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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Washington on
Q: can i have past convictions removed from my record ?

DV from 20 years ago is restricting me from employment.

Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Jan 24, 2020

Washington State does allow for vacation of certain DV convictions. Having the conviction vacated and the charge dismissed will clear your record and increase job opportunities moving forward. Please reach out to an attorney who can review your criminal history, the specific DV case and other... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Washington on
Q: My 14 year old daughter has been charged felony harassment. This is her 1st offence. Will she be found guilty?

She had just got suspended from school for fighting the girl she sent the snapchat to. In the snapchat it states some people have "shooters". She was charged with felony harassment. What should be my next step?

Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Oct 27, 2019

I am sorry to hear that this happened. This is a very serious criminal charge.

It is important that your daughter speaks to an attorney experienced with the Juvenile Justice System, as juvenile court is quite different than adult court. It is also important that your daughter avoids...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Washington on
Q: Is there a limit of how long they can hold a minor on probable cause in detention?
Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Aug 21, 2019

A detention hearing must be held within 72 hours. That time period may be extended if the arrest falls on a weekend or holiday.

At that hearing the Judge will release the juvenile unless there is finding that further detention is required to ensure their appearance in court or to protect...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Washington on
Q: If put on probation as a juvenile and go on warrant status for probation violation will it be carried over as an adult?

Already pleaed guilty to his charges but was put on probation till a month after he's 18 . Now he has a warrant for not checking in . Willl his warrant be dropped or will it be carried over as an adult ?

Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Jul 29, 2019

Warrants generally freeze everything until they are quashed and the underlying issue addressed. The Court will continue to have jurisdiction over him even after he is 18.

He should contact an attorney to schedule the warrant quash hearing and assist him in ending probation and closing the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Washington on
Q: If the state issued a DV protection order and I did not want one in the first place can it be dropped or cancelled
Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Jul 25, 2019

A DV protection order is petitioned for and controlled by the party seeking the order (petitioner). A criminal no contact order is entered by a Court typically at the request of the State (prosecutor).

If it is indeed a protection order, then you should be able to go to the Court house and...
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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Washington on
Q: If I have a no contact order that neither me or my girlfriend want in wash state can we move to Oregon to bypass
Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Jul 16, 2019

Criminal no contact orders in Washington State have language in them that makes the order enforceable everywhere in the United States (including D.C., Puerto Rico, and any U.S. Territory).

It would be in your best interest to contact an attorney to assist you and your girlfriend in...
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