Hussein Karmali’s Answers

Hussein Karmali

Redmond Criminal Defense Attorney.

Contributor Level 8
  1. Camera Speeding Ticket

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Vitaliy Kertchen
    2. Angela L Dawes
    3. Hussein Karmali
    3 lawyer answers

    The law does not require a statement of who the other driver, but many courts ask for this information anyways. Many times, going to court is a better way to go because I have not seen the judge ask for the name of the driver (if it is known). That being said, these tickets are considered parking tickets, don't go on driving records, and don't get reported to insurance companies. If you wish to avoid paying the default, you must ask the court for a relief from judgment to make this happen.

  2. Can I be forced into being a Washinton State resident?

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Hussein Karmali
    1 lawyer answer

    I am not sure I understand your question. If you have a valid license, whether from Indiana or any other state, it should be recognized as valid in Washington State. Was the situation that you had no license at all? Or, was the situation that you have a valid driver's license, it was rejected, and that you must present a valid Washington State license?

  3. Speeding ticket with wrong driver's license number and address, any chance?

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Hussein Karmali
    1 lawyer answer

    Depending on the circumstances that may be present with the ticket and the officer's report, many times there is a chance of beating a speeding ticket. The inconsistencies you mentioned on the ticket are not necessarily enough to beat the ticket. It will depend on the judge and the judge's interpretation. There are a couple of different options you have, one of which is a deferred finding, which you can exercise once every seven years. If you pay costs and have no new violations for the time...

  4. The Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults Act of 2009

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Hussein Karmali
    1 lawyer answer

    If you are charged with possession of marijuana at both the state and federal level, you can be still be prosecuted for the same offense at both the state and federal level. Double jeopardy applies when the same criminal act is prosecuted twice at either the state or federal level. To answer the second question, if there is a conflict between state and federal law, federal law always wins out. In this case, federal law wins.

  5. If two people who live together get arrested for unknowingly possessing stolen property what happens?

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Hussein Karmali
    1 lawyer answer

    Since the case is still under investigation, if an attorney is retained quickly enough, they can possibly communicate with the detective investigating this case and perhaps even prevent charges from being filed under certain circumstances. The state or city has up to a year to file charges but more than likely, charges will be filed much sooner than that. If your case remains filed as a gross misdemeanor, you can expect a court date in the mail requesting you come to court for an arraignment....

  6. I am 19 years old from Washington state and have a malicious mischief (3) I am on unsupervised probation for 2 years.

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Hussein Karmali
    1 lawyer answer

    In order to get a misdemeanor expunged from your record, at least three years must have passed from the time you completed the terms and conditions of your sentence. If the misdemeanor was domestic violence related, at least five years must have passed. In some situations, it may be possible to petition the court to close the case earlier but there are no guarantees and typically, a good portion of the probationary time must have been served in order for the court to even consider this.

  7. Deferral question on a no seat belt ticket.

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Hussein Karmali
    1 lawyer answer

    It can depend on the conditions of the deferral. The conditions of deferrals vary among the courts and whether a non-moving violation, such as a no seat belt ticket, will be considered a violation of the deferred finding probationary period. If the court says no traffic infractions period, then this could end up being a violation of the conditions of the deferred finding.

  8. How do I defer the ticket? How does the process work? What do I do about the actual ticket? What do I include when I send it in?

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Hussein Karmali
    2. Sean Bennet Malcolm
    2 lawyer answers

    As far as my experience, I have not been in any court that allows a deferrment on a Negligent Driving 2nd Degree, but it may be possible. If a deferral is available, it is up to the court to decide whether you qualify. If you qualify, you must pay court costs and have no violations for the time prescribed by the court before you have the case dismissed. You can have only one deferral every seven years under state statute, one for a moving violation and one for a non-moving violation. If a...

  9. Is sex offense 2nd degree (child molestation) considered violent or non violent in Washington State?

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Hussein Karmali
    1 lawyer answer

    Child molestion is not a violent offense under state statute

  10. What are my rights when a police officer causes physical harm to me?

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Hussein Karmali
    1 lawyer answer

    Without looking at a police report, which is what the City will rely upon in proving its case, nothing can be stated for sure. The path of the case will depend on whether the arrest and search were constitutional, whether there was reason to stop you, whether Miranda rights should have been read, etc. Again, without looking at a police report, it is difficult to tell what the next course of action should be.

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