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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: I was involved in a minor rear end accident, I was at fault. It was at a stop sign and I was three cars back.

I took my eyes of the road and rearended the auto in front of me. I was barely moving, minimal damage. (I had no insurance at this time) I took out my registration, drivers license and business card to give to the driver. She would not roll down her window. She did nod to say she was ok. She... Read more »

Antone Alfred Weber
Antone Alfred Weber answered on Oct 24, 2021

Did you call in and report the accident between when you left the scene and when the officer called you in the evening? If not, why not? By not doing so, you committed hit and run. The policy behind the law is if someone in one vehicle is injured, someone in the other vehicle should summon help.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Employment Law for Washington on
Q: Do I have grounds to sue for defamation of character?

Last year false allegations were made about me and they were determined unfounded by police. I recently quit a job to take another and discovered that the coworkers who had made the false allegations last year worked there. I called my employer and explained what had happened last year. I was then... Read more »

Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane answered on Oct 24, 2021

I am sorry this happened to you. You may have a claim for defamation. Please keep in mind you that the employer may not want to get involved and even deny stating the reason for withdrawing the offer. You should attempt to confirm it in writing in a text or email. In addition, you should... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Washington on
Q: Is it legal to make prints of illustrations within books published before 1924 and sell them online?

I read online that books published before 1924 in the U.S. are in the public domain.

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Oct 23, 2021

Depends. You should consult with an attorney.

Most books have several layers of rights and owners, so even if images are public domain, where the images are may still have property rights.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI, Cannabis & Marijuana Law and Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: Can an opposing party sue my family if I where to get into an accident because I have THC in my system?

I am 18 and have my medical marijuana card. I live in the state Washington. My parents claim that if I were to get into an accident since I would have THC in my system the opposing party could sue my family. Keep in mind I never drive under the influence. I am under there car insurance as well. Is... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 19, 2021

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Until you are able to consult with a local attorney for the most accurate state rules, in many jurisdictions, the claimant will usually go after the vehicle operator and the owner. Those two parties are generally... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for Washington on
Q: Question about overtime.

Hi. I am an archaeological field tech getting paid hourly and working in Washington State. I also receive a daily stipend. I am wondering if I am an exempt from overtime or will I receive it? I just started a new job.

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Oct 19, 2021

More information is needed here, but generally, if you are paid on an hourly basis, you should receive overtime pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 per week.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Washington on
Q: What are my legal rights as a father?

My daughters mom (my ex) will on occasion freak out when it's my weekend with my daughter and will coerce my daughter to say anything she feels justifies her to come over and take my daughter back and threaten me with calling the police etc when I have done nothing. She's done this... Read more »

Stacie Lynn Naczelnik
Stacie Lynn Naczelnik answered on Oct 15, 2021

Your residential time is defined by the parenting plan. Unless the parenting plan says that she can pick your daughter up during your time because your daughter says she wants her to, then she shouldn't be doing this. You should both be following the parenting plan as best you can.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Washington on
Q: If I called police because Of threat of domestic violence, they didnt make arrest but do they file report of the call?

I called police on my husband because I was scared for my life, although there were no visible injuries but I had panic attack, so they didnt make any arrest. Do they file report of the call made without charges being pressed? Or they dismiss it and not keep in record? I need a copy of report if... Read more »

Stacie Lynn Naczelnik
Stacie Lynn Naczelnik answered on Oct 15, 2021

The police will often create an incident report. If you called 911, you can request the call records, but they don't keep them for very long, so you should make that request ASAP. The incident reports will remain available, but you will need to request those records directly from the law... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Arbitration / Mediation Law for Washington on
Q: 5 yr relationship. He cheated & kicked me out. No money but many woman hours into the place heard he bought for me.

Can this fall under the division of a close intimate relationship? If so, is there an attorney willing to help me? I was left homeless and broke on lni. He hired an attorney and fabricated a lie to have me removed. I spent many hours over the past 5 years working on the property we lived in and the... Read more »

Stacie Lynn Naczelnik
Stacie Lynn Naczelnik answered on Oct 15, 2021

It might, but you should probably consult with an attorney who can advise you on whether your circumstances meet the requirements for a Committed Intimate Relationship in WA.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: I have many years of experience with Doctors and undisclosed diagnostics that eventually lead to serious problems

requiring major surgeries. My prexisting condition of MS was very managable until a surgeon claimed to find an L5 fracture. I have since had 4 lumbar surgeries. The first 3 failed, Doctors blamed MS. My Injury was found out of network then corrected on 4/2/19 followed by 2 weeks of acute care. I... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 14, 2021

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. It could be difficult for a non-medical professional to make a call here. I'm very sorry for the pain you are experiencing, but given the long history of treatment and multiple surgeries, it could be difficult... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Washington on
Q: I'm trying to find whom discharged admiralty bonds

I have someone locked up that wants to discharge his admiralty bonds

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 11, 2021

Your question remains open for three weeks, and you may be losing valuable time awaiting a response here. You could reach out to maritime law firms in the Washington area (see the tab above - Find a Lawyer) to discuss. An attorney may want to know more about the events giving rise to any... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Q: Cancelation of removal.

I entered US in May,2013 as a J1 Visa Holder and overstayed visa for almost 9 years. Now I'm married to a husband in same status and have a 2 years old child.

My question is do we have any chance of winning the cancellation of removal if we pass the 10 years, never convicted, clean... Read more »

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko answered on Oct 10, 2021

You may even consider adjusting to LPR is currently married to a USC spouse absent precluding criminal history and having proper admission to the US on a valid J-1.

Discuss jour options further with a reputable immigration counsel.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Washington on
Q: I was arrested and sentenced on a drug charge in California, I live in Washington state. Can new legislature effect me

It was at the Otay border and I took the plea for 36 months. Washington state has basically decriminalized drug possession and I was just wondering if it could effect my case

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Oct 7, 2021

I'm afraid not. The change in WA drug law was a very specific ruling based on the wording of the WA possession statute, which was unique in the country. This change would not affect convictions from any other state or the federal system.

If you want to read more about how the change...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Washington on
Q: I live in Washington state, and my boss is stealing my money from my paycheck.

He’s not giving me my overtime pay as well, when I work 90-100 hrs every 2 weeks. Also when I ask for a pay stub I get nothing from him. This also isn’t just happening to me either. He fired someone for confronting him about it.

Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane answered on Sep 30, 2021

It is illegal to retaliate against an employee for asking about their pay in good faith. You should keep your own written records of your hours worked to help document your claims for unpaid wages and overtime. In addition, you should put your pay concerns in writing to assist you with bringing a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Washington on
Q: How do I "attend" a DUI class in TN if I live in Seattle?

Convicted of DUI in 2004 in TN. Want DL in WA. Need reinstatement in TN. All fines/fees paid. Need DUI class certificate. Online classes not accepted by TN. No "in person" classes in Seattle.

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko answered on Sep 23, 2021

With the recent proliferation of Zoom options explore a technical way to attend the Tennessee DUI under the Covid protocols, if the TN court approves that request.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Social Security for Washington on
Q: My only Income is social security. I’m looking For pro Bono bankruptcy info in the Everett WA.
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 23, 2021

Call your local bar association or Legal Aid Society.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Washington on
Q: A former employer committed perjury in state court documents, is this a form of Retaliation?

Employer also lied about how I stopped working for him.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 22, 2021

It is possibly retaliation, it is not possible to say based on the information you have provided. This sounds as though it was related to an unemployment insurance claim. You may need to obtain statements from witnesses or provide their contact information to whomever is investigating your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for Washington on
Q: I am being sued for personal injury and cannot find anyone to represent me. "services" does not show defense.

Every single office I have called says they prosecute, but do not defend. How am I supposed to defend myself??

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 21, 2021

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week, and time is of the essence in your reply to the summons and complaint. The problem you encounter is common. It is generally more difficult to find defense counsel than plaintiff counsel for personal injury matters... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Copyright for Washington on
Q: If I purchase nfl stickers and used them to decorate masks to sell would that be copyright infringement?

I am thinking of decorating masks with nfl stickers and then selling them on a craft website.

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Sep 20, 2021

Very likely. Consult with an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: If I was charged with theft and trafficking in the first is there anyway to get it dropped and what's a good defense
Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Sep 17, 2021

You need to sit down with an experienced criminal defense attorney today and talk about this situation because nobody can teach you how to defend these cases for you. This isn’t like calling up a plumber and getting instructions how to replace a sink. You need to just interview and talk to an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: Will I need to pay them out or worry about them taking my house?

I bought a house while married but its only under my name. My spouse signed a quit claim deed during the purchase. If we divorce, do I need to worry about losing the house?

Stacie Lynn Naczelnik
Stacie Lynn Naczelnik answered on Sep 9, 2021

You should consult with an attorney who can advise you on the complexities of community/separate property and your options when it comes to protecting your interest in the house.

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