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Expungement and firearm rights attorney serving clients all over Washington state. You may be eligible to expunge your criminal record and restore your firearm rights. If you have a criminal past, let me help you get your life back. I have helped many people, and I can help you. Visit my website for more information and contact me for a free consultation.


Languages spoken: Russian, English

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Practice areas


  1. Expungement: 50%
    3 years, 100 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    3 years, 100 cases



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Jennifer M Richards

    I attended law school with Vitaliy and practiced in the same community with him in Washington. He has an excellent reputation in the community. This is probably because Vitaliy is always well prepared and knowledgeable about every aspect of a case when he goes to court. If you want a no-nonsense attorney who will get results, call Vitaliy.


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Contact info

Kertchen Law

705 S 9th St #101
Tacoma, WA, 98405


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top ContributorAvvo2016
Top ContributorAvvo2015
Client's ChoiceAvvo2014
Public Service AwardGU Law SBA2012
Magna Cum LaudeGonzaga University School of Law2012
Dean's ListGonzaga University School of Law2012
Cum LaudeCentral Washington University2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalKertchen Law2013 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of Smith & White2012 - 2013
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States District Court for the Eastern District of WashingtonMember2016 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth CircuitMember2015 - Present
Washington State Bar Association Small and Solo SectionMember2014 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Bar #45183Member2012 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonMember2012 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2012 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. R.R.Felony vacated and firearm rights restored.
State v. M.Z.Relieved of duty to register as sex offender, juvenile record sealed, firearm rights restored.
State v. S.T.Felony vacated and firearm rights restored.
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Publication nameTitleDate
BlogLegally Sound Blog2016
NWSidebarCase Analysis: Second Amendment Does Not Protect Concealed Carry2016
NWSidebarSupreme Court on Use of Refusal to Submit to Field Sobriety Tests: No Clear Holding2016
WACDLDUI Newsletter: Challenging the Per Se Prong of I-5022014
Defense Magazine (WACDL)Vacation and Expungement and Sealing, Oh My!2014
Defense Magazine (WACDL)Suppressing Breath Tests, Blood Tests, and Refusals2014
WACDLDUI Newsletter: DUI Cases: A Year in Review2014
NWSidebarMarijuana and Driving: 2014 Update2014
NWSidebarFriday 5: A Crash Course in Better Citation2013
NWSidebarSCOTUS Approves Use of Pre-Miranda Silence as Evidence of Guilt2013
NWSidebarSCOTUS Gives Green Light to Pre-conviction Warrantless DNA Collection2013
NWSidebarChanges in DUI Laws on the Horizon?2013
NWSidebarSCOTUS Clarifies DUI Blood Draw Warrant Requirement2013
Gonzaga Law ReviewInitiative 692, Now and Then: The Past, Present, and Future of Medical Marijuana in Washington State2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2012
Central Washington UniversityAccountingBS - Bachelor of Science2008
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Gun Laws in Washington (Spokane)Gun Laws in Washington2016
Gun Laws in Washington (Seattle)Gun Laws in Washington2016
7 Keys to a 21st Century Law PracticeDigital Signatures2016
Pierce County DACPost-conviction Relief2015