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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?
Stan Glisson
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.

Stan Glisson
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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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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: How long does a Western State competency take and what is involved?
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Stan Glisson answered on Nov 19, 2020

When a defendant's mental competency to stand trial is questioned, they are referred to Western State Hospital for evaluation. The doctor there gives the court a written report with an opinion on whether the person is or isn't competent to go forward.

There are different time...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Assault case if the alleged victim doesn't show to court and retracts his statement is the case dismissed

the two eyewitnesses testify that it's not the defendant and a police officer is saying it is because he recognizes him supposedly on video

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Stan Glisson answered on Nov 3, 2020

It's certainly possible that might happen, but not definite. If the prosecutor believes they can prove the case to a jury without the cooperation of the victim, then the prosecution will typically go forward. Many cases are prosecuted that way. You need a lawyer to evaluate the admissible... Read more »

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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 »

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Stan Glisson answered on Oct 29, 2020

There doesn't have to be an arrest for the prosecutor to later file a DUI charge. If the investigating officer thought you were under the influence (of alcohol or a drug), they can forward that report to the prosecutor and charges can get filed that way. This is pretty common when the person... Read more »

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Q: Can an Order for Protection remain in effect for 11 years in washington state?
Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Oct 27, 2020

Sure. The RCW creates multiple different types of protection order. Some have statutory limits but there are certainly circumstances where a judge can issue a lifetime protection order. Depends on what kind of circumstances gave rise to the order.

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Can my wife's statement to the cops be used against me in court
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Stan Glisson answered on Oct 1, 2020

Generally no.

"A spouse or domestic partner shall not be examined for or against his or her spouse or domestic partner, without the consent of the spouse or domestic partner; nor can either during marriage or during the domestic partnership or afterward, be without the consent of the...
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Q: I was recently charged with theft through Walmart. I was never taken to jail, but I am still worried about jail time.

I have a previous reckless endangerment charge that is pending upon completion alcohol class and $100 which are both done, however I’m worried this new charge will effect that outcome? Am I able to get this theft charged dropped even though I have a pending other charge. I do plan on trying to... Read more »

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Stan Glisson answered on Oct 1, 2020

Yes, if you have another case pending on conditions then a new charge will definitely have an impact on that. Depending on where you are, the new charge might get filed in a week, or might get filed in several months. You should definitely talk in private with an attorney in your area as soon as... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Should my mother sign a medical release after a slip and fall in a grocery store?

The grocery store did not have a bolt on a metal plate on the floor and my mother fell over it and hurt her knee and potentially her back

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Stan Glisson answered on Sep 24, 2020

It depends on who is asking her to sign the release. If it is the store's risk management or legal representative, then I would definitely advise her to talk to a lawyer first. Most attorneys do a free consultation (probably by phone) so she can get her specific questions answered.

If...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: Maximum License Suspension

I have an unpaid judgement against me due to uninsured accident. My license has been suspended for 13 years. Shouldn't the suspension period be 10 years?

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Sep 21, 2020

The judgment that suspended you may expire after 10 (or it can be renewed). But even if it expires, the license remains suspended until reinstated. It's possible that you are eligible to reinstate, but of course there can be multiple reasons that a license is suspended; while one expires,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: I left for one week and now the owner of the place won't let me on the property to get my belongings?

I don't owe any money and now he's selling my things! Can he do this?

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Sep 16, 2020

Most counties have some kind of legal aid client designed to help tenants with landlord disputes. In Kitsap county it's https://www.washingtonlawhelp.org/organization/kitsap-housing-justice-project

If you contact them, they might be able to point you to resources in your area.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: How do I request the video of a police interigation. Are the videos of testimonies public information
Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Sep 14, 2020

Public records request. Most police agencies have a form on their website you can use to make the request.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Is the video of my police interview confidential
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Stan Glisson answered on Sep 14, 2020

Typically not. Although while the case is under investigation, the police can keep evidence to themselves. Once the investigation is complete and the case is either filed in court or not, then in almost every case that video would become accessible to virtually anyone who asked. Different rules may... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: I got a ticket for not having my insurance on me, I just wanted to know if the fee can be dismissed and do i get a point
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Stan Glisson answered on Sep 13, 2020

Well Washington doesn't work on a point system, so you don't have to worry about that (although it is a similar system, where too many moving violations in certain time period can result in a suspension of your license).

But if you were insured at the time and have proof, that...
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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI and Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: Are you able to have copies of your Discovery File ? When is the latest you can fire a attorney? Grounds on firing ?

Present attorney has no witnesses.

Has had 4 years to get any info on clients behalf .

Was tested and given her rights at hospital while under drugs . Client answered questions she didn’t even know she was asked . All info was taken will client was out of it in hospital after surgery.

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Aug 20, 2020

Good questions.

Can you have a copy of the discovery from your file? There is actually a law that severely limits your lawyer's ability to just give you a copy of your file. It may be possible, but may require some redactions. Ask your lawyer about your particular case. You can also...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: I currently live with my grandmother who is at high risk for covid-19. I have court in another County and she is afraid

She is afraid of me can check and go visit and bring it home. Is there any way that I can be excused from Court until the pandemic is over I'm not sure if he'll let me come back if I go

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Aug 13, 2020

You should definitely call the court (and your lawyer) and find out what options exist. Most courts are offering video conference as an option. Even if they aren't doing that, there may well be exceptions in place for someone in higher risk environments like yours.

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