I got a voicemail from an investigator telling me that I was under investigation for inappropriate touching, should I call the investigator back and let them know I'm seeking legal representation? Or should I acquire the legal representation first before contacting the investigator in any way... Read more »
Your instinct to obtain representation is right. Contact an attorney and try to meet with them. Most lawyers offer telephone or video conferences due to the Sheltering guidelines. Then discuss the benefits and dangers of speaking to the investigator. Finally, do not speak about this to anyone...Read more »
There is a backlog of blood tests at the Washington State Patrol. It seems to take at least four months for the blood to be tested. When it is tested, the lab will check for substances that could affect driving and/or illegal.
If you are convicted of a DUI, or a DUI related offense in Washington state, the court will order you to obtain an assessment to determine if you need any sort of alcohol treatment. The amount of treatment, or rehab, will be based upon that assessment. Some people are ordered to do a one day class...Read more »
Our neighbor shot our dog 12/30/2016. We haven't seen or talked to him since. We received a felony harrassment charge in the mail today. The day he shot our dog my husband did threaten him, but that was over a year ago. How can he file this now?
Yes. The charge was actually filed by the State, not the neighbor. At some point your neighbor reported the threat to the police. For whatever reason the prosecutor took a long time to file it. The Statute of Limitations for Felony Harassment is three years. So, even though it was filed over a...Read more »
Yes. The state has a time period, called a Statute of Limitations, that defines how long the prosecutor can wait to file a charge. For Assault 4 charges (the basic form of Assault in Washington) it is two years. This applies to everyone, including juveniles.
The State will be prosecuting him. Once a person calls 911, or maybe someone else did, and the police get involved you do not have the power to press charges. The prosecutor may take your thoughts into consideration on how the case is resolved. If your request is counter to what they think should...Read more »
His ex-wife who had him arrested is even willing to appear in court with him because she knows that what actually happened back then in no way justified a DV charge and subsequent conviction....Please advise....Thank you
He may be able to have the charge vacated. More facts are needed such as what type of DV charge? Was it a felony or misdemeanor? Were the terms of probation completed? If the DV charge was a misdemeanor, the answer is probably. If it was a felony it may be vacated depending on the charge. I...Read more »
My husband and I have been married for 5 years 3 children under 8. First we had a verbal disagreement he was ordered to stay away for 8 years. Now a few months later he was caught in violation of the plan. Also there was contact with me but NO hitting punching slapping. He was ordered to stay... Read more »
As the protected party you will need to go before the court that issued the NCO. Some of the procedure depends on if the order was issued via a criminal case, an anti-harassment case or a family law matter. If the NCO a final order or pending the outcome of a criminal trial or divorce decree?...Read more »
Yes. Some courts deny a person on either pretrial supervision or probation to abstain, even if medical. Since the law was changed to legalize marijuana that has been on the decrease. If it happens a person may need to get proof from their doctor and provide it to the court.
A restraining order forbids the restrained party from violating its' conditions. The party who sought the order is not under any restraints. That means if the person who filed the order contacts the restrained person nothing will happen to them. The restrained party till cannot contact that...Read more »
You can refuse to take the Preliminary Breath Test (which is done on the scene) and the BAC test back at the station. There are consequences to refusing both. If you refuse the first test, the prosecutor will try and argue the refusal was due to wanting to hide a positive alcohol reading. The...Read more »
The cost to get her out (I assume you mean out of jail) is the bail amount. Check the website of the jail she is being held in and you should find the bail as it is set. If you do not have the full amount you can post 10% if you go through a bond company. Most bond companies are very efficient...Read more »
Someone accused me of pushing my wife. Both my wife and i are disabled. Aps came into our home and interviewed both she and I. later on, the same day, the cops were called, and did a wellness check. They said, " no sign of abuse." What happens next?
The next step is for a prosecutor to review the case for a charging decision. That can be quick or a lengthy period of time. If the decision is made to prosecute you will receive notice in the mail. This notice will tell you in which court to appear and what charges you face. If the prosecutor...Read more »
Are there any orders from the court preventing you from being in the home? If not, the likely answer is that you can go back to the house. If the house has been the family home for the three years of marriage and there is not a court order preventing you from going back you have as much right as...Read more »
Few years back my girlfriend and I were drinking at a bar, and we started arguing, there was many cops there (they have video evidence) and i got arrested for 4th degree domestic assault. We got issued a no contact order, which the judge dropped on my court date. I was told I need to go to a... Read more »
If the court already ordered that the classes need to be completed than I doubt a lawyer will be able to convince the court to drop it. The court may become frustrated that the order was not followed and order the case closed provided you get penalized. It would be a good idea to speak to an...Read more »
Yes, you can but you may be punished more for it. In Washington, if you refuse your breath test the state will try and inflict harsher penalties on you than if you blew. For instance: if this is your first offense, the penalties double the jail time from at least one day to two if refuse. Also,...Read more »
There is nothing to stop you. You can have the papers served to your husband if he is in custody. I am not sure your post has a specific question. In most counties there is a Family Law Facilitator with whom you can make an appointment. They will outline the process. Or, you can hire an...Read more »
Shortly after I got in a wreck and suffered a tbi and after a coma I was released from the hospital and went home to ga having no memory of the DUI went to get my motorcycle permit and was informed I cannot due to a DUI conviction in 2008 and since have had medical reasons to wait so long how do I... Read more »
Contact Washington Department of Licensing. Ask the them the reason for the hold on your license. It is likely due to a warrant being issued on the DUI case from the court in which it was filed. Your license could also be held up due to an administrative suspension that was imposed by DOL. That...Read more »
You can be charged if someone has personal knowledge of the incident. This can be the person who hit you or some random dude on the street. Your memory will not matter much to law enforcement who are investigating it. Since you don't remember everything it would be a good idea for you not...Read more »
The defendant plead guilty to speeding to try and get away from a police officer pursuit, at speeds of 80mph with a moment of 110mph on a country road of 40-50mph speed limits. It ended with no one injured, but small damage to both cars. They have no criminal history. There were no drugs or alcohol... Read more »
A judge is able to sentence someone to a "standard range" of time in custody. This range depends on the type of charge and a person's criminal history. Each case is different and it is up to the defense lawyer to show why your case is different, or not, and not be made into an...Read more »
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