Washington Questions & Answers

Q: Can I apply for green card if I have a misdemeanor record?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Identity Theft and Immigration Law for Washington on
Answered on Nov 20, 2017

In general, with shoplifting, if it was only once, it is unlikely to be an issue. We strong recommend consulting with an immigration attorney so you can discuss the details of your particular case.
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Q: How can I (victim) terminate a no contact order if it's set for 47 years? We have 3 kids & his first conviction.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Washington on
Answered on Nov 19, 2017

As the protected party you will need to go before the court that issued the NCO. Some of the procedure depends on if the order was issued via a criminal case, an anti-harassment case or a family law matter. If the NCO a final order or pending the outcome of a criminal trial or divorce decree? These are questions that need to be clarified. The length of the order seems extremely excessive. The court may delete the NCO, shorten the duration of the order or deny your motion. You will need...
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Q: If I got pulled over for a speeding ticket. And I’m 18 will my mom find out?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Nov 16, 2017

No one from the court system will intentionally contact her, if that's what you mean.

If you pay the ticket (by going to the courthouse and paying in person), that's the end of the court case. It will appear on your driver's record though, so if you are on her insurance she might find out through them. If you pay by internet or mail, they might mail you some kind of receipt.

If you contest (or mitigate) the ticket, then they will send you notice in the mail of a court date. So...
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Q: My 14 yr old son was charged with 4th degree assault and arrested what will happen to him

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Washington on
Answered on Nov 14, 2017

Your son should qualify for a diversion agreement if he has no prior criminal history and no prior diversions. This would be completed instead of an actual court action against him. He may be required to attend a class, meet with a diversion board or some type of remedial service. The benefit of a diversion is that it is even more of a rehabilitation system than juvenile court and there are no findings of guilt. I am not familiar with your jurisdiction in Vancouver specifically, but based upon...
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Q: I was driving my personal vehicle when driving from sales meeting in tri cities to work in yakima and i was on the cloc

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Washington on
Answered on Nov 11, 2017

Only if you had an agreement with them. Otheriwise, presumably you received mileage which in part would compensate you for insurance which is what should cover your damage. If you chose to not get insurance, your baby.

However you have a comp claim and should contact a member of the State of Washington Assn for Justice who handles comp--they give free consults.
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Q: If I've already taken some steps toward filing a personal injury lawsuit and then realize I need to hire an attorney

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Answered on Nov 10, 2017

Definitely not too late. You can get an attorney on your case at any time, although generally sooner is better before any strategy decisions are made and committed to. My office would be happy to discuss it with you, or you can search on line for personal injury attorneys.
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Q: Accident! I'm not at fault. I'm not reg owner of car. Is reg owner responsible? Me: no lic/ins Driver: no lic but ins

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Washington on
Answered on Nov 10, 2017

Your roommate is fine, nothing is going to happen to him. Make sure you (both) transfer the title when the sale is done, it can be a crime if you don't. In the meantime, respond to the ticket within 14 days or it will go to collections. If you contest or mitigate it, and get a license prior to the court date, your fine may be significantly reduced.

If you were injured at all in the crash, or the car was damaged, you should still open an insurance claim; the fact that you weren't...
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Q: I’m trying to determine if this patent is what I’m looking to create - https://patents.justia.com/patent/8656283

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents for Washington on
Answered on Nov 7, 2017

Thanks for caring enough about doing the right thing to ask a question. The technical term for what you are asking is called freedom to operate (FTO) or sometimes "clearance". You are asking whether there are concrete legal rights that exist that would impinge on your freedom to operate in the manner you wish to do. To do this correctly, one would need to carefully study both your proposed product and the claims of the relevant patents. I will not do that here, but will provide you with...
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Q: If you cause an accident with no license and no insurance what kind of trouble could you be in?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Nov 6, 2017

Pay the damage and get a full release of all claims. You could foul things up by not having insurance or a license in which case it's unlikely--but possible--your car could be impounded if you insist on driving it.
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Q: Do I have to pay child support if I have not received the divorce decree/child support papers?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Washington on
Answered on Nov 5, 2017

Did you already inform court about your personal status i.e. on military duty and stationed in a diff. state? Did you also request for exemption at divorce hearing? If yes, then do not expect drastic decision as was informed by your ex.

Better check through online the proceedings, if available, or call your Attorney, if any, for status update. Copy of written order can be obtained prior to a divorce decree and order for child support for you to apply that.
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Q: Can a county judge in district court deny use of medical marijuana ?

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI and Criminal Law for Washington on
Answered on Nov 3, 2017

Yes. Some courts deny a person on either pretrial supervision or probation to abstain, even if medical. Since the law was changed to legalize marijuana that has been on the decrease. If it happens a person may need to get proof from their doctor and provide it to the court.
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Q: What happens if the person who filed a restraining order violates it? And what happens if the person filed on responds?

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Washington on
Answered on Nov 3, 2017

A restraining order forbids the restrained party from violating its' conditions. The party who sought the order is not under any restraints. That means if the person who filed the order contacts the restrained person nothing will happen to them. The restrained party till cannot contact that person in ANY way. They restrained person cannot answer the phone, respond to a text or even say hello if the person who filed says it first. My advice to a restrained party is if you see the other...
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Q: Do child labor laws apply to 18 year old high school students in the state of Washington?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Juvenile Law for Washington on
Answered on Oct 29, 2017

18 yrs old or above does not fall under child labour laws ...
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Q: In park after closed. Wrong year of car written on ticket and statement. Can it be dismissed?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Criminal Law and Municipal Law for Washington on
Answered on Oct 26, 2017

Why on earth are you doing a jury trial pro se? No, the errors on the citation aren't going to get you a dismissal. No, you do not NEED to subpoena the officer, unless you really want him to be there. I can't imagine the city can put on their case without him, so they will subpoena him.
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Q: What is an average sentence for 3 warrants for traffic tickets that weren't paid if arrested?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Oct 26, 2017

I would have to have some more detail. Traffic "tickets" usually means infractions, like speeding. Warrants can't be issued on those though, so I'm not sure what you mean.

Unpaid infractions result in a suspension, and driving while suspended is a crime. If that is what you're dealing with, it sounds like a 'third degree' suspension, which doesn't typically involve jail at all. It is a pretty minor offense in the grand scheme. The person should contact the court that has the...
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Q: I live in washington state and i got turned down for a job because of charges from 2009. does this violate fcra laws?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Employment Law for Washington on
Answered on Oct 24, 2017

Please elaborate further. What charges did you face in 2009 say about 8 years back? What was the outcome of those charges? Did you lose your job then? Did you contest those charges? etc. This would help me to render a specific advice.
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Q: Can the on-site manager threaten me after I moved out?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Answered on Oct 22, 2017

Your question is not that clear to make a specific advice. What does your rent contract speak about entering into your apt with (or without) permission by on-site manager? If he had no permission or had to seek before entry then all that was an offence/trespassing. Taking photographs and then texting threatening message is another offence. Did you take inventory of items at time you moved in that appt? If you noted down the condition of items that will help you to sort out the matter.
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Q: Will the county auditor report me when I go to transfer a car title into my name after 45 days?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Oct 20, 2017

As far as I know, it's only a crime to DRIVE the car if the registration isn't transferred in 45 days. If you aren't driving it, no crime. No reason for the auditor's office to report you, and I can't imagine they would even if you did drive the car there.

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Q: I am an American wanting to work in Canada but I do not want to lose my citizenship. Will I lose it if I accept a job?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Immigration Law for Washington on
Answered on Oct 19, 2017

You can lose your citizenship if you swear allegiance to another country. Perhaps you don’t need to be a citizen of Canada, however, just their equivalent of a permanent resident.
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Q: My son was on Ritalin from 5 yrs old until I took him off at 12 yrs old.is there a class action lawsuit ?

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Answered on Oct 18, 2017

You question need further elaboration and clarity. What class action lawsuit you like to follow?
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