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3 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Washington on
Q: I just received a request for DUI hearing But I have never been arrested. Is this a mistake?

UPDATED INFO: This happened eight months ago. Why am I just now getting notice? Also, is there a police report out there that I can review?

I had a medical emergency, pulled over to the side of the freeway. Police recalled, they took a breath test and ambulance was called. I was... Read more »

Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Oct 29, 2020

I'm sorry to hear. The Department of Licensing can and will take administrative action on your license when they receive a police report that meets certain criteria for suspicion of DUI. The license suspension will range from 90 days to 1 year depending on what is alleged in the report. This... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: I was arrested and made aware of an restraining order by officer. He showed me on computer. I ever got paper copy¿

This has now caused me to miss court date as I never received any info on court date or what allegations I was. Looking at. I call the court and was told officer had done the service but never received any paperwork

Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Oct 9, 2020

Sorry to hear. An attorney can file a motion to reconsider for lack of service. You should contact an attorney ASAP.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Washington on
Q: My boyfriend and I are involved in a DV case and he had a court date this week but missed it

Is there anything he can do to fix this? If not what is in store for him? I still want to be with him and am so afraid that we won’t legally be able to. He hasn’t hired a lawyer because he can’t afford one... I myself have filed to get the no contact order dropped and we have a court date in... Read more »

Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Sep 4, 2020

Be very careful. If you attempt to change your story, you could be charged with making a false or misleading statement or obstruction of justice. Also, remaining in contact with your boyfriend puts him at risk for a violation of the No Contact Order.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Can a probation officer go to a business and get my information off of a piece of paper and give it to the courts ?

I’m not on probation

Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Aug 25, 2020

Unfortunately, if your name was in a clear place and they were not violating any privacy laws by obtaining it, they can turn that information over to the prosecutor. The prosecutor can then choose to charge you based on the credibility of the information. You should retain an experienced attorney... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Washington on
Q: My boyfriend got arrested for dv I’m wondering if it would be extremely beneficial to hire a lawyer or not?

Someone called the police on us and when they arrived @ his apartment I was packing my things to leave and didn’t want to speak to them at all but they kept pressing me for info and had kinda made up their minds up about what happened before they got there. We now have the mandatory protection... Read more »

Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Aug 3, 2020

Yes, your boyfriend definitely needs an attorney to fight for him as the consequences can be life changing. Unfortunately, the state can press charges against your wishes. You also need to be advised by an attorney. If you recant your statement made to police, you can be criminally charged with... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Washington on
Q: What happens if the police knowingly leave out crucial information from a police report?

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Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Jul 29, 2020

Unfortunately, police investigations and the subsequent reports generated can be woefully inaccurate and mischaracterize the information given to them by the involved parties. Omitting important information can be used as a strategy by your defense attorney to question the credibility of the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Washington on
Q: How common is it for the convicted of a DV assault 4 be the one with injuries but the victim had no injuries?

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Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Jul 23, 2020

Things of this nature are unfortunately common with domestic violence. For this reason, it is important to be defended by a criminal defense attorney with domestic violence experience.

Assault 4 does not require an injury. The contact only needs to be considered offensive.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Washington on
Q: Is a prosecuting attorney obligated to charge the alleged victim when evidence shows they were the assailant?

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Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Jul 21, 2020

The prosecuting attorney has discretion on who to charge after reviewing the available evidence and has no obligation to charge anyone. If you are facing criminal charges, the fact that your boyfriend was the main aggressor would be relevant to your defense. You need to be represented by a criminal... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Washington on
Q: Does an officer have to have a provable reason to pull u over

Case Description: So I had been driving home from getting my daughter and got lit up by a sheriff. I was about 100 yards from my driveway so I made the decision of not stopping right away and continuing to my driveway so my car wouldn’t possibly get towed and my daughter would have to be stuck in... Read more »

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Cristine Beckwith answered on Jul 11, 2020

If a police officer obtains a reading on his LIDAR of excessive speed, he has probable cause to pull you over. Once his/her lights have been activated to initiate a stop, you must pull over as soon as reasonably safe to do so. There are defenses that can be made to the charges that you are facing... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Can defendant be re-sentenced to include a gun enhancement that wasn't originally included if a plea has been accepted?

Plea agreement was made and sentencing has already occurred. Defendant is already serving original sentence and now they want to re-sentence to include a felony gun enhancement that wasn't included in the original plea deal.

Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Jul 9, 2020

Typically, once an offer is accepted and a plea entered both parties are bound by that recommendation. There are a few circumstances that allow one or both sides to change the recommendation (if you picked up new charges following entering the plea etc..) We would have to know the specifics to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Washington on
Q: Can I be be bailed out in Washington on a probation violation..
Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Jun 25, 2020

Generally, when there is a probation violation, the court will set a review hearing. At that time, the defense attorney can often agree on a sanction. Depending on the violation, this could be jail or as easy as community service. Please contact us at 253-238-8273 for a free consultation.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Can a new adult fight to lift or take away a No Contact Order that was placed for their protection as a minor?

When I was 17, I had a boyfriend who was over 5 years older than me. Someone sent in an anonymous tip about our relationship and he had to go to court, and said a painful goodbye saying we can’t be in contact going forward. I know all about the potential consequences in Washington State for... Read more »

Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Jun 6, 2020

As the victim, you could petition the court to lift the no contact order when you turn 18. A judge would need to approve of the request.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Constitutional Law for Washington on
Q: What to do when there is entire county of corrupt cops and i cant report elsewhere because its outside of specific count
Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Jun 6, 2020

In certain cases, when it can be proven to the court that a certain jurisdiction would not be able to hold a fair trial, a motion to change venue could be granted. We would need to speak with you so we can get additional information. Please feel free to contact us at 253-238-8273.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: This is from the state of WA. I am currently under investigation for criminal burglary after looting in the riots-

This is from the state of WA.

I am currently under investigation for criminal burglary after looting in the riots from the protests. I was arrested in one store with nothing stolen on my person and was released on PR. My 72 hour period has surpassed and i have not been charged yet.... Read more »

Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Jun 4, 2020

Given the public health emergency and the current situation with mass protests, both the police department and prosecuting attorney's office are behind on reviewing cases and making charging decisions. It could take anywhere from a week to a year before you would receive a notice of court date... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: can a person be held for stealing a motorvehicle if he doesnt remember anything please see details

my son got arrested for auto theft but he was messed up he does not remember anything about what happened he parked his van got out and when he got back in he accidentally got into the truck parked next to him thinking it was his van but also the judge cops and my sons lawyer are all best friends... Read more »

Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Jun 4, 2020

Your son can be held if probable cause was found by the Judge. He needs a defense attorney that will best advocate for him and a dismissal or appropriate resolution on the case. If your son was having a medical issue, it was a mistake or he lacked the intent to take the vehicle, that needs to be... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: If a case against me is waiting for prosecuting attorney to review it, how long do they have to decide to file charges?
Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on May 30, 2020

The prosecuting attorney generally has 2 years from the date of incident to make a charging decision.

It is not normally a good idea to wait until charges are filed, as pre-charge representation and negotiations can greatly improve your situation. You should contact a criminal defense...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Personal Injury and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: A vapo was placed on me with hearsay. They demanded gun be turned in. Never used in any way to threaten ect. My rights
Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on May 17, 2020

Hello, I would need more information to help you. We are available until 9pm this evening for a free phone consultation and tomorrow morning at 9am.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Washington on
Q: If me and my roommate both get a Temporary Protective order, what happens? Asking from Washington State

To add: if we get competing orders, will we both be ordered to leave the residence?

Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on May 3, 2020

Hi, in that scenario, you would both be required to remain away from each other. However, the law disfavors competing protection orders so once a final hearing is scheduled, a judge will determine who gets a final order. These usually last one year.

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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