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John Andrew Campanella

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  • Custodial interference

    The mother has custody of a 17 year old child. He runs away from the home and goes to his father. Can he get in trouble for custodial interference.

    John’s Answer

    If what you are saying is that the child ran away and the father did nothing but receive him then the father would not appear to be at fault.

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  • Check fraud

    how much prison time do you get from check fraud?

    John’s Answer

    That would depend on a number of factors such as:
    Do you have any prior criminal history?
    Are we talking about one indecent?
    How much money was involved?
    Has the victim been paid back?
    It is possible to receive probation and not even do any prison time.

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  • Drinking on the boat

    We often take our boat onto Lake Washington and have a few beers. I often drive back to Lake Union feeling more buzzed than I would feel comfortable being behind the wheel of a car. What are the rules behind BUIs? Is the alcohol level the same?...

    John’s Answer

    Washington State Boating Under the Influence cases differ from regular Washington State DUI cases in several significant ways:

    1. Unlike DUI, a Boating Under the Influence Charge is a misdemeanor with a maximum punishment of 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine. This is substantially less than a Washington State DUI conviction where charges can lead up to a year in jail and up to a $5000 fine.

    2. Unlike DUI, a Boating Under the Influence conviction does not require that the judge impose mandatory jail time or fines.

    3. Unlike a DUI, Boating Under the Influence convictions do not carry any driver's licensing consequences. This means that you cannot lose your license if arrested for, or convicted of, Boating Under the Influence.

    4. Unlike DUI, Boating Under the Influence charges do not have an ignition interlock devise requirement. While judges can impose an ignition interlock devise, unlike a DUI conviction, it is not a mandatory requirement.

    5. Unlike DUI, you do not need to take a breath test or blood test if arrested for Boating Under the Influence. There will be no license suspension if you refuse a breath or blood test. If asked by law enforcement to take one of these tests, we suggest that you exercise your rights and politely decline it.

    6. Unlike DUI, there are no mandatory punishment enhancements for multiple offenses. Note that a judge does have the ability to increase punishment should she choose to.

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  • Landlord not making repairs

    how long does a landlord have to make repairs when it comes to major cooking appliances?

    John’s Answer

    While there is no set period of time you could ask that your rent be prorated for each day it is not fixed. You could also inform the landlord that you will call someone out to fix it and the amount of repairs will be deducted from your rent.

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  • Theft 1 charge.

    My sister who does not have a criminal background was arrested and bailed last night. She had a warrant for her arrest that she was not aware of for 1 year. She had renewed her license and changed her address and did not know. Apparently they had ...

    John’s Answer

    Even though she moved and changed her address there may be speedy trial issue because the event "Allegedly" occurred 3 years ago. That said, it could be a misdemeanor or a felony charge depending on the amount they are claiming she stole. Depending on which county and state where she is being prosecuted they may have a website with additional information. I would suggest that she not say anything to anyone and speak to a lawyer immediately. If she cannot afford an attorney the court will appoint her one. The punishment could be as little as a deferred entry of judgment program where the charges are dismissed after completion of a brief course or it could be much more and include in custody time if the amount is significant. It may also be possible to defend the charges completely.

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  • Swiching parent care

    how old do i have to be to decide which parent i live with?

    John’s Answer

    The court will listen to your desires if you are mature enough to explain them. However, the court aims at doing what they consider to be in your best interests. While they will listen to your request if they feel that what you want isn't in your own best interest they will deny your request. Certainly, once you are 18 you are free to do as you like. You could also apply for emancipation prior to turning 18.

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  • Parenting plan terminated?

    I am the mother of a 14 year old, 8th grader. At what age does the parenting plan terminate? He is active in sports, and starting to get pick up jobs. He would like to have more freedom to not have to visit his father on the schedule set up. H...

    John’s Answer

    You can return to court and ask for a modification of the parenting plan.

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  • RETURNING A CAR TO DEALERSHIP/LOTS OF PROBLEMS

    I bought a car around october of 2007, the day after we took the car home the heater was not working, then the windshield fluid was coming inside and all over the carpet inside the car!! we tried to trade it in the dealership would refused to help...

    John’s Answer

    First, I assume you are talking about a used car. Second, was the car advertised, "As is"? Was there a warranty? If the car was advertised "As is" and there was no warranty you might be stuck with it. Was there any misrepresentation by the seller? If so, perhaps you have some claim of fraud and you might be able to take the seller to small claims court depending on the amount in controversy. Please provide more facts with your question.

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  • Salvaged title

    If a seller failed to tell me that a car has a salvaged title, are there any legal consumer rights? I live in Issaquah WA and it appears that I purchased salvaged vehicle.

    John’s Answer

    Does the title document itself indicate the vehicle is salvaged? If so, the seller might claim that you had notice. Was the vehicle advertised, "As is"?

    You might try filing in small claims court. Especially if the seller did not disclose that the vehicle was salvaged. Be prepared to show the court the what you paid was too much. Do this by providing Blue Book values for your vehicle that have not been salvaged. However, if what you paid was significantly below Blue Book maybe you got what you paid for.

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  • Cps

    Does CPS have the right to remove the children from the home of a man who is begin investigated for child pornography? The father has been removed from the home and there are no charges or suspicious regarding the mother.

    John’s Answer

    CPS has the authority to remove children from a home if they think it is in the child's best interests. That is not to say that you cannot get the children back once they are assured it is best for the children.

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