Michael F. Morgan’s Answers

Michael F. Morgan

Seattle Criminal Defense Attorney.

Contributor Level 12
  1. My friend just turned 18, was caught on school property not to long ago drunk, was suspended,

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Michael F. Morgan
    2. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    2 lawyer answers

    A free initial consultation with a lawyer might be the first step your freind should take to see if there are legal defenses available to him in this case. Diversion programs may also be available depending on what jurisdiction the alleged offense took place in

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  2. What is your opinion of pubic defender?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jessica Lorene Campbell
    2. Michael F. Morgan
    3. Vitaliy Kertchen
    4. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    5. Bruce Hanify
    6. ···
    7 lawyer answers

    There are good public defenders and there are good private lawyers. Public Defenders often have access to more colleagues and resources than private lawyers. I think if yo get a public defender you like you should stick with that lawyer and if you are not satisfied then you can hire a lawyer. Email transmissions to clients of this office presumably contain confidential and privileged material for the sole use of the intended recipient. The use, distribution, transmittal or re-transmittal by...

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  3. If I received a traffic ticket, contested it and then lost, am I still able to receive a deferral?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Vitaliy Kertchen
    2. Patrick Owen Earl
    3. Michael F. Morgan
    3 lawyer answers

    A finding of committed was made on your case--so under the circumstances it would be very difficult to get the committed finding vacated and a deferred finding entered.

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  4. Can getting arrested 2 times affect my application to receive the Deffered Action?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Michael F. Morgan
    2. Andre R. Olivie
    3. Cheri Lynn Attix
    4. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko
    4 lawyer answers

    A "deffered action" could apply to a traffic ticket in which what you described should have no effect or a misdemeanor adjudication in which what you described could have an effect.

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  5. If i get a misdemeanor charge vacated from my record in Washington State will it show up on a FBI background check?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. John Groseclose
    2. Michael F. Morgan
    3. John M. Kaman
    4. Mark M Cheser
    4 lawyer answers

    Misdemeanor arrests show up on WACIC background checks. If you are eligible, there is a mechanism to have the record of your arrest deleted from a WACIC background check.

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  6. I would like to speak to defense attorney regarding state mandated drug testing. positive test , I want to challenge result.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Lennard Anthony Nahajski
    2. Michael F. Morgan
    3. Teresa Lynn Border
    4. Lenell Rae Nussbaum
    4 lawyer answers

    Without the drug test results, it is hard to determine the best course of action. Bleach, for example, can cause a false negative while a low ph (due to a medical condition) can cause a false positive. A doctor may be able to determine if you have a mdeical condition that can result in a false positive. People that drink Non-alcoholic (N/A) beer will test for the presence of alcohol because N/A beer generally has some alcohol in it. There are also questions with testing protocols....

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  7. My 19 yr old son was pulled over for a broken headlight and blew a .05. He is working his way through college, never in trouble

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Michael F. Morgan
    2. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    3. Shawn Mccully
    3 lawyer answers

    The public defender will not be able to help much on some of th license revocation issues because that is a civil issue but can help with the criminal side of the case.

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  8. I was recently pulled over for speeding, but then was given a DUI?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    2. Linda Medeiros Callahan
    3. Michael F. Morgan
    4. Hriste Stojanovski
    5. Robert Ricci
    5 lawyer answers

    The protocols established to admit blood tests in evidence in DUI prosecutions is not always the protocols followed by hospitals when they administer blood tests. If the blood test results in your case are unfavorable, suppressing those results are definitely in your legal interests but does not guarantee a favorable outcome. The surrounding facts of your case--such as your demeanor at the time of arrest, your observed driving, any other drills or tests you took, any statements you made, etc--...

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  9. Caught shoplifting. 18. Washington state. Help?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Michael F. Morgan
    2. Adam Joseph Yanasak
    3. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    3 lawyer answers

    A compromise of misdemeanor allows the case to be dismissed--with the consent of the store and the court. If you left the store with the items and did not pay for the items and were caught with the items along with a confession is a fairly strong argument you stole the items. You may have a legal defense or a factual defense to the charge but I cannot find such a defense in the information you have provided so far. There is a process to remove convictions from your record--and I give...

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  10. DWLS - 3rd degree, do I need an attorney for arraignment?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Michael F. Morgan
    2. Amalachi Chinaelo Okoro
    3. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    4. Robert C. LeBrasseur
    4 lawyer answers

    The court should provide you with an attorney for the arraignment--but often the courts only provide counsel if you request an attorney. You may be able to get a better resolution to your case than a deferral even if the traffic stop was justified. You may also have some notice issues regarding your suspension that could constitute a defense to the charge. The court may allow you to waive arraignement and if you reperesent yourself then you can ask for the police report. You could then...

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