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  • Is it illegal for a fifteen year old girl to date a twenty year old guy?

    I am a fifteen year old girl. I have been seeing this guy for the last three months. Him an I have not engaged sexually and do not plan to. Everyone keeps telling us they are gonna have him arrested if we do not split up. So we don't know what to ...

    Matthew’s Answer

    It's illegal to have sexual contact with someone under 16, and although it's legal to date it's probably not very smart for your guy.

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  • Public Meetings, City Council, County; Can I Be arrested Or Legally Asked To Leave For Not Providing My Name?

    The heading question pretty much sums it up, if I go to a city council or county meeting which is different in the way that [county meetings] are on [county property] although state law and the constitution remain the same, barring any outbursts t...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Generally you are not required by law to identify yourself unless stopped by a police officer while driving a car. There are certainly exceptions to this, for example you're not likely to be allowed inside many federal buildings without identifying yourself. It's definitely best to talk with an attorney privately about your specific situation before you take a risk by doing something you think might get you in trouble.

    I'm not aware of any requirement to identify yourself while observing state or local court proceedings. Many times judges will ask the name of of a person in sitting in the courtroom because most of the people are there because they were summoned. It's likely that the judge wanted to make sure they didn't miss someone on his/her list, though I agree there are other ways to ask that question.

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  • I got a speeding ticket in school zone going 25 in 20 zone. I know the crossing guard there and talked to her after the ticket.

    I have excellent record and don not want this on insurance.. do I go to court?

    Matthew’s Answer

    I'm very familiar with this court and frequently there are ways an attorney can help with this type of ticket. There may be a way to beat your ticket or convince the prosecutor to agree to amend the charge to charge that would require you to pay a fine but would not go on your driving record. My suggestion would be to talk with an attorney about your options privately.

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  • Car Towed; Washington State issued temp expired tag.

    I thought the car was stolen, called police to find out the vehicle was taken due to expired tag from apartment complex. The temp tag was just issued this past Saturday for 60 days (Jan2015), went to view the car, and sure enough the state had iss...

    Matthew’s Answer

    If your complaint is that your car was taken, your beef is with whomever authorized the tow. It sounds like it may have been the apartment complex, in which case you should check your lease. That said, this is not a speeding/traffic ticket issue.

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  • Which attorney has one of the best reputations for dwls charges? What are the chances of getting license back?

    Jan.06 refused blood test giving 1 year suspension. Since then I've recieved I think like 3 dwls 3rds and 3 2nds I've had a few fta's which is how things got confusing my last one was Jan'13 which was a,2nd but on dol license info say I'm HTO. The...

    Matthew’s Answer

    If you've had three convictions for DWLS 2nd degree within 5 years, then unfortunately the Department of Licensing is required to revoke your driver's license as a habitual traffic offender. If there's a bench warrant out for your arrest I strongly recommend you first talk with an attorney and then have him or her help you get it quashed. The most important thing is you absolutely can't drive while your license is revoked because the penalties can quickly become very serious.

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  • I'm waiting for a citation mail of 'using fake id and MIP' for a month. How long does it takes to get a citation?

    A liquor security guard(he was not a police) caught me for MIP and using fake id for a month ago. he took photos of my manufactured fake id, real id and he wrote something on his note. he told me I'm going to receive the citation court date via ma...

    Matthew’s Answer

    If the government is able to go after you (and inclined to do so), they have two years starting on the date of the incident.

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  • My car was impounded for suspension of dui . I was taken to the county jail to take a Breathalyzer test and blew under.

    I had a friend in the passenger seat and was not in the vehicle during time of arrest.

    Matthew’s Answer

    Sorry to hear about your rough night. The fact that your BAC was under .08 will certainly make your case more manageable, but it's still really important that you get an attorney on board. In that jurisdiction (Lower Kittitas County District Court), you'll likely be brought in for a court appearance right away. Although it's unlawful, the Court will likely place you on probation and may require urine and/ore breath tests while your case is pending. I, along with most other attorneys who focus on DUI cases, offer free consultations to talk about your case.

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  • Can a sherriff's deputy legally open my door without consent at a traffic stop?

    This was at a traffic stop on the highway. I was arrested and put in handcuffs and placed in back of the patrol car. He told me i was going to be arrested after he opened the door not before. He cited and released me.

    Matthew’s Answer

    Like many search and seizure issues, this is very fact specific and an attorney would need a little more information. Important facts to nail down would include the reason the officer gives for opening the door and the reason for arrest. I strongly recommend that you do not post facts about your case here in this public forum because you may inadvertently give the government information that they will try to use against you.

    You should talk with an attorney asap, and most criminal defense lawyers would be happy to provide you with a free in-office consultation.

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  • Received a civil demand from Walmart with the value of $200. Due to theft 3rd. Should I pay or no?

    Nothing prior on my record.

    Matthew’s Answer

    You really should talk with a Washington attorney about your case before you do anything. There may be very good reasons to pay so that you can put yourself in a better position if and when a criminal charge is filed.

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  • Domestic Violence SOC

    what should be the answer for this Have you been convicted of a misdemeanor within the last seven years OR imprisoned for any type of misdemeanor within the last 7 years

    Matthew’s Answer

    Usually "SOC" stands for a stipulated order of continuance that essentially puts your case on hold in pre-conviction status. If that's the case the charge would probably not be a conviction, but I strongly recommend you speak with an attorney privately about the specifics of your case, the language of your SOC, and the exact wording of the background question.

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