Craig Alan Platt’s Answers

Craig Alan Platt

Seattle Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. What to expect on the court date for theft under $25.00?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Craig Alan Platt
    2. Paul Holt Walcutt
    2 lawyer answers

    I cannot give legal advice on matters from Texas. However, in my jurisdiction cases like this are diverted, meaning that the juvenile is required to do some community service, perhaps participate in treatment, pay restitution, etc and then the case is ultimately dismissed. The best thing for her to do is to get a lawyer, and a public defender will know how the procedures work since they do many of these types of cases. In addition, call the court clerk and find out if there is a juvenile...

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  2. My bf is charging by Dv but i think its first offense hes never done it before nor did he have any dv record before.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    2. Andrew C Huff
    3. Sean D Mckee
    4. Lenell Rae Nussbaum
    5. Craig Alan Platt
    5 lawyer answers

    I agree with the above answers as well. With respect to pretrial release, under the court rules there is a presumption of release after a person is charged with a crime. If this is indeed a first time offense it is likely that the court will release your boyfriend absent a showing of likely failure to appear at future proceedings or showing of substantial danger. Nevertheless, even if there is a showing of a likely failure to appear or substantial danger, the court must still impose the...

  3. What should I do? My wife will be considered illegal in a month because I cant pay her college tuition...

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Craig Alan Platt
    1 lawyer answer

    **You need the assistance of an immigration lawyer. Look for a free legal clinic in your area if you cannot afford a lawyer. Spokane has some excellent resources available.This link should take you to a list of immigration attorneys in your area you can call: http://lawyers.justia.com/lawyers/immigration-naturalization/washington/spokane Also, try this link for information on legal aid available: http://www.ocla.wa.gov/aboutOCLA.htm Good luck.** PS I am new to this list, and...

  4. Is being arrested in WA state concidered a probation violation?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Shawn B Alexander
    2. Craig Alan Platt
    2 lawyer answers

    Generally probation conditions include "commit no crimes" language. In some jurisdictions in Washington state this language is limited to specific crimes. For example, I had a client sentenced recently to probation, but we persuaded the prosecutor to limit the probation prohibitions to specify only "commit no crimes similar to the crime" for which probation was imposed. (ie if it is an assault case the condition might be commit no assaults, so a DUI would not be a violation). Furthermore,...

  5. My c-section wound got infected (I believe from the hospital)

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Craig Alan Platt
    1 lawyer answer

    It is difficult to say whether you have a claim without meeting with you personally and going over your situation in detail. That's the bad news. The good news is that virtually all PI lawyers, who handle medical malpractice claims, will give you an initial consult for free. There are many good PI lawyers in the Seattle area. If you search for them here in Avvo you will be able to read their client evaluations and peer reviews and other information in their profile to help you make a...

  6. How do I find a good criminal defense lawyer for my son who is being held and implicated in a murder?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. John M. Kaman
    2. Deirdre Lynn O'Connor
    3. Riccardo Lorenzo Ippolito
    4. Brian Richard Dinday
    5. Craig Alan Platt
    5 lawyer answers

    Experience, experience, experience. Criminal defense lawyers need to know the law. They also need to know the nuts and bolts of court proceedings. You can study law all day long, spend time with professional organizations and spend lots of time on perfecting your internet image. But, at the end of the day, the greatest protection you have comes from the U.S. and State Constitutions. You are presumed innocent, and in every criminal case the government must prove you guilty beyond a reasonable...

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  7. In the defense's opening statement what comes after the attorney's introduce themselves and client?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Ronald S. Pichlik
    2. Michael Douglas Shafer
    3. Craig Alan Platt
    3 lawyer answers

    It is hard to top Mr. Pilchik's answer. He has it pretty well covered. However, I would add that jury selection, if done properly, is really the first opportunity to preview your defense theory under the guise of asking about potential issues affecting the ability of a juror to sit on the case fairly and impartially. I teach my method of jury selection to young attorneys, and encourage them to approach juror questioning creatively. I tell them that as soon as the jury is selected any juror...

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  8. How do I choose a good Criminal Defense Lawyer?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Deirdre Lynn O'Connor
    2. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3. Michael Douglas Shafer
    4. Antonio Arturo Cota
    5. Rhidian David Watson Orr
    6. ···
    9 lawyer answers

    Experience, experience, experience. Criminal defense lawyers need to know the law. They also need to know the nuts and bolts of court proceedings. You can study law all day long, spend time with professional organizations and spend lots of time on perfecting your internet image. But, at the end of the day, the greatest protection you have comes from the U.S. and State Constitutions. You are presumed innocent, and in every criminal case the government must prove you guilty beyond a...

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  9. What is considered an illegal search and could I ask my lawyer to suppress the evidence do to being an illegal search?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Craig Alan Platt
    1 lawyer answer

    **This question reads like a law school exam question. The short answer is that you need to obtain the advice of a competent lawyer in your jurisdiction. The long answer involves search and seizure law, about which treatises exist which take up an entire book case. One thing most people don't know is that search and seizure, although covered by the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution, can also be treated differently by State Constitutions, so long as the state does not take away rights...

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  10. Violation of court supervision

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Craig Alan Platt
    1 lawyer answer

    It is impossible to answer your questions without reviewing the court docket and other records. However, the good news is that under the U.S. Supreme Court case of Gideon v. Wainwright, any time you are facing jail time in this country you are entitled to a lawyer. Don't wait until you get to court, though. Call the court clerk and ask them how you get a public defender. Then contact the public defense intake coordinator to request a lawyer. Some courts do not provide a lawyer in advance (...

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