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Q: in a DV case simple assault so I need a lawyer? The victim damaged a fingernail while hitting me with a pillow.
Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Nov 4, 2019

Sounds like you need to talk to a lawyer directly, yes. The domestic violence accusation can have some far reaching consequences, so I would recommend you call a lawyer as soon as you can.

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Q: What do the points mean in the legal system. My son has 3 but on paper it says 6

Why was he give 12 year for first time offender?

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Oct 28, 2019

For felony crimes, the standard sentence range (where the judge is expected to sentence) is established by the number of "points" the defendant has. For example, any prior felony conviction generally counts as a point, and increased the standard sentence range. There are other factors in an... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Washington on
Q: My 14 year old daughter has been charged felony harassment. This is her 1st offence. Will she be found guilty?

She had just got suspended from school for fighting the girl she sent the snapchat to. In the snapchat it states some people have "shooters". She was charged with felony harassment. What should be my next step?

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 27, 2019

Stop talking and writing by everyone.

Retain an attorney

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Washington on
Q: Would a criminal history from 25-30 years ago prevent a person from taking the bar.All related to drug addiction

Felony malicious mischief, lying to the police, dui, glue sniffing, various other crimes all within a few years time 1994. Then a dui in 2003.Rehabilitation then nothing more than 2 speeding tickets from 03-2019. Graduated with honors BS Paralegal Studies and become a top athlete. Plan on attending... Read more »

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Oct 25, 2019

Not automatically. The bar association has rules regarding character and fitness:

http://www.courts.wa.gov/court_rules/?fa=court_rules.list&group=ga&set=APR

Look specifically at rule 21 to start.

Here is a real life example of someone who did it:...
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Q: how do we file a appeal if my sons attorney was disbarred right after trial by judge.Need some answers thanks

The attorney was being investigated at the time and we found out at the end of trial. the judge dismissed herself then came back to be the judge again. The attorney was disbarred after the court date and he has not given any records back and did not use any evidence that he had to prove the case.... Read more »

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Oct 24, 2019

There is no one answer to this question, way too many variables (in my opinion). I would say call a lawyer asap and talk about the details of what happened, and he or she can talk you through some options.

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Q: had an affair & shes threatening to tell my wife or have someone do it on her behalf will a restraining order stop her
Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 17, 2019

How will a restraining order stop her from sending an anonymous email detailing everything?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: why would a prosecutor ignore TWO minor's statements of sexual abuse and not use them in a trial???

perpetrator was charged with possession of pictures of minors but NOT taking pictures of two live people

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 15, 2019

Sorry my mind reading abilities have never worked

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Identity Theft and White Collar Crime for Washington on
Q: I have a renter that gets untol amounts of mail from capital one, often multiple per day. Could it be something illegal?
Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 7, 2019

How would an attorney on the internet know if something nefarious is occurring?

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Q: My girlfriend hit a tree while drunk and lied about it to her insurance. She made fake tow receipts someone called geico

Siu to report her fraud after they’d already repaired the car. Does geico follow up on the things and wouldn’t she have heard from geico within a week?

James Laukkonen
James Laukkonen answered on Sep 13, 2019

The short answer is that yes, they do sometimes follow up after paying. From the description, she committed a crime. She might or might not ever hear directly from GEICO (except maybe to cancel her insurance). Much more likely is that if they found out about this, they reported it to the police.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: How do I get my case dismissed?

I got a ticket for dws. I wasnt driving. Car wasnt running. And no keys in the ignition. Parked in a parking lot at a gas station. Wasnt even my car. So I went to court on the date the ticket told me to. Which was 2 weeks from the date I got the ticket. I wasnt on the docket. I asked the court... Read more »

James Laukkonen
James Laukkonen answered on Sep 13, 2019

There are a couple items that jump out at me here. The first is that driving while your license is suspended is not just a ticket. It is a criminal offense. It isn't a very serious offense, but it is still a criminal charge. I know the form that they wrote it up on looks just like a traffic... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Family Law for Washington on
Q: What can i do? my 17yr old lives with 18yr boy friend but he is hitting her.

My daughter 17 lives w her boy friend 18 and his parents. They been together 2 yrs now they have a 9 month old baby. We found out he is hitting her. But she denys it. There is witnesses to this behavior. As a mother what can i do? She turns 18 in December so i need help fast. She has been suicidal... Read more »

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Sep 9, 2019

The law allows a parent to seek a protection order on behalf of a minor child. So you can go to the local courthouse and ask for a protection order that would prohibit him from contacting her, but that would only be valid until she is 18.

You can of course report what is happening to local...
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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
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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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
Gary Kollin answered on Aug 21, 2019

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

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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
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 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
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 15, 2019

This is not a securities law question.

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Q: Acting as owner, but has not recieved the name on deed nor has gone through probate

The daughter to my late mothers late boyfriend has made agreements for the future buyer to make the tax payments until she goes through probate ( and its been a couple of years she has been doing this.)

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Jul 24, 2019

Thank you for sharing. You don’t ask a question. Should you ask again, try writing in separate sentences instead of a single run on

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: When charged with vehicular assault, will the person be held on bail or released after there hearing.

The person has no prior record

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Jun 17, 2019

There is no exact answer. Depends on the jurisdiction, who the judge is, and the facts of the case. The most important factor about the facts of the case is probably whether it was alcohol related or not.

If the person appears out of custody, particularly if they appear with a lawyer, they...
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Q: Can a warrant be issued at night and not served until 4 days later and still be valid. I was told the only way a warrant

Could be issued after court hours was if the evidence to be seized would be gone by the time the court reopened to obtain the warrant

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Jun 13, 2019

In Washington the short answer is yes, that can be done. There is no requirement for an after hours warrant that the evidence is going to be gone soon. The judge might not be happy about having her evening interrupted, but there's PC it doesn't matter what time the warrant is obtained.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Federal Crimes for Washington on
Q: How can I find a Lawyer to help my son, who is incarcerated, write his brief for appeal court?

My son need a Lawyer that will help him was appeal brief, so he can get an appeal. The family is will to give a fee for this service.

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Jun 10, 2019

There are many lawyers around the state who specialize in appeals. I highly recommend Jeremy Morris, but full disclosure he is my law partner.

You should be able to find appellate lawyers with a quick search.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Agricultural Law and Internet Law for Washington on
Q: Is it illegal to have a poppy pod as part of your artwork?

I have an etsy shop and listed a handmade box and book with flower seeds. It focuses on Papaver somniferum common names are Opium Poppy, breadseed poppy. Etsy took it down today saying poppy pods and poppy straw are prohibited. I don't want to argue with them but is this just etsy or is selling a... Read more »

Griffin Klema
Griffin Klema answered on Apr 24, 2019

Most likely it's a subjective determination by Etsy about inclusion of a prohibited item in the product. Clearly, they appear to be taking things a bit far in this regard, but it's Etsy's platform, and therefore its terms of service (or terms of use, etc.) may empower it with the ability to remove... Read more »

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