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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: My racing charge reduced to Negligent Driving 2nd degree, they charged me 553$ but online it says it's 250$.

RCW 46.61.525 - Washington

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Stan Glisson answered on Apr 3, 2020

$250 is the 'base fine'. A number of statutes add costs and assessments on to the base fine of any infraction (or criminal) fine.

The most significant is RCW 3.62.090, Public safety and education assessment. This adds 70% of the base, or about $175. The second PSEA assessment is half of...
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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Washington on
Q: Was what my lawyer, now a judge, did okay?

I hired a lawyer for a DUI case 3 years ago. I was given a deferment for 3 years to get put down to negligent driving, I paid him 5k to follow my case till the end of my deferment period of 3 years. My final hearing for the end of the deferment is May 15. I tried contacting him as I hadn’t heard... Read more »

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Stan Glisson answered on Mar 30, 2020

In all likelihood, you don't need a lawyer for that final hearing. You have a right to be represented, but that is a right you can waive. Every court handles these things a little bit differently, but you should not be penalized because your lawyer is no longer in practice. Your situation is not... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: I got a ticket for expired tags in February. And I still need to pay it but everything is shut down now.

My dog literally ate my ticket with all the information on it. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do especially with everything shutdown because of COVID 19.

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Stan Glisson answered on Mar 30, 2020

You can call your county district court and they can look it up for you. Courts aren't shut down, but many have limited hours. If you were stopped in a city by a city police officer, you might want to try the municipal court.

Make sure you act quickly, after 15 days the court can enter a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: charged with a first offense of theft 3. The dollar amount was aprox 85$. What are the chances my record will stay clean
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Stan Glisson answered on Feb 25, 2020

Good chance. Most courts have some kind of diversion program for cases like this. If you can, you should talk to a lawyer before you go to court. There may a way to minimize the damage before you ever see a judge.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?
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Stan Glisson answered on Jan 30, 2020

Most of the time a personal injury lawyer gets paid from the recovery they get for you from the person who injured you. Standard fee is a third of the recovery, but different cases can result in different fees. Usually the recovery comes from the other side's insurance.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: Legal advice on a third party at work in company vehicle auto injury settlement.

I was rear ended by a third party while at work in a company vehicle. They’re trying to settle a day after the accident but I had to miss more days of work due to being out on light duty and having to have the doctor sign. I’m not trying to get as much money as possible but at the same time, I... Read more »

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Stan Glisson answered on Dec 17, 2019

You should absolutely talk to a lawyer before you agree to any settlement. We have seen it over and over, the insurance company is highly motivated to settle your case cheaply before you get any advice. They will also try to commit you to saying you are feeling OK, that your injuries aren't... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: On 3/3/16 I got a dui, did everything for it. Just recently I got a speeding ticket and the court I got my dui in sent

Me a show cause hearing. What does this mean?

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Stan Glisson answered on Dec 12, 2019

It is probably a type of probation violation hearing. Different courts use different terminology, but I would guess that's what that is. Typical DUI probation is 5 years, and depending on the judge they sometimes consider traffic infractions to be probation violations.

You can call the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: At one point in the judicial process can the defendant submit an affidavit requesting a Frank's hearing ?

I'm in court wednesday for pretrial conditions of release negotiations..my case involves the use of a CI for 100% of the states case beginning in the probable cause for the issuance of a search warrant.....I'm wondering if a Frank's hearing is requested pretrial with the potential to have case... Read more »

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Stan Glisson answered on Dec 10, 2019

Short answer, yes. Any challenge to the sufficiency of the warrant, including a Franks hearing, would have to happen prior to trial. Those are the decisions that determine what evidence the jury is going to be allowed to hear, so they have to happen prior to the trial, normally weeks prior.

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: I was pulled over in one county but the municipal court on my ticket is from a different county. Is this possible?
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Stan Glisson answered on Nov 14, 2019

There are a couple of possibilities, but a lawyer would have to look at the ticket to answer for sure. Could be an error by the citing officer. There are jurisdictions that 'share' a court, when one town doesn't want to maintain its own court. I have never heard of them being in separate counties,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: in a DV case simple assault so I need a lawyer? The victim damaged a fingernail while hitting me with a pillow.
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Stan Glisson answered on Nov 4, 2019

Sounds like you need to talk to a lawyer directly, yes. The domestic violence accusation can have some far reaching consequences, so I would recommend you call a lawyer as soon as you can.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: What do the points mean in the legal system. My son has 3 but on paper it says 6

Why was he give 12 year for first time offender?

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Stan Glisson answered on Oct 28, 2019

For felony crimes, the standard sentence range (where the judge is expected to sentence) is established by the number of "points" the defendant has. For example, any prior felony conviction generally counts as a point, and increased the standard sentence range. There are other factors in an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Washington on
Q: Would a criminal history from 25-30 years ago prevent a person from taking the bar.All related to drug addiction

Felony malicious mischief, lying to the police, dui, glue sniffing, various other crimes all within a few years time 1994. Then a dui in 2003.Rehabilitation then nothing more than 2 speeding tickets from 03-2019. Graduated with honors BS Paralegal Studies and become a top athlete. Plan on attending... Read more »

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Stan Glisson answered on Oct 25, 2019

Not automatically. The bar association has rules regarding character and fitness:

http://www.courts.wa.gov/court_rules/?fa=court_rules.list&group=ga&set=APR

Look specifically at rule 21 to start.

Here is a real life example of someone who did it:...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: how do we file a appeal if my sons attorney was disbarred right after trial by judge.Need some answers thanks

The attorney was being investigated at the time and we found out at the end of trial. the judge dismissed herself then came back to be the judge again. The attorney was disbarred after the court date and he has not given any records back and did not use any evidence that he had to prove the case.... Read more »

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Stan Glisson answered on Oct 24, 2019

There is no one answer to this question, way too many variables (in my opinion). I would say call a lawyer asap and talk about the details of what happened, and he or she can talk you through some options.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Washington on
Q: I am on municipal court probation i have a violation hearing does court legally have to allow me my attorney at hearing

Im in washington state

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Stan Glisson answered on Oct 21, 2019

You definitely have a right to a lawyer at every significant stage of proceedings, including probation violations.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: First time getting a ticket for illegal use of emergency equipment(Blue Uber Light)

Is there a way to get it lifted? I didnt know it was illegal if the light wasn't a flashing light?

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Sep 16, 2019

What court is it in? We have some experience with those, and I can't imagine that the blue Uber light should be found to be a violation of that statute.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Family Law for Washington on
Q: What can i do? my 17yr old lives with 18yr boy friend but he is hitting her.

My daughter 17 lives w her boy friend 18 and his parents. They been together 2 yrs now they have a 9 month old baby. We found out he is hitting her. But she denys it. There is witnesses to this behavior. As a mother what can i do? She turns 18 in December so i need help fast. She has been suicidal... Read more »

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Stan Glisson answered on Sep 9, 2019

The law allows a parent to seek a protection order on behalf of a minor child. So you can go to the local courthouse and ask for a protection order that would prohibit him from contacting her, but that would only be valid until she is 18.

You can of course report what is happening to local...
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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Washington on
Q: Dui. Deferred 2 years ago. last month. I had a slip up. got a dirty UA. Will they revoke?

Had an abortion this time last year. Since the slip up, I started treatment 1 day a week. Going to more AA’s. Going to a support group to learn to cope with it.

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Stan Glisson answered on Aug 26, 2019

First off, every court is different. I don't know what court your case is in, but GENERALLY the answer is no. Relapses are a part of recovery, particularly when someone goes through something like you have. As long as the treatment agency is aware and addressing it, then you should be fine.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: I was a victim of rabbery 2, I know he is a first time felion. He has a public defender representing him.

I was wondering if someone could tell about how long of a sentence he might get?

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Stan Glisson answered on Aug 22, 2019

Standard sentencing range in WA is 3-9 months for Robbery 2 with no prior felony 'points'.

Different sentence alternatives do exist though, and often people plead to different charges at the end of the case. So many different things might happen.

I agree, the prosecutor's office...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Washington on
Q: I need a no contact order lifted. I have no money. What are my options?
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Stan Glisson answered on Aug 19, 2019

Different courts handle these differently. First if there is a public defender on the case, ask her or him what the process is. If not, or if you don't know who that is, then call the court and ask them the procedure. You can do this without a lawyer and there are no costs. But if there is a lawyer... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: If a minor drinks and is reported 2 months later can they get in trouble?

Hi so I’m in a situation where I was driving 2 of my drunk friends home (I have a permit not a license) they both have a license but they are underaged. I’m going to court in 2 weeks and I don’t want to get my friends in trouble so I don’t know if I should mention the fact they were drunk.... Read more »

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Stan Glisson answered on Aug 6, 2019

You are right that they can't really file a criminal charge (like MIP) without some further evidence besides your statement. But if they are on any kind of probation, it could possibly be used against them. If they are in school, particularly in athletics, I could see some possible repercussions... Read more »

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