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Q: What is the penalty or fines for avoid the wildlife station for check inspections.?

Me and my husband digging for clams, and my husband having a hard time to bend over his back is hurt so went to seat in the car . And I continued digging until Im done . And look for my husband why he hasn’t come back yet so I decided to head out to the water and washed the clams for my husband... View More

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Q: I live in Washington state and I have a question concern recording via video or audio conversations to protect myself.

I get gaslighted/manipulated and/or lied to and video/audio recordings are the only way to protect myself in these scenarios. People say I did things i said things I didn’t. Or the other party attacks me or verbally abuses me but no one believes me because I’m a man. I don’t understand how... View More

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

Living in a two-party consent state like Washington can present challenges when it comes to recording conversations without the consent of all parties involved. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. One option is to seek legal advice to understand the specific circumstances in which... View More

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Q: Is there a way to confirm that you have been removed from the NICS restricted list?

The bipartisan gun bill in 2022 included a provision that restores gun rights 5 years post conviction for misdemeanor dv if it was a first time offense and there have since been no related convictions. Is there a way to confirm if someone is cleared to purchase a firearm or do you just have to roll... View More

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

Unfortunately, there isn't a direct way for individuals to confirm if they have been removed from the NICS restricted list. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is managed by the FBI and is primarily used by licensed firearm dealers to determine the eligibility of... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Washington on
Q: is it breaching a DVPO if the defendant makes public posts about protected person on Facebook?

I live in Washington state and have a current DVPO against my ex. The only contact allowed is third party for child visitation or email about visitation and time. He is constantly posting about me on Facebook referring to me as “my son’s mom” “my kids mom” calling me a terrible parent and... View More

Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Feb 5, 2024

It will depend on the wording of the Order. Unless it prohibits public comment, it likely is not a violation. if it can be construed as an attempt to make contact with the protected person, it may be. The excessive email sounds like an issue. You ought to seek a modification of the order moving... View More

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Q: What is the best defense to address RCW 46.61.105 ? Clean driving record, emotional distress or admitting wrong

I have a clean driving record without any priors.

I was on a rescue mission to save my mother-in-law

after she fell in her apartment and could not get up.

I rushed right down.

I found myself in traffic controlled by a flagger. I waited till I had a clear safe... View More

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Q: The Supreme Court of Washington has issued a written opinion that is riddled with "facts" that are outdated, half true.

the court seemingly changed the date of offense from 5/24/1987 to 1995, based off of the case that got dismissed. It is beside the point that I am 100% innocent in the case that was dismissed. The court previously ruled on 2 occasions that the date of offense was around 5/24/1987. Now, 30 years... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Domestic Violence and Municipal Law for Washington on
Q: Can I legally be required to attend an arraignment for a crime I am accused of but haven’t been arrested/subpoened for ?

Since leaving my county of residence over a month ago and traveling several hundreds of miles for a family emergency to a county in a different state the local LEA has filed charges with the court of limited jurisdiction alleging I violated animal control statutes and committed acts of harassment... View More

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answered on Feb 3, 2024

The prosecutor can file charges without notice to the accused person and then you have to participate in all aspects of the court process (namely, hearings). Even when someone is arrested and let go or they go to jail for a night and no charges are filed, they might be unpleasantly surprised down... View More

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Q: Are the jails that full that criminals are being released on ncf?

Especially when you were tied up with duct tape against your will?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: If police are called to my house for a woman yelling and there wasn't a woman yelling can they unscrew my porch light?

Police were called for woman yelling and wasn't the case made contact asked them to leave, they knocked again and unscrewed my porch light and still wouldn't leave my property after seeing woman was fine and no problem are they allowed to touch and mess with my property?

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answered on Jan 26, 2024

It would likely be inappropriate and potentially unlawful for police officers to unscrew or tamper with your porch light after responding to a call at your home and finding no issue or disturbance requiring police action. A few key points:

- Police generally need a lawful purpose or...
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Q: Is it legal to use a personal stolen item as evidence against the person it was taken from?

My vehicle was parked at my ex- girlfriends house and she got into my vehicle and took my cell phone. She accessed information from my cell phone and then turned my cell phone in to the sheriff's department so they could access info from my cell phone to use as evidence. Is this legal for them... View More

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answered on Jan 5, 2024

Sorry to hear this happened. The Constitution protects against the government doing illegal search and seizures...however, this protection does not apply to private citizens who are turning over information or items to law enforcement.

However, if the government (law enforcement) is asking...
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Q: Can I go to treatment instead of jail on a probation violation
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answered on Dec 25, 2023

If you're facing a probation violation in Washington, you may have the option to pursue treatment as an alternative to jail time, but it ultimately depends on several factors. To explore this possibility:

Consult Your Attorney: Reach out to your attorney immediately to discuss your...
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Q: How much time do I have to file a Gross Miscarriage of Justice complaint

Thought that I was talking to a court appointed lawyer but was talking to the prosecutor

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answered on Dec 5, 2023

It's important to consult with a lawyer who has experience in criminal law and civil rights. They can provide guidance on the appropriate procedures, deadlines, and the strength of your complaint based on the details of your case.

Given the seriousness of the situation, where...
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Q: In Washington State what is the least amount of time for a harassment charge or threat to kill and have previous violent
Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Nov 26, 2023

I'm sorry there isn't enough information for me or any attorney to give you direct answer. We would need to sit down and talk about all the needed information and background to see what range of time you are facing. It all depends on criminal history, what you are actually charged with... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Washington on
Q: Lawyer won't respond to questions I asked takes a really long time to communicate like not until Court day okay or not?

So he States that my constitutional right to Due Process was violated and that the judge was extremely biased against me and he put in a motion to dismiss and suppress all evidence so it seems like he's doing a good job my lawyers before him lied to me about everything the part where he said... View More

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answered on Nov 5, 2023

If your attorney is not responding promptly and you feel this is impacting your right to a fair legal process, it's important to address the issue directly. Effective communication is a critical component of legal representation, and your attorney should keep you informed and involved in your... View More

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Q: Hi, a friend was driving a car that is licensed in my name and he got into a police chase that got called off a few mins

Hi, a friend was driving a car that is licensed in my name and he got into a police chase that got called off a few mins later so he ended up getting away etc ... He left the car out of town. Few days later I had a letter from police saying car was in the impound and the drivers section on the form... View More

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answered on Nov 3, 2023

Sorry to hear. A lawyer can carefully tell your side of the story.

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