Lawyers, Answer Questions  & Get Points Log In
Questions Answered by Patrick Owen Earl
1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Can you be charged for posession because of a pipe being positive for a substance
Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Jun 29, 2020

Good question. Hire an experienced criminal defense attorney if you are charged with a crime and get the analysis that you seek and the answers that you are asking for.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Washington on
Q: What form does a judge sign to recall/quash/terminate a bench warrant in Pierce County Superior Court?
Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Jun 25, 2020

There has to be an agreement from the prosecutor to quash a warrant OR the person needs to present him/her self to the court and ask to quash the warrant. These are the best ways to do it.

If you are thinking about taking a document to the clerk and asking him/her to ask the Judge to sign...
Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: This is from the state of WA. I am currently under investigation for criminal burglary after looting in the riots-

This is from the state of WA.

I am currently under investigation for criminal burglary after looting in the riots from the protests. I was arrested in one store with nothing stolen on my person and was released on PR. My 72 hour period has surpassed and i have not been charged yet.... Read more »

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Jun 4, 2020

If you were in the store, do not talk to anyone about this other than a specific attorney and get an experienced criminal defense attorney hired and ready to go because i am sure IF they can charge you they will.

These are very serious allegations and you need to get out in front of this NOW.

View More Answers

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: can a person be held for stealing a motorvehicle if he doesnt remember anything please see details

my son got arrested for auto theft but he was messed up he does not remember anything about what happened he parked his van got out and when he got back in he accidentally got into the truck parked next to him thinking it was his van but also the judge cops and my sons lawyer are all best friends... Read more »

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Jun 4, 2020

Yes he can be held or investigated. The question is can he be held accountable for the alleged action. Please hire an experienced criminal defense attorney NOW for him. These issues are very important and he needs someone that has dealt with these type of arguments over years. I have 27 years... Read more »

View More Answers

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: If a case against me is waiting for prosecuting attorney to review it, how long do they have to decide to file charges?
Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on May 30, 2020

That depends on what category of a criminal case you are looking at.

Gross Misdemeanor 2 years

Class C Felony 5 years roughly

And then up from there.

If you believe you are going to be charged with a criminal offense you should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: My truck was impound because I did not consent to search it and now I can't get it back and I need help.

Case number is 8202. Wolff is the name of the cowlitz county sheriff deputy. My name is Jason preston

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on May 28, 2020

If the police had probable cause to seize your vehicle in connection with a crime then you can't get it out. You would have to hire an attorney to inquire to see what their reasons were or are and then see if there is an argument to try and get it released.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: If I attach a GPS tracker to my lawn mower (small push-type) and it gets stolen, can the police recover it with me?

Could I then supply the police with the location and go with them to confront the thief?

To be clear, I'm more concerned about whether or not knowing the location of the stolen property gives the police the ability to go confront the thief and recover my stolen property. I'm not... Read more »

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on May 20, 2020

At times police allow a ride along. But if they would allow this you would have to ask them. I doubt that they would allow you to confront the person.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Washington on
Q: to use a confession of a juvenile custodial interrogation as evidence does it have to be recorded?
Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on May 19, 2020

You need to get an attorney if you don't have one. This is a question for your attorney. One would have to have all the necessary information to answer this correctly and completely. Hire an experienced criminal defense attorney NOW.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: I want to look up someone’s statement
Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on May 15, 2020

I don't understand your question. If you are charged with a criminal offense and you are looking to get a copy of the report, that has statements against you from certain individuals then your attorney would be able to get all evidence against you. If you don't have an attorney hire one... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Two of my friends were arrested for theft, one lives in the USA and the other one does not. Can the tourist come back?

Two of my friends were arrested for theft (felony) in the state of WA; one lives in the USA and the other one does not. It has happened in January, they’re free, under investigation. The store is accusing of stealing a higher amount then the one showed in the receipt. Can the tourist ever ever... Read more »

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Apr 27, 2020

Yes these people need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney NOW. There is one that is here in the USA still right? Is he working? Does he live here normally? The other one is no in the USA right now? Is he planning on come back? It sounds like yes? This person needs to hire an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Washington on
Q: What is a “person of interest” in a homicide? If The person who committed the crime has been arrested And charged

If authorities have suspect in custody but are not letting media personal know about the arrest yet advertising “persons of interest” wanted in the case that allegedly have info. What should those personals of interest do legally?

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Apr 16, 2020

This sounds like a school question? What are you asking?

If there is someone that is charged with a criminal offense and needs representation please contact me. I am available for all types of offenses here in WA State.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Bennett funding group Brothers and Michael e keller disbarred attorney Bar number 6005 are stealing millions
Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Apr 9, 2020

This doesn't make sense? What are you asking?

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

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Apr 3, 2020

When the State amends a criminal offense like reckless driving where you are looking at a fine up to $5000, and jail up to 364 days and losing your license for 30 days and you get an infraction instead. Pay the money.

View More Answers

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 »

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Mar 30, 2020

What county is your case from?

I assume you have fulfilled all the requirements for your reduction to Neg Driving 1st degree right?

View More Answers

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: What to expect when you were caught shoplifting from a store you were trespassed from.

Back in 2017 I was caught trying to leave a Walmart without paying for items in my cart. I signed a no trespassing promise and didn't go back for 3 years. Recently I've fallen on hard times and went into Walmart because they have the best prices in town. But I wasn't able to afford... Read more »

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Feb 24, 2020

This is bad. You could be charged with Burglary 2nd degree because you entered or remained in a building with the intent to commit a crime. The Trespass makes you going into Walmart a crime and then you either committed the CT 1 while there and/or theft. Please hire an experienced criminal... Read more »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Am I able to withdraw my guilty plea after I have been sentenced? I was misled by my public defender & was made to plea

Misled by public defender. Have all the paperwork of me saying not guilty. Have numerous notices of case where it was “last chance to accept”offer” or would automatically go to trial. I always said not guilty. The public defender did not represent me at all. I tried to fire him with a Judge... Read more »

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Feb 21, 2020

I am sorry to say that it is extremely difficult to withdraw a plead of guilty within hours or days of doing it let alone after 5 months. Yes the actions of what you experienced could be helpful IF the parties remember it OR it was noted on the recording. More likely is that the parties... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Does a person arrested for "retail theft with extenuating circumstances" ordinarily get release on his/her recognicance?

The person in question has prior felony convictions and was under the supervision of a Community Corrections officer at the time of the most recent theft.

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Jan 30, 2020

These are very serious cases and you will need an attorney to explain these extenuating circumstances to the prosecutor/state in order to have the best chance to win. Please hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you. Since I have been an attorney handling criminal defense for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: What possible solutions can be had besides prison in my case theft of auto when I did not intend to deprive owner?

I'm charged with theft of an automobile. I moved from one spot, what looked like a stolen pickup, to another spot. My mindset was to not let thieves keep it when they returned. I acted quickly to solve the situation. I feared the cops wouldn't come quickly or at all if I would have called... Read more »

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Jan 24, 2020

I assume you have an attorney. This is what you need to talk to your attorney about and make sure he/she listens to you. If you don't have one and can't afford to hire a private attorney, apply with the court to appoint you an attorney. If you can hire a private attorney I suggest you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Washington on
Q: Is a k9 sniff probable cause to seize a vehicle, from Wal-Mart parking lot?

While customers are shopping inside Poulsbo Wal-Mart, an office is outside looking in the windows of parked cars. If he feels necessary he brings his K9 out to sniff. If his K9 "hits" he has the vehicle taken to police station, then applies for warrant.

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Jan 14, 2020

Officers can look into cars and if they see something in plain sight that is suspicious they have the ability to investigate. So I haven't researched this issue but it is one looks on its surface that it is fine but I would be interested in what the case law says about it. However, you will... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Washington on
Q: Can I represent myself for an individual hearing w/o my private attorney and have said attorney complete subsequent

hearings agreed to in my attorney client agreement. It’s a non compliance hearing for a dirty UA in treatment for DUI. Or, do I need the attorney to file a Motion to Withdraw and if so, can I have them withdraw for just this single compliance hearing. They want $500 I don’t currently have to... Read more »

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Jan 2, 2020

The attorney can't withdraw for one hearing. Once he is on the case he is on the case BUT you can ask that attorney not to appear at a hearing and see if the Judge will accept your explanation of what you are dealing with however, Judges don't like to do this. Attorneys have a way to... Read more »

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.