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Michelle Marie Scudder

Michelle Scudder’s Answers

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  • I need a defense attorney to help me. I think I am about to be arrested for a crime and fired to. I have money.

    Me and my cousin work the same factory. He got fired for stealing and there is witnesses working against him who said they saw him steal some money. He claims he was somewhere else in the building and his only witnesses is me and his girlfriend wh...

    Michelle’s Answer

    First, I would be careful about including so many details on this website as it is open to public view. However, it sounds like your situation is quite complicated and like there are a lot of issues worth investigating. You should definitely consult with an attorney about the case. It might be worthwhile to have an attorney represent you before you are contacted for questioning or the prosecutor files charges and issues an arrest warrant of some sort. Most of us provide free consultations and can discuss with you the details of your case in a confidential manner. Good luck!

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  • How to get a DWLS dismissed or greatly reduced based on situation & attempting to recover a valid licesnse

    History: my boyfriend has a suspended license & just received another ticket for DWLS 3rd degree. He has been in the process of working to retain his license by paying collection company down payment in order to get license. Ticket: he was driving...

    Michelle’s Answer

    I agree with what the other attorneys said. Depending on the county where this took place, check and see if they offer a "relicensing program." When I worked for the prosecutor's office, we often sent these straight to a relicensing program to give individuals a chance to pay off their tickets rather than face criminal sanctions. Either way, if he can get his license back it will likely be reduced or dismissed.

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  • 4th degree assault domestic violence charges filed against me. How do I prove cops blew out of proportion?

    No domestic violence record. been in relationship 5 years, we have 2 kids and 1 on the way. no real criminal history except minor in possession, 3rd theft in Oregon. Cops state they rec'd a 911 call and heard a domestic dispute so they came out to...

    Michelle’s Answer

    A couple of things to keep in mind- First, be careful what information about the case you share on a public forum. Second, based on what you have said this would be a tough case for the prosecution to prove without a statement from the alleged "victim" that she was threatened or assaulted or some evidence of injury or harm. It sounds like maybe a neighbor or someone in the vicinity heard a fight and called the police. Keep in mind that the way the current domestic violence laws are, the police are required to make an arrest if they have reason to believe a domestic violence act occurred. That does not always equate to a strong case for the prosecution, but it can start the ball rolling and wreak havoc on your lives in the meantime. Also, it is pretty standard for the judge to issue a no contact order once charges have been filed. It can be dropped if the alleged victim asks the court to do so and the court does not feel they are in any danger. It will depend on the judge, the allegations and if there is any history between the parties. It sounds like this case has a lot of issues and I would highly recommend speaking with an attorney sooner rather than later to address them. Good luck!

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  • Malicious Mischief 2-time to make this right. What are the chances of this moving to a misdemeanor? Thank you.

    In 2005 I was living in Seattle-I was a practicing alcoholic. Horribly depressed and manic, one night I got blindingly drunk and broke the window to the door of my then friend's apartment building, tore up the clean and sober house I was living a...

    Michelle’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Lee in that you should be careful about discussing the facts of the case on a public forum. That being said, the progress and changes you have made since the incident are significant and could be excellent mitigation for your attorney to present to the prosecutor handling the case. As a former prosecutor myself, I can say that there are times when equitable factors are considered in resolving a case. You should definitely provide your attorney all the supporting documentation of your recovery and accomplishments since the incident and have her or him present this to the prosecutor during negotiations. Sometimes proving these cases so long after the date of violation can be difficult as witnesses move or relocate. That can be a factor as well. Good luck!

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  • How long does it take to remove an alien if the judge decision is to remove because of aggravated felony?

    An immigration judge had ordered removal for an alien because of aggravated felony. Does it take a month or more to remove an alien?

    Michelle’s Answer

    Unfortunately, removal proceedings don't follow a consistent timeline. However, as was said in previous comments, it will be much quicker if the decision was not appealed. Additionally, for individuals in custody, it will typically happen much faster than if the person is out of custody. It will also depend on what the country of origin is that the individual is being returned to.

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