Michael F. Morgan’s Answers

Michael F. Morgan

Seattle Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Can I transfer my Washington court date for a DUI to Indiana where I live?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Michael F. Morgan
    2. Brian Michael Sullivan
    3. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    4. Mark C Blair
    5. Gregg Jason Stark
    5 lawyer answers

    You may be able to reschedule the court date but you cannot have the case heard in Indiana. Mike

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  2. I am a victim. I did not press charges, but the state did. My relatives are saying that if I write a letter the state will

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Michael F. Morgan
    2. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    3. Christopher A Swaby
    4. Rixon Charles Rafter III
    4 lawyer answers

    I don't practice in Okanagan but after 14 hours sinceposting your question I suspect you are anxious for a response. The theory is that victims/alleged victims often recant sometimes under pressure from the perpetrator. Consequently, the fact a victim wants to drop charges is normally not a basis to drop charges

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  3. How much does an attorney cost for misdemeanor first offsense related charges?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Brian Michael Sullivan
    2. Michael F. Morgan
    3. Kimberly Keheley Frye
    4. Erin Bradley McAleer
    4 lawyer answers

    The cost of an attorney typically depends on the type of misdemeanor and not the number of prior misdemeanors on your record. I think most attorneys charge more if the case proceeds to trial than if the case settled. A lot of criminal defense attorenys offer free initial consultations, and the attorney after such a consultation should then know enough about the case to give a price quote. The King County Bar Lawyer Referral Service or the profiles of lawyers on AVVO are good places to look...

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  4. My son is being charged with Murder 2 I NEED a criminal defense lawyer pro bono

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Michael F. Morgan
    2. Ronald Alan Hammett
    3. Harry Edward Hudson Jr
    4. Frank Mascagni III
    4 lawyer answers

    If you need a lawyer pro bono, that implies your son will qualify for a public defender. Most of the public defenders that are asssigned Murder cases in Seattle/King County are very able. Besides a lawyer, your son will probably need an investigator and possibly other expert services. In any event, if your son does not qualify for a public defender then he can afford to contribute to his legal defense and it is not reasonable to expect such services to be provided pro bono.

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  5. What should i do if i just got a DUI?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Michael F. Morgan
    2. Christopher P Norris
    3. Jon Martin Pettis
    4. Noah E. Weil
    4 lawyer answers

    Every DUI case is different and you don't provide enough details so that a comprehensive answer can be given to your question. I think you would be at a significant disadvantage if you are not a lawyer and represented yourself in a DUI case. If you decide to hire an attorney, I would suggest you do so immediately since in some cases there is evidence (such as videos) that is not retained for very long. The profiles and ratings of attorneys by AVVO is a good resource to find lawyers--many of...

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  6. Do I have a right to a speedy trial from the date of arrest for a DUI?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Michael F. Morgan
    2. Stan Glisson
    3. Lennard Anthony Nahajski
    3 lawyer answers

    There is both a statutory right to a speedy trial and a constitutional right to a speedy trial in a criminal case. The statutory right to a trial within 90 days of arraignment has a lot of exceptions. The constitutional right has never been specificallly defined to a certain date following an arrest but my best guess (not knowing all the facts about your case) is you are still several months away from having a valid constitutional argument. The court has great discretion to grant or deny a...

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  7. Bail Question

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Michael F. Morgan
    2. Kris R. Jensen
    3. Christopher Lee Beck
    4. Stan Glisson
    5. Aaron Lukoff
    5 lawyer answers

    This sounds like a typical bond--you post 10% of the bond with the bonding company and security for 90% of the bond with the bonding company. The bonding company irrespective of the case results keeps the 10% plus any other fees otherwise they could not stay in business. An appearance bond or posting 100% of the surety bond with the court is the only way you can get all your money back.

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  8. Earlier this week I got charged for a D.U.I. should I get an alcohol assessment and U.A. before my arraignment?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    2. Jonathan Dichter
    3. Michael F. Morgan
    3 lawyer answers

    Thre are certian hair follicle tests that can ceck for drug and alcohol consumption for 3 months. Certain UA test go back a few days so the answer to one part of your question depends a lot on when you were subject to a traffic stop. I think getting an alcohol assessment can be a good idea but I think having a free inital consultation with a lawyer--which many lawyers provide--can help determine whether that is the right approach for your case and which treatment provider is the best to...

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  9. Arrested for DV Assault 4 & spent a night & day in Jail,then released before seeing Judge due to Judge finding no probable cause

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Michael F. Morgan
    2. Teresa Lynn Border
    2 lawyer answers

    A judicial officer has to make a probable cause finding in order to impose conditions (such as bail) of release. That is not the same as the case being dismissed since the materials submitted to a judicial officer for a probable cause determination is not necessarily all of the evidence in the case. The court, furthermore, should allow both parties to argue whether there is a prima facie case rather than dismiss a case on their own motion. Sometimes the information in front of a judge for a...

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  10. Criminal: 911 Call Clarification.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Aaron M Rasmussen
    2. Michael F. Morgan
    3. Jennifer Vickers Freeman
    3 lawyer answers

    Hearsay is an out of court statement that goes to the truth of the matter asserted--which means, for example a 911 recording is of an out of court statement and if the recorded message is that "I was assaulted by my spouse" and you are trying to prove you were assaulted by your spouse it goes to the truth of the matter asserted. Intorducing inconsistent statements through a 911 recording without trying to prove the statement on the 911 tape is true but that a different (inconsistent) statement...

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