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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

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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 Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: In a 1986 murder case a man was convicted only he wasnt he just found it in a back ground check , its a mistake now what
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Stan Glisson answered on Sep 2, 2021

If that came up in a WA background check, I would start with WA State Patrol, as they maintain the database. This link has their contact information as well as a form to fill out to request to modify or correct a record:

https://www.wsp.wa.gov/crime/criminal-history/

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: I was in a traffic accident I can’t get my license DOL give me a lawyers number should I talk to that lawyer?
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Stan Glisson answered on Aug 30, 2021

The other driver probably got a judgement against you for the damages in the crash. If you were uninsured, then you may be responsible for the other person's damages.

If that happened, then yes you will have to work out a financial arrangement with the other side before the hold on...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: After a mistrial does the defendant have to be rearranged for the second trial

No just curious about how retrials work and do you have to be rearranged

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Stan Glisson answered on Aug 30, 2021

There isn't a requirement that the defendant be re-arraigned, but it does re-start the time for trial. So a new 90 or 60 days, just like it was arraignment all over again.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: Just received a ticket from an infraction that happened 8 months ago
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Stan Glisson answered on Aug 9, 2021

Make sure you respond (or hire a lawyer) right away. The ticket probably tells you that you have 14 days to respond, and if you miss that deadline it will be found committed by default.

4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: I need advice on starting negotiations for my pain and suffering settlement because of a car accident.

Arbitration determined the other party was 100% at fault. dash cam footage shows the driver turned sideways on the freeway right in front of us. My husband was driving, I was in the front passenger seat and our 13 month old daughter was in the back in her carseat. We all went to the ER, but not via... Read more »

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Stan Glisson answered on Jul 21, 2021

I hate to say this, but my experience is that you will never get a fair settlement without an attorney. Unless the insurance company legitimately believes that you are prepared and able to put your case in front of a jury, they will never feel the need to pay what your claim is worth. They will... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Where do I go to get my possession of controlled substance charges dropped off my record
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Stan Glisson answered on Jul 15, 2021

Easy answer is to call the lawyer who represented you. If that isn't possible, the public defender's office in the county where the conviction occurred can help you. In many counties, you can just call the prosecutor's office. Most of them have an assigned person or team who is... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: If I've never been in trouble a day in my life and got picked up on FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE BATTERY -STRANGULATION (13A)

Am I looking at jail time and I do need a lawyer

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Stan Glisson answered on Jun 7, 2021

Normally where strangulation is alleged, the charge in court winds up being Second Degree Assault. The sentence range for that is 3 - 9 months in jail. I would certainly recommend you talk to a lawyer who practices in your area as soon as you can.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: Hi my husband got a letter saying the department of licensing is taken away his driving privilege authority 46.20.207

46.25.060 because if suspension or revocation of your driving privilege in another state.. which makes no sense he lives in Washington and. Has not been anywhere but Washington and he didn't give anyone wrong info so we are so confused makes no sence

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Stan Glisson answered on Jun 7, 2021

There are a lot of reasons a notice like that could go out, including just a mistake by DOL. Fixing those things take time, so you should definitely consult with a lawyer as quickly as you can. They'll want to see a copy of the letter he got so they can start working with DOL to remedy the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: What is an RCW: 26.50.110(5) F
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Stan Glisson answered on May 24, 2021

Depends where you are seeing it- but it is probably a reference to someone being charged with violation of a protection order.

https://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=26.50.110

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Q: Do I, the accused, have a right to have a copy of the discovery?

I want to see my discovery. The full discovery of evidence. My attorney says he will get in trouble if he gives it to me

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Stan Glisson answered on May 4, 2021

That's a good question, this is an odd and frustrating area of the law. There actually are a number of laws and rules that prohibit your lawyer from just handing over (or copying) the discovery to you, without approval from the prosecutor's office that provided it. The discovery is, in a... Read more »

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Q: Okay I was convicted of felony drug possession a couple years back in washington and am still on community Custody

I wasnt even in possession of any drugs is it possible to have the conviction over turned and be taken off community custody

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Stan Glisson answered on Apr 24, 2021

If it was simple possession, then you should be eligible to have that conviction vacated immediately. The state supreme court recently struck down our possession law as unconstitutional and courts are vacating possession convictions. You should contact the attorney who represented you, or the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: With Washington state changing the law surrounding felony drug possession, is it possible to have a conviction reduced?

Now that drug possession is no longer considered a felony offense, am I able to petition for a reduction or even to vacate the conviction as long as it meets the new criteria? If it helps to understand where I am coming from, drugs were found in my house, not on my person, in the amount of <0.1 g.

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Stan Glisson answered on Apr 6, 2021

If it was simple possession (felony or misdemeanor), then yes - it should eligible to be vacated. You should call the lawyer who represented you at the time, or maybe the public defense office for that court.

Here is a very short blog post I wrote on the topic if you want a little more...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Went to a pawn shop and bought 2 coins. Got home and realized that she only charged me for one. Ticket in mail

What do I do. Can I go back and pay them the $35

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Stan Glisson answered on Mar 23, 2021

When you say "ticket in mail", do you mean you were criminally charged? If so, I would not recommend you contact the store directly, you should have a lawyer do that for you. It's a simple enough misunderstanding, but could grow in to something worse if not handled cautiously.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Can a warrant be issued by the court for not submitting DNA after being released?

All my cases have been closed dispite not giving DNA, ive called the local bails bonds and they said that all my cases show that they are closed and that there wasnt any court dates or warrant issuance.

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Stan Glisson answered on Feb 16, 2021

Absolutely. The normal process is to set a court date first, then issue a warrant at that hearing. But if providing a DNA sample was a court requirement, and it wasn't done, then the court can definitely issue a warrant.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: My brother in law got ran over what are his options? He developed health problems that doctors can't diagnose

The responsible driver ran him over and hit multiple cars. We are not sure what types of compensation he is eligible for, and we do not know if a DUI test was performed on the responsible driver. The responsible driver only has liability insurance. What type of lawyer should he get?

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Stan Glisson answered on Feb 11, 2021

He should talk to a personal injury firm, but ideally one that also does some criminal / DUI work.

They will be able to pursue maximum compensation for him, and also guide him through the criminal process and obtain information for him so he understands how the case is being handled on the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: Can I get a speeding ticket in the mail if I was not pulled over?
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Stan Glisson answered on Feb 8, 2021

Short answer yes, it happens all the time.

Most often from traffic cameras, but that is not the only source.

The fact that the ticket can be issued that way doesn't mean that these tickets can't be beaten though. A ticket that was issued by mail almost always has...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: How do I file a assault charge

I was assaulted and the police came to the scene and made a report. I told them I wanted to file. But the Cop just gave me his card with a incident # on it. I've called but can't seem to get a return call.

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Stan Glisson answered on Feb 8, 2021

I would keep calling the officer, he is the one who can tell you the status of the investigation.

I would also call the prosecutor's office that the report is to be sent to. They can tell you if their office has received the report yet, and if they have made a decision about whether...
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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: For a traffic ticket received in Snohomish County by a WA State Trooper, who is the Plaintiff and who is the prosecutor?

I received a ticket for failure to dim my brights, and I intend to contest it. I'm drafting a letter to request discovery, and am wondering if the plaintif is Sate of WA or Snohomish County? I'm also wondering how I find out who the prosecutor is that I need to serve? Thank you in advance!

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Stan Glisson answered on Dec 7, 2020

The prosecutor's office should be the county prosecutor in which the ticket is filed. The simplest way to confirm that is call the court (number should be on your ticket) and ask the clerk for the contact information for the prosecutor.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: can I ask for a mistrial if the plaintiff withheld information ( did not disclose)?

this is a criminal case and the prosecutor had information they did not disclose in discovery.

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Stan Glisson answered on Dec 4, 2020

Well it wouldn't be a 'mistrial', but yes - there is a court rule that allows a judgement to be reversed and a new trial set where there is newly discovered evidence. The time limit on that is generally one year from when the final judgement was entered. You should probably talk to a... Read more »

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