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Vitaliy Kertchen

Expungement Attorney at Tacoma, WA

4.9   160 reviews
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Vitaliy

Learn Vitaliy’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Expungement
    50%
    Expunging criminal records.

    12 years, 7,500 cases

  2. Gun Law
    50%
    Restoring firearm rights, fixing background checks, appealing denials, terminating protection orders, defending against gun charges and everything else.

    12 years, 7,500 cases

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.

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Location

Kertchen Law
917 S 10th St
Tacoma, WA, 98405

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  160 customer reviews
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Posted by Daniel | December 18, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Easy and Fast! A+
My cousin recommended Mr. Kertchen over his father-in-law that's a 30+ attorney. My cousin was right! This was fast and easy. It took 7-8 weeks and the communication was great. I'm now recommending Mr. Kertchen to anyone that needs their gun rights restored.
Posted by JONATHAN | August 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Upfront, honest and fast
My last actual felony convictions even though 6-20 years had passed were keeping me from entering Canada /Alaska legally...aa a truck driver those were $1000 a day losses..Not to mention my 2A rights being lost... 1 call to Kertchen Law 2 minutes, 1 return call from VK 10 minutes, 1 later call from me to move forward, 5 minutes half payment , a week later fee paid in full, a short time later..I was legal to enter Canada ,buy a Gun and later a CPL .well worth the time and money
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Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Restored firearm rights
Mr. Kertchen was able to get my rights restored quickly and for a reasonable price.
Posted by Matthew | August 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super easy. Not a scam!
Vitaliy responded to my request almost immediately. He informed me it was possible to have my firearms rights restored. I was a little nervous about paying over the internet and the simplicity of hiring him but he sent a contract and a link to pay. I’m used to extremely slow and drawn out processes when dealing with attorneys.. Vitaliy however, was very professional and quick. He discovered I needed to pay a fine that I still owed to the county so I paid them and sent him the receipt. Again, he responded almost immediately and took care of everything. I now have the ability to legally protect myself and my family after twenty plus years. I’m so grateful for Vitaliy and his team. If you’re considering having your rights restored, or any other service he offers, just hire him. Now. You will absolutely not regret it.
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Posted by Mark | May 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Kertchen Law restored my gun rights
Vitaliy did exactly what he promised. He was even able to get some of my fines reversed. I'm very happy with the outcome.
Posted by Paul | January 30, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Paul Degolier
Had my juvenile records sealed. Kertchen was very professional and up front about time of process and cost. Would highly recommend to anyone.
Posted by Brian | October 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gun rights restoration
Hired Kertchen to facilitate gun restoration. Very professional. Kept me informed along the way. Very satisfied. Will recommend and use again.
Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Vitally Kertchen Gets Results
I hired Vitally to get my gun rights back after being without for several years. And he came thru for me! Up to this point no one had been able to get it done. I'm happy I am able to protect myself legally again. Highly recommend his services. Thanks Vitally!
Posted by NANCY | August 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
GUN RIGHTS BACK
I HIRED MR. KERTCHEN TO GET MY GUN RIGHTS RESTORED. HE DID AN EXCELLENT JOB AND HAD MY GUNRIGHT RESTORED IN HARDLY NO TIME AT ALL! HE DID EVERY THING I ASK AND I FOLLOWED HIS INSTRUCTIONS AND BOOM!! GOT MY GUN RIGHTS RESTORED. VERY HAPPY ABOUT THIS!!
Posted by Ron | August 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Finally
Awesome experience. A very no nonsense approach to restoring your firearm rights. Quick and to the point. If you want your rights back this is the firm you want
Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I'm able to carry a firearm now
Extremely fast turnaround. Nice to talk to on phone. I feel it's Little expensive. But again well worth it.
Posted by Justin | July 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hands ,down the best lawyer money can buy!!
Vitaliy kertchen did something that previous lawyers could not, He did exactly what he said he would do and that was taking my case and coming out on top. I'm not going to lie I had my doughts at first but when we went to court he absolutely blew my mind the way he handled it. the man is the real deal and I would highly recommend vitaliy kertchen to anyone who has legal problems or needs council. he's the best lawyer money can buy he's up front and gets the job done.. five star all the way...
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Thank You for getting my life back!
He helped me get my gun rights Returned along with getting my felony vacated. He made it easy! Thank you very much!!!
Posted by Seth | June 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
He and his staff efficiently did exactly what they said they would do. I am very thankful for their services! Highly recommend
Posted by Veronica | June 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Felony conviction vacated!
I am beyond satisfied... I'm highly impressed and so very pleased! I hired Vitaliy Kertchen to vacate/dismiss a drug possession felony conviction I've had since 2012. He was very professional and highly efficient. He sent me the final paperwork with a favorable outcome even faster than I was told. I would recommend his services to anyone who needs an honest and expedient attorney who gets things done right!
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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great service
Sealed my record in a timely fashion answered all my questions whenever I had any was a pleasure to work with Will and highly recommend to work with.
Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Work
I hired Mr. Kertchen based off numerous 5 star reviews and a price point that was very affordable. He performed admirably, reviewing every aspect of my case to ensure the greatest chance of success, even requesting the entire case file to confirm all aspects of my case had been resolved. After we moved forward he said it would take 60 days but it was actually accomplished much quicker than that. This is a life-changing service at an affordable price. You really have very little to lose by having him look at your case and everything to gain. I highly recommend Vitaliy Kertchen
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Posted by Konrad | March 29, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Service
Couldn’t have asked for a better service. Fast and efficient! Price comps well for area. Would recommend to family and friends.
Posted by Roy | March 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gunrights restored!!!
Super quick and simple to get my rights restored. He knew what he was talking about and I did all through email. I am now a felon who has a concealed carry permit because Mr kertchen helped me restore my rights.
Posted by Jacob | March 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
GETS THE JOB DONE!
If you think you’re going to get ripped off because it’s online and a lot of money, this should help you. It’s real, gets the job done, and worth the pay.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Kertchen Law
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Smith & White
  • 2012 - 2013

Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2012
  • Central Washington University
  • B.S.
  • 2008

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. S.T.
  • Felony vacated and firearm rights restored.
  • 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.
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Associations

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Solo and Small Practice Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2016 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association Small and Solo Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Bar #45183
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Public Service Award
  • GU Law SBA
  • 2012
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • 2012
  • Dean's List
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • 2012
  • Cum Laude
  • Central Washington University
  • 2008
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Publications

  • Defense Magazine (WACDL)
  • Gun Law Update
  • 2017
  • WACDL
  • DUI Newsletter: Challenging the Per Se Prong of I-502
  • 2014
  • Defense Magazine (WACDL)
  • Vacation and Expungement and Sealing, Oh My!
  • 2014
  • Defense Magazine (WACDL)
  • Suppressing Breath Tests, Blood Tests, and Refusals
  • 2014
  • WACDL
  • DUI Newsletter: DUI Cases: A Year in Review
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Gun Law in Washington (Tacoma)
  • Gun Law in Washington
  • 2017
  • Gun Law in Washington (Spokane)
  • Gun Law in Washington
  • 2016
  • Gun Law in Washington (Seattle)
  • Gun Law in Washington
  • 2016
  • 7 Keys to a 21st Century Law Practice
  • Digital Signatures
  • 2016
  • Pierce County DAC
  • Post-conviction Relief
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (32)
Given (9)
Endorse Vitaliy
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vitaliy is a very knowledgeable and skilled attorney. He is a frequent contributor on the Washington Association of Criminal Lawyers where he consistently offers his expertise to help other lawyers with their legal questions. His help always thorough and thoughtful. When I have questions on a case, I turn to Vitaliy because I trust his analysis and know that he is a strong attorney. If you need help with a criminal or an expungement issue in Tacoma Vitaliy is a great choice."
Expungement Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I routinely refer clients to Mr. Kertchen for complicated vacates. His knowledge of the law is clear."
Expungement Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Expungement Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Discrimination Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been reading his posts to clients about criminal law and every single one has been correct and helpful. He really knows his area of expertise and I am pleased to offer my congratulations and endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vitaliy is a fine attorney who is dedicated to his clients and works tirelessly for successful results. I have no hesitation when endorsing him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kertchen has exceptionally thorough knowledge of our criminal justice system. I endorse him without hesitation."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A highly respected member of the legal community. My full endorsement."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The time a lawyer spends giving back through sites like this show passion for the law and compassion for people. Kudos to you for helping others with sage advice."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Other
"Well respected in the community and known for effective advocacy for clients!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this Vitaliy. Contributions are great as are endorsements. Reviews really tell the story. READ THEM! If you are looking for a great DUI attorney you have arrived."
Appeals Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. His statements are always based in law and helpful to clients."
General practice Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vitaliy's attention to detail and capacity for creative problem solving make him a very capable attorney."
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