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.
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 »
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 »
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.
"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...Read more »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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.
If you already have a lawyer, no on one here can ethically offer much advice, and certainly wouldn't do anything to interrupt the attorney / client relationship. That doesn't mean you can't call another lawyer and ask for a second opinion of course, that is very common.
My son was struck and killed by a commercial truck whose driver's license was suspended in "the 3rd degree". My son was a pedestrian, and granted he was no in a crosswalk. But shouldn't the driver of the truck at least have been issued a citation for driving on a suspended... Read more »
They drove my car while under the influence 2 months ago but no evidence of under influence but I didn’t know they were, and now my car is damaged, the front bumper piece is coming off it’s 1800$ in damage
Sure you can, if you can demonstrate that he or she is responsible for the damage. If you are interested in small claims court, here is a link to the Kitsap District Court's information page about small claims:
Violation of the Governor's order is a gross misdemeanor, so a person can be arrested for it. Does "he" have the right to jail people? No, that is not the function of his office. But local law enforcement anywhere in the state can enforce the statute.
Well, it depends somewhat on which emergency powers you mean. But for what Governor Inslee has done in Washington, the answer is "the governor may impose them for such times, upon such conditions, with such exceptions and in such areas of this state he or she from time to time deems...Read more »
I ran a red light pretty badly and was pulled over by a police officer on a motorcycle. He gave me a citation because he said I am a very young driver and marked the citation “No” in the 16+ Box, but I am 22 years old.
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