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Q: I would like to know if I can have the evidence suppressed or if officers were in violation of 4th amendment.

Sheriffs deputies arrived at residence for a warrant service deputy walked to front door of house. Deputy knocked and no answer. He knocked again and heard sound of deadbolt. The door became unlocked deputy knocked again and announced he was with sheriffs department deputy claims that he was... Read more »

Carl Munson JR
Carl Munson JR answered on Feb 12, 2016

It is an interesting question. But it appears that the officer had a valid arrest warrant. If that is the case, officers have the right to a limited intrusion into the residence to arrest the suspect. And upon a valid arrest, if they find a weapon on the suspect, that would not be a violation of... Read more »

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Q: Can I place a security camera from my front porch facing a shared (public)driveway to log suspicious activity?

I live kitty-corner to an obvious drug house. Apparently the suspicious activity has been going on long before we moved in. We are tired of all the vehicles blocking our neighbors in and all the foot traffic and obvious drug use in the vehicles. The drive way is shared by 3 houses, so basically it... Read more »

Carl Munson JR
Carl Munson JR answered on Feb 12, 2016

As long as you are not audio recording private conversations, it should be fine to video tape public places.

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Q: My boyfriend and I were very intoxicated. We got in a fight when he was trying to drive his carHe was arrested on DV

Assault-strangulation. We both attacked each other and hit each other. Due to being drunk I said he attacked me and strangled me when I wouldn't give him the keys. I in fact, might of been the first person to hit get physical. He did put his hands on me and they definitely did get enough evidence... Read more »

Carl Munson JR
Carl Munson JR answered on Feb 12, 2016

Contact the prosecutor and let them know. Contact the defense attorney and let them know.

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Q: If an individual is charged and is awaiting trial, doesn't he/ she have the right to police reports to the case?
Carl Munson JR
Carl Munson JR answered on Feb 12, 2016

The short answer is yes. If the individual has a lawyer (and they should if they are charged with a crime - it is just good sense), then their lawyer will get the police reports and the client can meet with the attorney and go over the reports together. If the individual is representing... Read more »

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Q: My boyfriend is charged with burglary 1 assault4 miscellaneous miss shift interfering with the unlawful imprisonment.

So my questions to you are why would he be getting charged with the burg and is there any thing I can do to get the charges lowered offer dropped and what should I do cause her didn't burg me or my home we got in to a argue meant it for loud he took my phone broke it so I told him to leave well it... Read more »

Carl Munson JR
Carl Munson JR answered on Feb 12, 2016

A burglary is entering or remaining unlawfully with the intent to commit a crime against a person or property therein. So, if someone enters a house unlawfully (for example without permission) with the intent to commit a crime they are guilty of a burglary. If someone enters lawfully, but then... Read more »

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Q: Domestic violence charge

10 years ago I was charged with domestic violence but was never seen in court. Since then I have cleaned up my act and have been happily married with same women. I have never had domestic violence but do have 1 violent crime and drug charges. How will they see my case or how much time

Carl Munson JR
Carl Munson JR answered on Mar 4, 2015

Unfortunately, your question is not clear. If you are saying you were charged 10 years ago with a domestic violence offense but never went to court, then you would have a warrant. If you are saying you had a warrant from 10 years ago, have addressed that warrant, and now have a pending domestic... Read more »

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Q: do I need a lawyer to ask for diversion? Is it possible to get diversion on possession with intent/

I have never been in trouble before. I have been working so I am employed.

Carl Munson JR
Carl Munson JR answered on Mar 4, 2015

Your question needs more information in order to give you a better answer. If you are a juvenile and have never been in trouble before, then your first misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor offense would be automatically referred to a diversion unit. Felonies are generally not sent to diversion units.... Read more »

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Q: I lost my wallet that had a check someone wrote me In it. Someone cashed it and bounce and now the person contacted...

Me and is threatening me saying that if I don't pay them money for the check they going to file an identity fraud claim against me. Which makes no sense to me and I'm wondering is that even possible/legal?

Carl Munson JR
Carl Munson JR answered on Feb 22, 2015

If you are saying the person who stole your wallet tried to cash your check and the check bounced, now the thief is calling you to make you pay the amount of the check. Call the police. Someone stole your wallet and your check. I don't believe you have committed an offense based on your... Read more »

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Q: My dad is being charged with conspiricy to contribute marijuana. What does that mean and how long could he do ?
Carl Munson JR
Carl Munson JR answered on Feb 22, 2015

It sounds like he is being charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana. Conspiracy to distribute means a plan made with others to sell, give, deliver or in some way transfer marijuana to someone else. It is a serious offense and your father needs to speak with an experienced criminal defense... Read more »

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Q: what steps would a person need to follow for trial if the person has entered a plea of not guilty to 2nd degree murder?
Carl Munson JR
Carl Munson JR answered on Feb 4, 2015

Your very first step is to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer representing you. They know the steps that need to be followed. You absolutely would not want to try to defend yourself in a case like this. There are a lot of court rules and procedures to know and follow in any trial and... Read more »

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Q: i am being charged with a drug posession charge that was not even on myself,, is it worth fighting in court

it was found on the floor ,, this was in idaho

Carl Munson JR
Carl Munson JR answered on Feb 4, 2015

You will definitely want an experienced criminal defense attorney in Idaho to help you on your case. At least in Washington, you can possess something in two ways: actually or constructively. What that means is you either actually possess it (having it on your person) or you constructively... Read more »

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Q: How do I go about getting a car that I'm the primary person on, back in my possession. I have no idea where the car is.

I was in a 6 month relationship that ended and he took the car (both names on the car) and he has hidden the car. The car is under my car insurance and he cannot be removed unless I am in physical possession of the vehicle. I went to retrieve the car and the police were called and he stated to... Read more »

Carl Munson JR
Carl Munson JR answered on Feb 4, 2015

You may want to talk to a civil attorney about suing your ex-boyfriend for your share of the value of the car if he is not willing to work it out any other way. You may also want to talk the civil attorney about your credit card issue.

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