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Q: I'm getting charged with prowling 2nd degree and theft 3. Besides traffic violations this would be my first criminal

I found what looked to be an abandoned vehicle so I stopped to look into it see what I can find, I got in and chickened out immediately and cops showed up as soon as I closed the door on my way out and turns out the vehicle was stolen.

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Nov 14, 2022

I already gave you advise about getting an attorney. You need help to explain the circumstances and get the prosecutor to understand what happened. HOWEVER, your decision to enter into the vehicle was criminal. You should NOT have done that. Get an attorney

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Q: Being charged with vehicle prowling 2nd degree and theft 3. I was on the scene but I just found the car on the side

Never been in trouble before I don't know how to proceed

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Nov 14, 2022

I am an attorney here in Moses Lake WA, some 3 hours away from Seattle. I am not sure what county your charge is in but you need an attorney. If you can't afford to hire a private attorney ask the court to appoint you one. If your not eligible for the appointment of an attorney by the court... Read more »

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Q: If I was charged with a class c felony as a minor can I purchase a firearm at 18? Or 21?
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answered on Nov 6, 2022

When you say charged, do you mean convicted? If you were convicted, then your right to possess a firearm is likely revoked. You would need to get your right bear arms reinstated. The good news is that you may get that right reinstated if you have been crime free for 5 years. You would need to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Washington on
Q: Can I add more details to an old police report?

A year ago I called the police because my ex had assaulted me but they didn't find probable cause. Now I know there's a witness can I go and refile a police report? The witness is a minor, will this change the outcome? Is it worth the trouble of trying to press charges?

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Nov 4, 2022

You asking the wrong people! This is a question forum that goes to defense attorneys, not law enforcement or prosecutor's. We are the ones that would represent the accused.

With that say, NOBODY should have to put up with or deal with anyone assaulting them. If this happened to...
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Q: Do I show that paper they sent me to my attorney or prosecutor attorney or for I ask it 2 be dismissed 2day or no?

I rented a car, on way 2 drop off had mechanical issues, was late 4 work so ☎️ them told them where pick car up... my mother picked me up. Now charging me w/stealing car when they sent me letter saying that they had the car & how much gas they had 2 put in it & whatnot. I have court... Read more »

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Oct 27, 2022

You need to ask for the court to appoint you an attorney because you are charged with a criminal offense of Theft of a motor vehicle it sounds like. OR if you can hire your own private attorney OR if the court says that you have to hire your own attorney DO IT.

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Q: I have a Stimulation of countinuance final review hearing from a case back in June 2020 should I be concerned?
Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Oct 21, 2022

Are you saying that you have a Stipulated order of continuance on a criminal case in the State of WA? You live now in Utah?

Do you have any attorney here in the WA assuming that your case that you are asking about is from WA?

Did you complete all the conditions for the continuance?...
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Q: I need to know how to help my girlfriend get out of a dv assault 4 on me. We can just end the relationship and her not

We were just arguing and she also has a drug problem as well as mental issues and has been off her zannex for a long time and it makes her a bit off the handle i dont want her to be in jail but just not be together any more. How can i help it be ended

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Oct 10, 2022

Sounds like you are alleged victim of an assault case and you would like to inform the prosecutor of some change or something different. It is a GOOD idea before you do this to contact a criminal defense attorney FOR YOURSELF so that your interests are protected and you don't get yourself... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: I was involved in a mva I was cited for Careless Driving now after a week later they say they wanna charge me wit

Now they wanna charge me with a Duii after they already released me can they do that

Cristine Beckwith
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answered on Sep 27, 2022

Hi, sorry to hear. Yes the State can charge you with DUI after releasing you. Washington State has two years to file charges for a gross misdemeanor such as DUI.

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Q: living salt lake city Utah June 29 2022 felony warrant grays harbor Washington possession with intent ? Extradite me ?

If I'm stopped by police here in Utah will they extradite me back to wa state

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Sep 26, 2022

For a felony warrant it is possible. Not guaranteed

You should contact an attorney in that county (or in WA State) and get something started before you get picked up and maybe a court date can be set and an appearance done so that you don't have to START the process in jail. That is my advise.

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Q: If some one is in jail and they are Hispanic and the race shown says he is white and the suspect theh are looking for is

White wouldent they just be fitting him as the victom

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Sep 15, 2022

Your question seems to be, If the alleged suspect of an alleged crime is White, why is there an Hispanic person being held in jail for the crime?

If this is true, it is because the report was supplemented with information against the person in custody OR there is something that was pointing...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Appeals / Appellate Law for Washington on
Q: if someone is supposed to go do 60 days can they ask for home monitoring instead and just do more time?

already been sentenced and pleaded guilty

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Aug 17, 2022

You needed to ask for this clarification at the time of sentencing because it sounds like the Judge sentenced this person to 60 days jail and so that is the way it is.

If there are circumstances that have changed that wasn't available to be talked about or discussed when it was done in...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: Do I have a criminal or civil case? Officer did not act on my request for help, weeks later child killed someone.

Child has been sentenced for murder however I asked the police chief for help just weeks & days before my child commited murder. He conspired with my husband to keep it quiet about stabbing months prior & ignored my pleas for help.

I specifically told the chief that when the moms... Read more »

Eric Gene Young
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answered on Jun 23, 2022

Unfortunately, as upsetting as this must be, the facts you described are not likely to constitute either a civil or criminal matter for you. On the civil side, law enforcement officers in federal actions are entitled to qualified immunity which shields them from liability unless they knowingly... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Washington on
Q: Can a judge grant a deferred prosecution for multiple unrelated charges that occurred on different days?

Criminal history.

Assault (M) reduced to Harassment 1. 2019

DUI 2020

Current charges.

2 counts assault (m)

DUI that occurred 7 days after the assault.

Driving without a license.

Driving without an IID.

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson
answered on May 31, 2022

Talk to your lawyer to confirm, but with those facts it sounds like they can be included in a single deferred prosecution. "Separate offenses committed more than seven days apart may not be consolidated in a single program." RCW 10.05.010.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Washington on
Q: Does NCF Final mean there’s no charge and won’t ever be a charge?

Court never saw and individual while they were in jail. They had a court date and never were seen. We’re released and disposition said NCF final on the website. Does that mean there’s no charge and the individual won’t be called back in at a later date into a municipal or district court for a... Read more »

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on May 20, 2022

What this means is that for now, the matter isn't charged. It has been stopped and the State is investigating it further to determine if they have more potential evidence against this person to file the charge. If the underlying charge is a misdemeanor level case, they have a year to file... Read more »

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Q: Does NCF final mean that An individual is not being charged does that mean they won’t be called into court again later?

Someone I know was arrested and the next day was suppose to go to court. They were never seen and let go with no paper work. Disposition on the website said NCF FINAL. Does that mean they are not being charged. Also if it says final does that mean they are not going summon them back for a trial? I... Read more »

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson
answered on May 20, 2022

It definitely does not mean that a charge could not be filed in the future. If the prosecutor gets more information or a follow up report, they can change their mind and file until the statute of limitations has run out. That is at least one year, but more for most crimes.

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Q: somebody reported I aimed a gun at them, police searched my vehicle and find a gun out in the open. do they have a case?

Today a vehicle cut me off, so I passed them in the left lane. Their car sat a lot higher than mine and they had a clear view of my passenger seat. Which had my pistol sitting in it. They called the police and said that I had aimed the gun at them when I was passing. They followed me for 2 miles... Read more »

Cristine Beckwith
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Cristine Beckwith
answered on May 1, 2022

Sorry to hear that this happened to you. From what you have described, it appears they do have evidence to include the firearm and possibly multiple witnesses that were in the other vehicle. It is very likely that the county prosecutor's office will move forward with criminal charges.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Sexual Harassment for Washington on
Q: How much will a lawyer charge to represent me in a sexual abuse claim against a Catholic priest in Seattle?

I know a lawyer won't charge me up front I just want to get an idea of how much he would take when I win my case. Thank you

Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak
answered on Apr 21, 2022

The standard fee for personal injury cases, including sex abuse cases, is 1/3 of the total recovery plus costs advanced. If the matter goes to litigation, the fee goes up to 40% plus costs advanced.

I commend your bravery in coming forward to get some justice. I wish you the best.

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Q: If a detective is calling you for months trying to get you to come down wouldn't they just arrest you instead of trying

If they had serious allegations against you wouldn't they just arrest you instead of trying to call you for months to interview you

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Apr 21, 2022

Depends...the standard to charge someone with a crime is probable cause. Often, they do not have that until, ironically, a suspect voluntarily talks with police, and usually in an attempt to clear their name.

It's quite possible that the police do not (yet) have probable cause for the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Family Law for Washington on
Q: I have a detective and adult services checking on my mom because she took out 50,000 out of her bank America account

My m moved in about 6 months ago and got a settlement and I went to the bank with her about 2 months ago and she withdrawn 50 thousand and now I have a detective and adult services at my door what should I do I haven’t done anything wrong my moms old doctor ordered her to get tests done for some... Read more »

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answered on Apr 14, 2022

You need to call a lawyer. APS thinks you had her get the money for your benefit. They might try and remove her from your care and send charges to a prosecutor. I suggest you call a local criminal law attorney and meet with them. This need to be done before you and or mom meet with them. Also,... Read more »

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Q: If I am experiencing COVID symptoms and have a doctors note can the courts issue a warrant for me not being present
Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Mar 9, 2022

I have found that if you were to provide this information to the court (usually through your attorney) the court/Judge will allow the continuance. You have an attorney RIGHT?

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