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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Q: My Boyfriend has been going to court for 9 years to see what he can do about his visa. His lawyer hasnt done nothing

I feel he has got riped off .

Adan Vega
Adan Vega answered on Feb 25, 2021

The immigration court system is bogged down with more than 1.2 million cases and some cases have been pending for 9 years and more.

You can always ask the attorney to provide you with an update and a copy of the file.

You can also visit an experienced immigration attorney and...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Deferred prosecution in 2006. Charge was dissmissed & was to be expunged. Why did it show up on a background check?

Many years ago, I had a criminal charge that was handled on a Deferred Prosecution. I was fully complient with all terms and the charge was dismissed one year later. I thought it was to be expunged.

I'm wondering why this charge showed up and what I can do to get it expunged. Thanks in... Read more »

Jennifer Melissa Azure
Jennifer Melissa Azure answered on Feb 24, 2021

Unfortunately, when cases are dismissed after a deferred period, it is still considered to be a "conviction" because there was a finding of guilt. Although the case has been dismissed it may still show up on background checks as a dismissed charge. How your case would be handled is... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Washington on
Q: Will chapter 7 eliminate a civil judgment? What about others listed on the judgment not filing?

Husband and I are filing chapter 7 to discharge a civil judgment. However our son is also on the judgment, will they come after him after we file?

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
W. J. Winterstein Jr. answered on Feb 20, 2021

In a Ch. 7, the automatic stay, and the permanent injunction included in the final Discharge, only protects the debtors who file the bankruptcy case. Assuming that the civil judgment is not for a non-dischargeable kind of debt (e.g., fraud, willful destruction, and specified kinds of personal... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Can a warrant be issued by the court for not submitting DNA after being released?

All my cases have been closed dispite not giving DNA, ive called the local bails bonds and they said that all my cases show that they are closed and that there wasnt any court dates or warrant issuance.

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Feb 16, 2021

Absolutely. The normal process is to set a court date first, then issue a warrant at that hearing. But if providing a DNA sample was a court requirement, and it wasn't done, then the court can definitely issue a warrant.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: My brother in law got ran over what are his options? He developed health problems that doctors can't diagnose

The responsible driver ran him over and hit multiple cars. We are not sure what types of compensation he is eligible for, and we do not know if a DUI test was performed on the responsible driver. The responsible driver only has liability insurance. What type of lawyer should he get?

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Feb 11, 2021

He should talk to a personal injury firm, but ideally one that also does some criminal / DUI work.

They will be able to pursue maximum compensation for him, and also guide him through the criminal process and obtain information for him so he understands how the case is being handled on the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Washington on
Q: Can the DA in district court compel a victim of domestic violence class c misdemeanor to testify in a an MTR hearing?

Even if he didnt press charges or participate in the municipal case against defendant/girlfriend? Ok he got a summons to appear at my MTR hearing to testify for the state. This is not the municipal where the charges are. This is an MTR hearing that is scheduled for another reason having nothing to... Read more »

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Feb 11, 2021

If you are asking if a DA can subpoena an alleged victim or witness to testify in a case than YES the DA can do this. There are different ways or methods of getting a subpoena to a person so if the person that is being asked to testify has questions about their rights that person should consult... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: i worked at glass company as a machine operator got sick from the chemical being used in the metal window

i was hospitalized for ten days with a breathing problem in my lungs this was over 10 yrs ago which has been a problem for me

Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak answered on Feb 11, 2021

It sounds like you may have an occupational disease. Unless some 3rd party (read: not your employer) was responsible for your condition, you are likely limited to a workers' compensation claim. You don't state whether you still work there or not. The deadline for occupational diseases is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: Is it worth hiring a traffic lawyer for a moving violation in a rental car?

I recently got a ticket for going "too fast for road conditions" and sliding over an embankment. The rental company's insurance got billed instead of my own, so I'm not sure if it would even affect my insurance rates, and that's the only reason I would consider hiring one... Read more »

Jahnis John Abelite
Jahnis John Abelite answered on Feb 9, 2021

That depends. That the rental car company insurance will pay for the damage is not the point. You received the ticket because of your driving and the vehicle damage issue is not relevant. If you decide to defend the ticket yourself and you lose because the court rules against you, it will go on... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI and Immigration Law for Washington on
Q: Can I apply for citizenship even though I have a DUI on my background?

I have my green card residency for more than 20 years and I want to apply for my citizenship but I don't know if I can because I have a DUI on my background. What can I do and what is the process like?

Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga answered on Feb 8, 2021

It seems unlikely that a single DUI would negatively impact your application for citizenship. Applicants for citizenship must show 5 years of good moral character, so if the DUI was in the last five years you might want to wait until more than five years have passed. You will also want to make sure... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: Can I get a speeding ticket in the mail if I was not pulled over?
Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Feb 8, 2021

Short answer yes, it happens all the time.

Most often from traffic cameras, but that is not the only source.

The fact that the ticket can be issued that way doesn't mean that these tickets can't be beaten though. A ticket that was issued by mail almost always has...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: How do I file a assault charge

I was assaulted and the police came to the scene and made a report. I told them I wanted to file. But the Cop just gave me his card with a incident # on it. I've called but can't seem to get a return call.

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Feb 8, 2021

I would keep calling the officer, he is the one who can tell you the status of the investigation.

I would also call the prosecutor's office that the report is to be sent to. They can tell you if their office has received the report yet, and if they have made a decision about whether...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Domestic Violence for Washington on
Q: Trying to have my over 15 year old records sealed and esponge so I can own a fire arm again to protect my family and my

How much is it going to cost and how do I file federal statutes of limitations is way ben up

Jennifer Melissa Azure
Jennifer Melissa Azure answered on Feb 6, 2021

Restoration of your firearm rights, vacating, sealing or expunging your record can all be done in Washington State, but definitely depends upon your history. You can complete the firearm restoration in either the county where the offense was committed, or the jurisdiction you are currently living.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Washington on
Q: My brother died without a will should I hire a probate attorney or does the only heir hire the attorney?

I have been paying all his bills & will pay for the funeral but want to be reimbursed.

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Feb 4, 2021

Both you and the only heir need to hire a probate attorney. You need to hire a probate attorney to assert your claim for reimbursement. The only heir will want to hire a probate attorney to ensure the proper administration of the estate and his or her inheritance. The nearest kin will also want... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Washington on
Q: My son just turned 18 is he still required to visit his non custodial parent?

We live in Washington state. I am receiving support from the non custodial parent until he graduates high school per the support agreement.

Vincent J. Bernabei
Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Feb 2, 2021

An 18 year old is considered an adult and is no longer subject to a court order for parenting time.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Washington on
Q: Can a fire dept. use an image based on Rocket from Guardians of the Galaxy as their station logo? (FF's = Guardians)

I am Logistics Chief of a mid-sized fire department. To encourage camaraderie at the fire stations, personnel are encouraged to come up with a station logo / mascot. One station in particular at my department has a main response area that covers the "gate" of a major military base.... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Jan 13, 2021

You should ask nicely to Marvel. They may say yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: who is the best Medical malpractice lawyer in Seattle
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 12, 2021

There are many excellent med mal attorneys in Seattle and in the rest of Washington State. You could probably find peer reviews online. You could also look through attorneys listed on this site by region (the Find-a-Lawyer tab above), you could run your own independent searches, and you could look... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: I have a question ..if I entered a guilty plea can I withdraw my guilty plea ..before sentencing day ?

Can I hire a lawyer and fire the public defender ?

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Jan 8, 2021

Yes you can withdraw a plea of guilty to a case before sentencing but it is VERY VERY HARD to do.

Typically it isn't allowed by the Judge because when you entered your plea of guilty the Judge asked you a bunch of questions about your decision to enter the plea of guilty and whether...
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1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability, Car Accidents and Collections for Washington on
Q: My rental car was stolen while I had the keys on me and now I'm being asked to pay for the vehicle. Is that right?

I was originally told I wouldnt be held responsible since I was in possession of the keys

Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak answered on Jan 6, 2021

I'm sorry that happened to you. The process here will be dictated by the contract with the rental car company. Assuming you have insurance, the worst case scenario is you've got to pay the deductible for your own insurance company.

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: Hospital didn’t take percationary measures to prevent DVTs while completely immobile for 3 weeks unde there care.

I was hospitalized for about a month completely confined to my bed unable to move from my bed to even go to the bathroom From a serious life threatening infection in the joint in my hip... already known to have and at very high risk for blood clots, they did not take any precautionary measures to... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 3, 2021

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. I'm sorry for your ordeal. Unfortunately, it is difficult for an attorney to offer meaningful input here - your situation calls for a medical opinion. As a starting point, you could reach out to med mal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Washington on
Q: If my painting was used on a blog with my permission, can another online publication use same image if I own copyright?
Timothy John Billick
Timothy John Billick answered on Dec 28, 2020

It depends on what rights you gave to the blog, and if your subsequent usage would exceed those rights. Talk with an experienced copyright lawyer.

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