no possibility of getting an occupational license. The fact that a person "refused" is admissible in the DUI trial. The prosecutor can, and usually does, argue that the reason the driver refused testing was because the defendant knew he or she was drunk and would fail the test. Additionally, a test refusal can increase the fine and jail sentence of a person convicted of DUI as well as result in additional and longer license suspensions based on the conviction.   
     
  Since many arrested for DUI have never faced the dilemma of having to decide whether to take an official breath or blood test, it is in your best interest to exercise your Constitutional Right to speak with an attorney to discuss your legal options prior to deciding to giving a breath test, regardless of the time, day or night.    

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Location

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Howson Law Office Location
   
  We are conveniently located in downtown Mt. Vernon, Washington, just a few blocks from the Skagit County Courthouse.
You can get a printable map here. Please call for directions. 
   
  Our address is:
  Howson Law Office
  410 Myrtle Street
   Mt. Vernon, WA 98273
   
  You can reach us by phone:
  360-336-8722
   
  or call toll-free
  800-DUI-ATTORNEY
  800-564-8890
   
  Fax
  360-336-0987

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Jenifer Howson
jhowson@howsonlaw.com

Roy Howson
rhowson@howsonlaw.com

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Expungement & Record Sealing

EXPUNGING / VACATING CONVICTIONS, SEALING RECORDS, AND RESTORING FIREARM RIGHTS

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The Howson Law Office represents individuals who wish to vacate convictions, seal Juvenile Court records, and/or restore firearm rights for matters which occurred in Skagit County Washington. “Vacating” a conviction is sometimes referred to as “expunging.”  

Not all convictions can be vacated and not all people are eligible to vacate a conviction, seal a record, or restore firearm rights, so it is first necessary to determine a person’s eligibility. Once it has been determined that the person is completely eligible to apply for the requested relief, a petition is created with a certification (sworn document) to be signed by the client.  The matter is then set for hearing.  

NOTE:  Convictions for Sex Offenses, Class “A” felonies, or for DUI may not be vacated. However, an offense reduced from a DUI such as Negligent Driving in the First Degree may be vacated after 10 years. There are certain other offenses which also may not be vacated.  

Firearm Rights may not be restored if the conviction was for a Class “A” felony or for a “Sex Offense.”


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