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Michael F. Morgan

Michael Morgan’s Answers

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  • 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

    .What do we expect? We live in King County WA, the officer was State Patrol. He was not driving badly and had had a couple of drinks earlier in the day and thought since several hours had passed, he would be ok to drive. He has never been in trou...

    Michael’s Answer

    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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  • My daughter just got cought shoplifing for the third time, in wa state!! Whats going to happen to her??

    My now 28 year old daughter has been cought shoplifing once in lynwood, sencond in federal way wa, and now has a new one as of today in federal way once again...the first two times were cloths from department stors this new one was less than 80 do...

    Michael’s Answer

    I feel uniquely qualified to answer this question since I was once the judge in Federal Way and sentenced individuals if convicted of these type of offenses. Typicallly Walmart in Federal Way does not agree to compromises in these cases and the court will look to some sentence (if convicted) will prevent this type of behavior. Work crew as well as jail will be options that will be most likely be consdiered by the court absent some mitigating information.

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  • How do I find an excellent lawyer that focuses on DUI that will travel to Wenatchee but doesn't work there.

    We need to find a top DUI lawyer that will help with our case in Wenatchee. Due to my experience there, I truly believe the court system is unfair if not corrupt. We worked with a top lawyer there and had a horrible experience. I am reporting him....

    Michael’s Answer

    If you want a top DUI lawyer outside of Wenatchee I think you should be prepared to pay more than is customary and pay a flat fee in advance. I suggest you check the city or cities you would want a lawyer to be from (or not from) and look at the avvo profiles and ratings of lawyers that handle DUI cases from that city to help narrow down the list of lawyers.

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  • What is the difference between using the Public Defender and own private lawyer? How much does it cost? Bail Amount: $10,000?

    My 20 year old daughter has been charge of Assault 2 in KING COUNTY SUPERIOR COURTRCW / ORD: 9A.36.021, on 6/10/12. She has been trying to be on her own and no job or money. What can we do to help her, but we also do not have much? How much does...

    Michael’s Answer

    I think most lawyers are uncomfortable answering the question about cost on AVVO partly because different lawyers have different fee arrangements. I would suggest you will be better served getting cost estimates by calling lawyers/law offices directly.

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  • Caught shoplifting clothes at Urban Outfitters, What will happen next?

    Hi, I made the stupidest mistake in my life today. I got caught shoplifting a shirt worth of 33 dollars at the Urban Outfitters. The clerk who caught me took me to the back room and I confessed to it. The store manager told me that since it was my...

    Michael’s Answer

    The store certainly has the right to seek a civik demand under the circumstances you described--and in my experience most store managers don't discuss this possibility with a suspected shoplifter.

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  • I am having a bench warrant issued in my name today even though I have made a couple attempts online to pay my fines.

    My case worker will only take payment in person but I don't live in the area at all. The system online keeps kicking back my payment and I don't want the police bugging my family over this.

    Michael’s Answer

    I agree with the previous answere except many courts do not accept credit cards--but a money order is almost always accepted

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  • Does a confidential informant have to appear in court if taking it to trial ? what is the controlled buyers job start to finish?

    what information do they HAVE to have on someone to act on a search warrant ? what if some times there was no money exchange or as little as $20? Lets say the only 2 people in a room one being CRI and the other said dealer and and a warrant was se...

    Michael’s Answer

    You have a right to confront your accusers--so whether the state chooses/needs to call a CI to testify does not change the fact you have a right to interivew this witness and possibly call teh witness yourself to testify. "Burning" a CI (revealing a CI's identity) is normally the price the State has to pay in a drug prosecution absent a plea bargain.

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  • Can a officer walk up to you in the parking lot at your hotel and ask for your id because its a high drug area and arest you

    for suspended licence in the 3rd and possession of paraphernalia and you had nothing on your person and were out of the car walking to the front door

    Michael’s Answer

    I am having a hard time discerning all the relevant facts from your question. The officer may have seen you drive a vehicle, and the officer may have determined your license was suspended--such as because you match the description of the registered owner of the vehicle and the registered owner of the vehicle came back as suspended based on a computer check by the officer. Under the circumstances I described, the officer can ask for your identification.

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  • Herro! if someone breaks in your home do you have the right to use deadly force (gun) against them?

    the fourth and 2nd amendment says you can use a gun and be safe.

    Michael’s Answer

    NO, except in extreme circumstances is the use of deadly force lawful.

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  • I was arrested for a DUI with a BAC of .141. Clean record, nor even speeding tickets, great personal references what can i do?

    Hi, I was arrested for a DUI. I was pulled over for swerving and flicking a cigarette.I consented to field sobriety test although I did tell the officer that I was wearing 5 inch heels which could impair my performance. He did not offer to take s...

    Michael’s Answer

    The chances the case can be amended downwards depends on some of the factors you cite--the jurisdiction.court your case is filed out of, your performance on the field sobriety drills, your driving, the negotiation skills/tactics of your lawyer also can influence the plea negotiation process.

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