Washington Questions & Answers

Q: In Seattle, WA, is marijuana a "controlled substance"?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Answered on May 23, 2017

Legally, yes; marijuana is still a controlled substance. And paraphernalia can be just about anything used to ingest or store drugs (the definition is: all equipment, products, and materials of any kind which are used, intended for use, or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling,...
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Q: Hi, My son had an accident at school during recess time and broke his left arm. On further investigation, it was found

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Answered on May 22, 2017

You should notify the school in writing that your son has been harassed by other students. If you have previously provided notice, and nothing was done to protect your son, you may have a claim for negligence against the school. The school should notify the parents of the students who caused the injury, and take disciplinary action against the students. The parents of the students who caused the injury could be liable for up to $5,000 for injuries that their child maliciously or willfully...
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Q: Is it legal to drive with headphones on?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on May 19, 2017

Nope, not for music. Is allowed on a motorcycle for the purpose of communicating with other people, or hands free communication devices (bluetooth) in a car.

RCW 46.37.480(2) No person shall operate any motor vehicle on a public highway while wearing any headset or earphones connected to any electronic device capable of receiving a radio broadcast or playing a sound recording for the purpose of transmitting a sound to the human auditory senses and which headset or earphones muffle or...
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Q: Am I required to answer questions from the other driver's insurance company after a car accident?

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Answered on May 15, 2017

Definitely not, and it is sometimes very damaging to your case to do so. Talk to a lawyer right away, before you give a statement to the other side. They are trained and skilled in obtaining statements from you that are subject to misinterpretation down the road.
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Q: My son lives in Washington St & has a hearing that is scheduled in 10 days that he just found out. Can he call in ?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Washington on
Answered on May 4, 2017

He can of the judge approves it. He should file a motion, ASAP, to appear by phone.
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Q: Divorcing my spouse & we started a construction company about 25 years ago, suspect corp embezzlement by him & officers

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Tax Law, Business Law and Divorce for Washington on
Answered on May 3, 2017

You are likely going to need a business attorney in your area to represent you in any dealings with these creditors who are hounding you. The business attorney should be able to advise you on any potential exposure to creditors claims and defend you if any creditors attempt to collect against you for the debts of the business.

It sounds as if you already have divorce counsel to assist you in the divorce proceedings, but if you have not you most certainly need an experienced divorce...
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Q: Would it be Illegal to sell a hockey jersey that does not have the NHL logo or the name Reebok anywhere on it?

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for Washington on
Answered on Apr 29, 2017

The key question in trademark law is whether there is a likelihood that a consumer would be confused about the source of the jersey. There are a bunch of parts of a jersey that might indicate its provenance, including the design, the team name, any logos, team colors, etcetera that could all be used to inform a consumer where the jersey came from. If the jersey looked exactly like a team jersey, but it was missing the Reebok and NHL logos, a consumer might still be confused about the source of...
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Q: Would a current Land Patent from 1865, supersede the 1969 Clark, WA, code regulation regarding land use in a flood way ?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Land Use & Zoning and Patents for Washington on
Answered on Apr 25, 2017

A land patent is the highest proof of title over land. It is extremely authoritative. With that said, the laws of the jurisdiction will dictate your ability to use and develop the property. Ownership is only a piece of the puzzle. Your rights to improve the property are still subject to Oregon law.
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Q: Do you have a constitutional right to travel in your own personal vehicle without a driver's license?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Washington on
Answered on Apr 24, 2017

Travel in: Yes.

Drive: No.
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Q: Is it true that if the officer doesn't show up to traffic court the ticket goes away?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Apr 21, 2017

If you served him or her with a subpoena then generally yes.

But if you don't, any report he or she generated is admissible evidence and they don't need to be there.
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Q: Legal nurse consultant wants to attend med mal hearings in Western Washington. How do I find calendar of cases?

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Answered on Apr 21, 2017

You would have to go to the court's trial list, look for cases against doctors or hospitals. Or you can contact attorneys that handle such cases and find out if they have any going to trial.
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Q: Hi. I caught my pediatric oral surgeon having an affair with my wife (Seattle, WA). I have damages. Can I sue?

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Answered on Apr 21, 2017

Contact a member of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Assn--there used to be a case for alienation of affections, for such cases. You won't get everything but worth looking at.
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Q: hello? my section 8 voucher got denied even though i am an eligible non citizen

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Civil Rights and Public Benefits for Washington on
Answered on Apr 21, 2017

Your question can not be answered because you have offered no facts.
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Q: Is there any experienced LTD attorneys in Spokane, wa?

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, Insurance Bad Faith and Legal Malpractice for Washington on
Answered on Apr 14, 2017

Look for an attorney who handles ERISA claims--strt with the State of Washington Assn for Justice--they give free consults. However, 15 years is in most cases way too late for a case like yours.
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Q: How can you get previous domestic violence history on your abuser

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Washington on
Answered on Apr 13, 2017

Well, conviction history is public record. One easy way to get it is to order a WATCH report from Washington State Patrol. You can do it on line at WSP's website, I think they charge ten dollars.

If there were no criminal convictions, there may be sources of court documents from previous requests for no - contact orders, or maybe criminal charges that were filed but that did not result in convictions. You would probably have to go to the appropriate court houses and file public records...
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Q: I live in Idaho but was in Washington caring for a family member.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Washington on
Answered on Apr 10, 2017

If you are convicted of DUI with a refusal of the test, the minimum penalty is 48 hours in jail.

Most courts have some kind of alternative program, so you should definitely talk to a lawyer who practices in that court and find out what your best course of action is.
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Q: My sister is dead I believe that she was given poor care that resulted in that death. Her son was giving care for her.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for Washington on
Answered on Apr 8, 2017

Possibly but no one will take the case because on the DA's side he lacked criminal intent and on the civil, he doesn't carry malpractice insurance.
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Q: If a person is on aricept and they get into a car accident - what are the concerns with lawsuits?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Elder Law and Wrongful Death for Washington on
Answered on Apr 4, 2017

The driver and his doctor may have exposure if the person is a danger. If they are, the family have a moral duty to reign them in.

As far as assets, it depends on the state, if there's a spouse, etc. Can the person be sued?Any person can. Best protection is get a large policy. the Attorney is interested in collecting from a policy, they aren't interested in going after people for their home.
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Q: Can I legally be in law enforcement with a class c felony ( unlawful poss firearm) even though I got my gun rights back?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Employment Law for Washington on
Answered on Apr 3, 2017

If you are considering a career in law enforcement, I think you definitely want to vacate your record if you can. I don't know if it is 'legally' impossible for you to work in LE, but as a practical matter I can't imagine you getting hired. Your ability to testify in court is extremely compromised if you are a convicted felon, it is probably admissible as impeachment material every time you testify. The jury would hear it, making it very difficult for prosecutors to build a case around your...
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Q: How much time will I get for Theft in the Second Degree and Trafficking stolen property in the Second degree?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Answered on Apr 3, 2017

If a person is convicted of both crimes, the standard sentence range is from three to eight months in jail.

It is certainly common that plea negotiations result in lesser charges, but to find out if that is a possibility in your individual case you should talk to a lawyer right away. They may have some advice that can help put you in a better situation.
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