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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Can i defend my dog with a firearm if it is getting trampled to death in my backyard as a felon. Girlfriends gun. Locked

It was locked and i gained access to it and tried all other means for help i could think of. Only charged with Unlawful possession of a firearm and nothing else. Cop justified the shooting of the cow.

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Jan 27, 2023

I am sorry but NO you can not possess a firearm for any reason. Make sure you follow the law so that you don't get charged with an offense that can be avoided by just remembering that your past actions have consequences.

Have a great day

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: Does this go on my record for jobs etc? And also what should I do?

I was pulled over for destruction of public property. They said the parks will sometimes make a deal instead of pressing charges. What should I do? Also if I work out a deal do this goes on my record for jobs and such?

Cristine Beckwith
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Cristine Beckwith
answered on Jan 25, 2023

Sorry to hear. Destruction of property can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony (depending on the level of damage). This definitely could go on your criminal record. It would be a good idea to reach out to a criminal defense attorney to see if they can investigate further...and hopefully work out... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: I was pulled over my boyfriend had a gun in the car and he forced me to keep the gun on me out fear I obeyed. What to do
Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Jan 13, 2023

Are you charged with a crime? Possession of a firearm? Something like that ?

Did you mention any of this to the officer?

Where was it found? How was it found?

Do you have your gun rights revoked so that it is a major charge against you for having the gun?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: I am a witness and have been incarcerated in same unit as defendant putting me in emotional distress very high profile c
Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Jan 9, 2023

Are you incarcerated because of a pending charge against you unrelated to the issue that you are a witness of?

Do you have an attorney? If not are you going to hire private counsel OR ask for the appointment of an attorney by the court to represent you?

my cell is 509-750-9921

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Washington on
Q: got notified that Im not legal to possess/own a firearm when I applied for the permit. I have never had a felony so why?

And how do I get this changed. I feel im being harrassed by the local sheriffs office after they had wrongly arrested me when my husband passed away. Long story, maybe I need to speak with someone about this to fill in all the ugly disgusting details. I live in Washington state. Please help

Cristine Beckwith
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Cristine Beckwith
answered on Jan 6, 2023

Sorry to hear. There are some misdemeanors with the Domestic Violence designation that can result in the loss of firearm rights.

I recommend that you contact a criminal defense attorney in your area to discuss your criminal history (if any) and to see if there is something there that...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: Do I have to petition to get my gun rights back in Washington state if a DV misdemeanor charge was dismissed?

The case was dismissed via pre-trial diversion agreement. No prior record in any state before or since. No order of protection nor under any investigations. This happened two years ago and the case was dismissed in 2021

Cristine Beckwith
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Cristine Beckwith
answered on Jan 3, 2023

A pretrial diversion agreement typically does not involve any finding or conviction. Because your case remained in pretrial status and was ultimately dismissed you will not lose your right to possess firearms as a result of entering into the agreement. You may want to confirm that your case was... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: How can I revoke a domestic violance statement

I completely overreacted and was very upset due to my past relationships

Cristine Beckwith
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Cristine Beckwith
answered on Dec 22, 2022

Sorry to hear. This is a very delicate matter since doing so could expose you to criminal charges, if you were to admit to making a false police report. Definitely speak to a criminal defense attorney before attempting to recant a statement. This should not be the same attorney that is defending... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Yes I was wondering what institutional hold meant
Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Dec 5, 2022

I don't understand your question completely and I need context. Is there someone that is being held in jail or at a state mental facility due to a criminal offense in the State of WA

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: I'm getting charged with prowling 2nd degree and theft 3. Besides traffic violations this would be my first criminal

I found what looked to be an abandoned vehicle so I stopped to look into it see what I can find, I got in and chickened out immediately and cops showed up as soon as I closed the door on my way out and turns out the vehicle was stolen.

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Nov 14, 2022

I already gave you advise about getting an attorney. You need help to explain the circumstances and get the prosecutor to understand what happened. HOWEVER, your decision to enter into the vehicle was criminal. You should NOT have done that. Get an attorney

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Being charged with vehicle prowling 2nd degree and theft 3. I was on the scene but I just found the car on the side

Never been in trouble before I don't know how to proceed

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Nov 14, 2022

I am an attorney here in Moses Lake WA, some 3 hours away from Seattle. I am not sure what county your charge is in but you need an attorney. If you can't afford to hire a private attorney ask the court to appoint you one. If your not eligible for the appointment of an attorney by the court... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: If I was charged with a class c felony as a minor can I purchase a firearm at 18? Or 21?
Jason Powers
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answered on Nov 6, 2022

When you say charged, do you mean convicted? If you were convicted, then your right to possess a firearm is likely revoked. You would need to get your right bear arms reinstated. The good news is that you may get that right reinstated if you have been crime free for 5 years. You would need to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Washington on
Q: Can I add more details to an old police report?

A year ago I called the police because my ex had assaulted me but they didn't find probable cause. Now I know there's a witness can I go and refile a police report? The witness is a minor, will this change the outcome? Is it worth the trouble of trying to press charges?

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Nov 4, 2022

You asking the wrong people! This is a question forum that goes to defense attorneys, not law enforcement or prosecutor's. We are the ones that would represent the accused.

With that say, NOBODY should have to put up with or deal with anyone assaulting them. If this happened to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Do I show that paper they sent me to my attorney or prosecutor attorney or for I ask it 2 be dismissed 2day or no?

I rented a car, on way 2 drop off had mechanical issues, was late 4 work so ☎️ them told them where pick car up... my mother picked me up. Now charging me w/stealing car when they sent me letter saying that they had the car & how much gas they had 2 put in it & whatnot. I have court... Read more »

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Oct 27, 2022

You need to ask for the court to appoint you an attorney because you are charged with a criminal offense of Theft of a motor vehicle it sounds like. OR if you can hire your own private attorney OR if the court says that you have to hire your own attorney DO IT.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: I have a Stimulation of countinuance final review hearing from a case back in June 2020 should I be concerned?
Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Oct 21, 2022

Are you saying that you have a Stipulated order of continuance on a criminal case in the State of WA? You live now in Utah?

Do you have any attorney here in the WA assuming that your case that you are asking about is from WA?

Did you complete all the conditions for the continuance?...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: I need to know how to help my girlfriend get out of a dv assault 4 on me. We can just end the relationship and her not

We were just arguing and she also has a drug problem as well as mental issues and has been off her zannex for a long time and it makes her a bit off the handle i dont want her to be in jail but just not be together any more. How can i help it be ended

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Oct 10, 2022

Sounds like you are alleged victim of an assault case and you would like to inform the prosecutor of some change or something different. It is a GOOD idea before you do this to contact a criminal defense attorney FOR YOURSELF so that your interests are protected and you don't get yourself... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: I was involved in a mva I was cited for Careless Driving now after a week later they say they wanna charge me wit

Now they wanna charge me with a Duii after they already released me can they do that

Cristine Beckwith
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Cristine Beckwith
answered on Sep 27, 2022

Hi, sorry to hear. Yes the State can charge you with DUI after releasing you. Washington State has two years to file charges for a gross misdemeanor such as DUI.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: living salt lake city Utah June 29 2022 felony warrant grays harbor Washington possession with intent ? Extradite me ?

If I'm stopped by police here in Utah will they extradite me back to wa state

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Sep 26, 2022

For a felony warrant it is possible. Not guaranteed

You should contact an attorney in that county (or in WA State) and get something started before you get picked up and maybe a court date can be set and an appearance done so that you don't have to START the process in jail. That is my advise.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: If some one is in jail and they are Hispanic and the race shown says he is white and the suspect theh are looking for is

White wouldent they just be fitting him as the victom

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Sep 15, 2022

Your question seems to be, If the alleged suspect of an alleged crime is White, why is there an Hispanic person being held in jail for the crime?

If this is true, it is because the report was supplemented with information against the person in custody OR there is something that was pointing...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Appeals / Appellate Law for Washington on
Q: if someone is supposed to go do 60 days can they ask for home monitoring instead and just do more time?

already been sentenced and pleaded guilty

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Aug 17, 2022

You needed to ask for this clarification at the time of sentencing because it sounds like the Judge sentenced this person to 60 days jail and so that is the way it is.

If there are circumstances that have changed that wasn't available to be talked about or discussed when it was done in...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: Do I have a criminal or civil case? Officer did not act on my request for help, weeks later child killed someone.

Child has been sentenced for murder however I asked the police chief for help just weeks & days before my child commited murder. He conspired with my husband to keep it quiet about stabbing months prior & ignored my pleas for help.

I specifically told the chief that when the moms... Read more »

Eric Gene Young
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answered on Jun 23, 2022

Unfortunately, as upsetting as this must be, the facts you described are not likely to constitute either a civil or criminal matter for you. On the civil side, law enforcement officers in federal actions are entitled to qualified immunity which shields them from liability unless they knowingly... Read more »

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