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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Washington on

Q: Is there a limit of how long they can hold a minor on probable cause in detention?

Cristine Beckwith answered on Aug 21, 2019

A detention hearing must be held within 72 hours. That time period may be extended if the arrest falls on a weekend or holiday.

At that hearing the Judge will release the juvenile unless there is finding that further detention is required to ensure their appearance in court or to protect...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on

Q: I was a victim of rabbery 2, I know he is a first time felion. He has a public defender representing him.

I was wondering if someone could tell about how long of a sentence he might get?

Gary Kollin answered on Aug 21, 2019

You should contact the victim advocate at the prosecutor’s office

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on

Q: I am working with a young man who is about to plead guilty to 2 felony charges. He was born here but his parents do not

have legal status. Could his plea create problems for his parents? No one at the court is going to report the matter to immigration.

Kevin L Dixler answered on Aug 20, 2019

More information is needed about the felony charges, which may disqualify him as a petitioner for them depending upon the situation.

I strongly recommend that he retain a competent and experienced immigration attorney for an appointment or teleconference before there are any other...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on

Q: H1B - Switching Employer on Receipt Notice - In case of Denial can I switch to different employer without leaving US?

I am working on h1b with employer A and Visa is stamped valid till 2020. I94 is valid till 2020.

I am planning to move to Employer B, Visa transfer is in progress in premium processing and I am planning to start working with employer B on receipt notice.

Q: If the visa transfer is... Read more »

Hector E. Quiroga answered on Aug 19, 2019

It depends if you’ve accrued any unlawful presence (out of status). If you are able to stay in status during all of this, you should be able to do that.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Washington on

Q: I need a no contact order lifted. I have no money. What are my options?

Stan Glisson answered on Aug 19, 2019

Different courts handle these differently. First if there is a public defender on the case, ask her or him what the process is. If not, or if you don't know who that is, then call the court and ask them the procedure. You can do this without a lawyer and there are no costs. But if there is a lawyer... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Washington on

Q: Can a garnishment be stopped. I don't think I can bankrupt. But am willing to make payments easier to handle. 11k

Timothy Denison answered on Aug 16, 2019

Not likely except by agreement with the creditor. Make sure you can’t bankrupt before you move forward.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Internet Law and Securities Law for Washington on

Q: Someone keeps creating online accounts to send me foul messages and harass me, can I do anything about it legally?

My boyfriend’s ex girlfriend keeps creating social media profiles to get in touch with me, and recently the messages have turned threatening and has gotten my family involved. She even hacked into my boyfriend’s Facebook account, and messaged me pretending to be my boyfriend to get a nude photo... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 15, 2019

This is not a securities law question.

2 Answers | Asked in Sexual Harassment for Washington on

Q: If someone is sending around sexually explicit pictures of my body without my consent, what can I do about that?

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 12, 2019

The first thing you should do is STOP giving people "sexually explicit pictures of your body."

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on

Q: I am here in the US on ESTA with my minor child. My parents are Green card holders. They have petitioned for our I-130.

My mother recently became mentally ill (danger to herself and to others) and I would like to know if my child and I could extend our stay to 6months, so that we can leave when she is more stabilized.

Lana V. Elliott answered on Aug 10, 2019

I am sorry to hear about your mother's health issue. To answer your question; a stay under the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA) cannot be extended, unless there is an emergency medical situation (but it must be on the part of the applicant. I do not believe your mother's medical situation qualifies for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Probate, Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Washington on

Q: My Fathers wife promised me and my Father, that she'd give his kids half of the money from the sale of the house.

I cared for my Father for the past 14yrs until he passed. Spent 85% of my time with a my father making sure he took his meds and insulin and also took him to almost all his doctor appointments and surgeries. We pretty much did everything together. I have witnesses to her making these statements... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst answered on Aug 10, 2019

You might have grounds for suing your step mother for breach of contract. It sounds like there was an agreement and it was supported by consideration. The fact that there are witnesses to her promise is very helpful. Seek out a contract litigation attorney in your area.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate and Estate Planning for Washington on

Q: Father passed wks after remarrying in Washington with a Will. Does new widow get 50% of everything when nothing was her?

My father died just weeks after remarrying. The Will does not list his new wife. She brought nothing to the home. With a will, and with Washington being a community property state, does she automatically get 50% of everything? I know she should get something, but that doesn’t seem right for her... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst answered on Aug 10, 2019

Under the laws that apply when there is no will the spouse would inherit 100% of the community property, which is property acquired during the marriage. There was hardly time for that so I am guessing there is virtually none. When there are children the spouse inherits half of the separate property... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on

Q: If a minor drinks and is reported 2 months later can they get in trouble?

Hi so I’m in a situation where I was driving 2 of my drunk friends home (I have a permit not a license) they both have a license but they are underaged. I’m going to court in 2 weeks and I don’t want to get my friends in trouble so I don’t know if I should mention the fact they were drunk.... Read more »

Stan Glisson answered on Aug 6, 2019

You are right that they can't really file a criminal charge (like MIP) without some further evidence besides your statement. But if they are on any kind of probation, it could possibly be used against them. If they are in school, particularly in athletics, I could see some possible repercussions... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts for Washington on

Q: Do I have to pay lawyer fees beyond the retainer fee we agreed upon? I clearly stateted that I did not want to pay more.

We agreed on $3000 for up to 4 evictions. He ended up doing just one, but now wants $8000 more.

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 1, 2019

Don't know about Washington state law but in Florida--and in every other state I am aware of--unless the written representation agreement says that the retainer fee is to be applied to the hourly rate charges--the retainer fee is not connected with the terms regarding hourly rates. In other words:... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts for Washington on

Q: Do I have to pay lawyer fees beyond the retainer fee we agreed upon? I clearly stateted that I did not want to pay more.

We agreed on $3000 for up to 4 evictions. He ended up doing just one, but now wants $8000 more.

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 1, 2019

Don't know about Washington state law but in Florida--and in every other state I am aware of--unless the written representation agreement says that the retainer fee is to be applied to the hourly rate charges--the retainer fee is not connected with the terms regarding hourly rates. In other words:... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Constitutional Law for Washington on

Q: So I am correct a driver's license is not required for driving my vessel?

Stan Glisson answered on Aug 1, 2019

Not a driver's license, but a boater's license is required (for most people, depending on your age).

https://boat.wa.gov/BoatersCard.asp

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on

Q: Can you sue if you were a victim of prenatal drug exposure?

Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 30, 2019

It is possible you could, but there are not many details to go on here. You could arrange a consult with an attorney in Washington who could review the medical file. The drug isn't mentioned in your post, but you could also do some research on your own to learn if it is the subject of any class... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Washington on

Q: If put on probation as a juvenile and go on warrant status for probation violation will it be carried over as an adult?

Already pleaed guilty to his charges but was put on probation till a month after he's 18 . Now he has a warrant for not checking in . Willl his warrant be dropped or will it be carried over as an adult ?

Cristine Beckwith answered on Jul 29, 2019

Warrants generally freeze everything until they are quashed and the underlying issue addressed. The Court will continue to have jurisdiction over him even after he is 18.

He should contact an attorney to schedule the warrant quash hearing and assist him in ending probation and closing the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Washington on

Q: Looking for an attorney willing to go up against Boeing and their private insurer, Sedgewick.

Need someone who can help facilitate the dealings with Sedgewick, who is Boeing's private insurer, because they can't seem to get things right on a case that has been going on for 10+ years. Had 5 foot surgeries 10+ years ago. Finally got fixed with 5th one. About 1-1/2 years ago, re-opened my... Read more »

Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 27, 2019

I'm sorry for your frustrating ordeal. Maybe the best thing to do at this point would be to start looking up workers' comp attorneys in the Seattle area (if that's where you are, based on being employed by Boeing). Many of them provide free initial consults. You could look up attorneys here in the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on

Q: Can i travel outside of the US while i-485 is pending? I already applied for i-131 and completed the biometric

My son filed i-130 for me and concurrently filed i-485, i-131 and i-765. I completed the biometric. Can i travel before receiving reentry permit? My son can mail me the document before i fly back. the national center processing time shows 6-8 month for processing i-131 and i need to travel before... Read more »

Svetlana Kats answered on Jul 26, 2019

i don't recommend you to travel without travel document as your I-485 may be deemed abundant : the immigration services can truck your departure record if you leave the US

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Washington on

Q: If the state issued a DV protection order and I did not want one in the first place can it be dropped or cancelled

Cristine Beckwith answered on Jul 25, 2019

A DV protection order is petitioned for and controlled by the party seeking the order (petitioner). A criminal no contact order is entered by a Court typically at the request of the State (prosecutor).

If it is indeed a protection order, then you should be able to go to the Court house and...
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