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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: I was arrested and made aware of an restraining order by officer. He showed me on computer. I ever got paper copy¿

This has now caused me to miss court date as I never received any info on court date or what allegations I was. Looking at. I call the court and was told officer had done the service but never received any paperwork

Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Oct 9, 2020

Sorry to hear. An attorney can file a motion to reconsider for lack of service. You should contact an attorney ASAP.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Rights and International Law for Washington on
Q: What would I do if I believe this page is endangering my father's life

I believe this article to be neglegant endangerment. Who can I reach out to.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 16, 2020

A Washington attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for three weeks. You could reach out to the publisher and ask them to take the page down while expressing your concerns. If that doesn't work, you could reach out to an attorney for a consult to explore options. You could... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Washington on
Q: Does an officer have to have a provable reason to pull u over

Case Description: So I had been driving home from getting my daughter and got lit up by a sheriff. I was about 100 yards from my driveway so I made the decision of not stopping right away and continuing to my driveway so my car wouldn’t possibly get towed and my daughter would have to be stuck in... Read more »

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Jul 11, 2020

They don't have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed an infraction or something to pull you over. But there has to be a reason that they can explain and have some testimony towards the reason(s). For example, he could be saying I saw that this vehicle was traveling over the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Personal Injury and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: A vapo was placed on me with hearsay. They demanded gun be turned in. Never used in any way to threaten ect. My rights
Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on May 17, 2020

Hello, I would need more information to help you. We are available until 9pm this evening for a free phone consultation and tomorrow morning at 9am.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Business Law and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: call a company and they are in a 2 party state and you tell them you do not want the call to be recorded, and they deny

if you call a company and they are in a 2 party state and you tell them you do not want the call to be recorded, and they say then we cannot continue with the call . is this legal? and what are we supposed to do next? we have a account business with them. if something comes up and its urgent or... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 10, 2020

Rather than just give you a short curt answer with no explanation, let's try to reason this situation out, OK?

In case you have not noticed, nearly every business on planet earth is recording every conversation had with every customer, about everything talked about, every day, all...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Small Claims for Washington on
Q: I was discriminated against at a Motel because I have a service dog.

After paying for a room, providing them a credit card for incidentals and being issued my room keys. The clerk at the front counter told me that I could not have the room because of my service dog. She told me that I must be put in a room specifically for dogs. I informed her it is against federal... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 14, 2020

Your frustration is understandable, but the time and resources you might expend in pressing the matter will far exceed a few $10 overpayments. You could consult with a Washington attorney to discuss options, but it isn't likely to be a free initial consultation. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Washington on
Q: Is there an available attorney to assist on a contingent civil matter for Everett, WA?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 15, 2019

It could depend on what the matter is. Your question remains open because this is more of a question & answer board than a lawyer referral service. You could go to the Find-a-Lawyer tab above to the left and look for lawyers in your area and in the legal area involved. If it involves an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: How do I get power of attorney back after signing it to my mom
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 10, 2019

Have a lawyer review the Power of Attorney document you signed to determine how to properly rescind that POA. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Small Claims for Washington on
Q: How do I take legal action against a dog handler extorting me and get my dog back, and without harm to dog?

Update

verbal agreement of breeding- handler is extorting me by not returning my dog unless I give her 500 cash and sign a contract I have never seen.

Handler has had my dog for a week to breed. Handler decided she now needs a written contract, and stalled me after driving 2 hours... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Dec 24, 2018

See: https://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=9.08.070. This law makes it a crime to steal or otherwise harm a pet animal in WA State. The application of this law is fact dependent. Also, it sounds like your opponent is claiming a lien on your dog, though I only know of such liens in the case... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Health Care Law and Insurance Bad Faith for Washington on
Q: If a Washington State (exempt) agency committed fraud can they be sued?

If a Washington State (exempt) agency knowingly false reported, selectively deleted protected permanent records, committed fraud and theft $588,000 and intentionally neglected claimant to cause death can they be sued under tort law?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 23, 2018

You would need to discuss this with a Washington attorney at the soonest. I do not practice in Washington but your question was not picked up for four weeks. If you are contemplating legal action, you should consult with an attorney without delay because there could be notice of claim filing... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Is it constitutional to require urine analysis upon demand prior to being found guilty?

Is it unconstitutional for a court to put stipulations upon a persons before they're found guilty by jury of their peers

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Aug 23, 2018

Generally yes.

"the trial court erred when it determined that Wilson was unlikely to appear for future court dates and, accordingly, such a finding cannot support the trial court's imposition of weekly UAs for Wilson."

State v. Rose, 146 Wash. App. 439, 451, 191...
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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Civil Rights and Energy, Oil and Gas for Washington on
Q: How can I find a civil rights pro Bono attorney when municipal and district are my enemy and I'm indigent?

I'm a homeowner who is now homeless with an arrest record and public deffimation of character mearly because a city wants their water plan and new road built, without care for those less fortunate

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 29, 2018

Local or state bar association.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: What type of lawyer do I need to talk to if I wanted to sue a police officer for using excessive force and harassment

The officer broke my husbands femur and when I finally figured out where my husband was the officer lied to me and told me he slipped on the curb and broke his femur when reality of it was the officer broke his femur by grabbing him n pulling him down to arrest him

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Oct 13, 2017

Depending on what county the incident happened in, search for terms like police misconduct, civil rights, personal injury. Find a few firms and call them to discuss the specifics of your case. Firms may not specifically advertise for this type of work, that doesn't mean they don't handle... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Personal Injury and Social Security for Washington on
Q: Looking for defined period disability for mental disability. I had a severe psychotic episode at work a week ago.

I'm about to be homeless and am not capable of holding a job. I have gone for psychiatric help in the past and received no help. I do not require medication. I've had several severe head injuries but have no record or proof of them.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 9, 2017

You can make a claim but you have to show that you have had a medical disability that has prevented you from work for twelve months or longer. I'm not seeing that you have the medical proof of that.

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law, Civil Rights, Criminal Law and Education Law for Washington on
Q: Can you record conversation that you are a party too?

if I call my daughters school can I record conversation of their office employee who lies about prior conversations and has caused problems but her supervisor didn't believe you before so you will be able to prove it? (Can't say it is being recorded because then she won't speek... Read more »

Ryan Ford
Ryan Ford answered on Jul 11, 2017

No. Pursuant to RCW 9.73.030, you may not record your conversation with the office employee without her consent. RCW 9.73.030 does, however, offer a caveat:

"Where consent by all parties is needed pursuant to this chapter, consent shall be considered obtained whenever one party has...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Civil Rights and Public Benefits for Washington on
Q: hello? my section 8 voucher got denied even though i am an eligible non citizen

is it a civil right law violation?

or under the protected status?

I am under withholding of removal. I have employment authorization card, but Seattle Housing Authority demanded to provide I-94 which i do not have one. I cannot travel outside of US and come back and i don't... Read more »

Kyndra Mulder
Kyndra Mulder answered on Apr 21, 2017

Your question can not be answered because you have offered no facts.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: If you have found a house that has been abanded over three years and you move part way in and doing repairs on the house

and have a notary about adverese possession and some showed up claiming to be the owner what rights do i have

Ben F Meek III
Ben F Meek III answered on Mar 3, 2017

Your rights are probably limited to gathering your things and going peaceably or risk being forcibly removed. Your attempt to establish ownership by adverse possession will probably fail, because the period for which you must actually, openly, notoriously, continuously occupy the property against... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Personal Injury and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: What is valid service of process? Can improper service set aside a judgement? Does service have a SOL?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 19, 2016

Each state has its own rules and law on service of process. For instance to answer your second question depends on the state's body of laws regarding that--some states say you must ring it up sooner, some say later.Some states require that the process be reissued.It's not for non-lawyers

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Libel & Slander, Personal Injury and Employment Law for Washington on
Q: Can I hold my old boss the hotel and Wyndham Corp.liable for my boss lieng to police leading to my arrest and term.

The GM of the hotel lied to police I was arrested fired evicted from my on site apt she did this so she could employ her husband I lost everything became homeless my life is a mess

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 29, 2016

Talk to an employment law specialist--there are a number in Philadelphia. This does sound like there are problematic aspects, but most give free consultations so ask for one.

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