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Lauren Mariko Gotchy

Seattle Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Unsafe lane change??

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Lauren Mariko Gotchy
    1 lawyer answer

    Look on the back of the ticket you received from the police officer. There will be 3 boxes that describes what you want to do with the ticket: contest the ticket, mitigate the ticket, or that you committed the infraction. If you contest the ticket, you are basically saying that you did not commit the traffic infraction and that you want a court date to explain the circumstances to the judge. The judge will listen to your story and decide what to do with your case. He could find the...

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  2. Can I get an MIP a 5 months after the incedent?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Lauren Mariko Gotchy
    2. Matthew Blake Wallin
    2 lawyer answers

    The prosecutor can file charges 5 months after the date of an MIP violation because it falls within the statute of limitations. Remember, that anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. Therefore, I would never make a statement to a prosecutor regarding an action that is a violation of the law.

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  3. I was wondering if I needed a criminal defense lawyer and if they can get me out of my ticket?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Lauren Mariko Gotchy
    2. E. Brian Davis
    3. Ryan Patrick McClure
    4. Theodore W. Robinson
    5 lawyer answers

    Let me clarify that there are mandatory minimum penalties for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in the State of Washington. You need to consult an attorney where the crime was alleged to have been committed to determine what the consequences will be in your individual case.

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  4. I received a Failure to Yield ticket from an accident involving myself driving a CDL Vehicle. Should I fight the ticket?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Lauren Mariko Gotchy
    2. James L Lindon Ph.D.
    3 lawyer answers

    You should definitely contest this ticket. Your livelihood as a CDL driver requires that you keep your driving record as clean as possible. You and your attorney may raise an argument that the driver of the other vehicle was driving negligently or recklessly because it seems like the person's car was already damaged prior to making contact with your vehicle. Good luck.

  5. Stopped due to registered owner having suspended license -- illegal stop?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Lauren Mariko Gotchy
    2. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3. Cynthia Russell Henley
    3 lawyer answers

    The officer can run your license plate even if you do not commit a traffic infraction or criminal offense. Driving is a privilege and the officer can pull you over if they believe that the driver's license is suspended. You might have an argument if the registered owner of the vehicle was a woman and you (a man) were stopped. An attorney can argue that once the officer realized that the registered owner was not the driver, he should have allowed the driver to continue. The officer doesn't...

  6. What do i do about wa state coming after me over a year later dor a dui when i got no ticket no jail no court date

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Timothy Charles Milios
    2. Lauren Mariko Gotchy
    3. Angela Horwath
    3 lawyer answers

    The statute of limitations in Washington is 2 years for a DUI charge. This means that the state has 2 years after the violation to file the case. Unfortunately, you may have received notice of your court date at the address last known to the court. Does the Department of Licensing and court have your current address? Make sure to keep your address current in order to get notifications of court dates. You definitely should retain an attorney to quash your warrant and represent you in your DUI case.

  7. I was wondering if I needed a criminal defense lawyer and if they can get me out of my ticket?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Lauren Mariko Gotchy
    2. E. Brian Davis
    3. Ryan Patrick McClure
    4. Theodore W. Robinson
    5 lawyer answers

    I would definitely recommend that you consult an attorney about your case. You need an advocate to represent your interest. There are mandatory minimum penalties imposed by the legislature for the gross misdemeanors of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. A conviction could affect your ability to get state aid, which would include your ability to receive financial aid at school. Retaining an attorney to negotiate your case is vital.

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