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Billie Renee Morelli

Concrete Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Out of state and with a criminal charge

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Billie Renee Morelli
    2. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    3. Alexander Floyd Ransom
    4. Kevin P. Landry
    5. Jacob Brian Smith
    6. ···
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    I have been able to successfully negotiate cases for out-of-state misdemeanor clients in the past - without them EVER having to set foot in WA again. I've done the same for individuals with warrants - no court appearance was ever necessary. Perhaps another one of us here on Avvo will succeed in such an endeavor again. To get rid of the warrant a bail bondsman should be able to help (the firm I recommend charges an 8% fee) , but they can't help negotiate the courts for you so you might as...

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  2. Is it prosecutor misconduct if the DA is aware that a witness is lying?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Billie Renee Morelli
    2. Jay Scott Finnecy
    3. Vitaliy Kertchen
    4. Christine C McCall
    4 lawyer answers

    Attorneys may not allow a witness to lie on the stand (if the attorney knows it to be a lie). In this case, there is simply conflicting accounts. First, that's not necessarily a lie. Two people have two different perspectives all the time. Even if one is lying, as long as the prosecutor does not know which one, he or she can put both on the stand and let the jury decide which one to believe, if any. If the prosecutor only uses one, your counsel is free to use the other. I don't see...

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  3. Pierce County, WA -My friend took a plea for 27 years & will be sentenced in two weeks. His attorney has not once met with him.

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Billie Renee Morelli
    2. Aaron J Nielson
    3. Patrick Terrance Lackie
    3 lawyer answers

    You've asked a doozy of a question and I will not attempt a full answer. But I can give some thoughts. First, it is very difficult to withdrawal a plea. It sounds like this individual wants to withdrawal based on "ineffective assistance of counsel." I don't know whether that occurred or not. It is quite common for folks with public defenders to only meet with their client's during court. And typically only certain public defenders - highly qualified public defenders - are assigned murder...

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  4. Orting police is threatening to send the judge a statement to arrest me if I don't drive 30 mls. to make a statement tonight?

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. James Edmund Oliver JR
    2. Billie Renee Morelli
    3. Valerie Semmes Bouffiou
    4. Robert Jason De Groot
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    You are not obligated to talk the the police. Ever. If they want to talk to you this badly, I would suggest you politely say "I invoke my right not to incriminate myself and want a lawyer." If they persist, walk away, hang up, shut the door, whatever. And get yourself a lawyer now because they'll be back.

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  5. I received a phone call from a private investigator stating I have two felony warrants pending

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    2. Billie Renee Morelli
    3. Robert Vance Salter
    4. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    5. Joseph Gerard Cella
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    I agree with my colleague, scam or bill collector - both acting illegally. Don't make contact with her and hang up if she or anyone from her office calls again. I'd log the calls and report them to your state Attorney General's office.

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  6. Question about a break-in > 1 year ago and statute of limitations.

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Billie Renee Morelli
    2. Luke Edward Baumgarten
    3. Emily Laz
    4. Sean Cleary
    5. Daniel Matthew McLafferty
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    Your assailant need not have been criminally charged for you to pursue a civil personal injury action. And it wouldn't surprise me one bit if the prosecutor charged him anyway. Hopefully they did so you have a chance at finding out this person's name and current address (call the county prosecutor's victim's advocate line). Anyone on Avvo who lists "personal injury" as a focus area can help you. FYI, if this bozo is burgling you, I can't imagine him/her having any money/insurance to pay for...

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  7. Probation Violation that should be Quashed

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Billie Renee Morelli
    2. Emily Laz
    3. Adrian Martinez Madrone
    4. Michael Adam Haber
    5. Anthony Bettencourt Cameron
    5 lawyer answers

    Sounds like perhaps there was a screw up and probation was never properly transferred? Yeah, you need a lawyer. If WA is supposed to be supervising you, then it is WA who should be accusing you of a violation. But TX is, which makes me think there was a screw up at the beginning. You need a lawyer to sort all this out. Give one of us a call. It might just take a letter and copies of your original paperwork, which would be less expensive than a full-blown case.

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  8. Hi I arrested for shoplifting yesterday. I put a dress in my shopping bag,I want to know will shoplifting affect my future?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Billie Renee Morelli
    2. J. Denise Carter
    3. Erin Bradley McAleer
    4. Valerie Semmes Bouffiou
    4 lawyer answers

    First, the crisis line in BC is at http://crisiscentre.bc.ca/. You can call or use the website to "chat." This type of situation can be very emotional and you need someone to talk to you can trust, besides us lawyers. Please use the crisis line tonight. I do not wish you to die. I bet your kids don't want you to die, either. OK, onto shoplifting. It's not the end of the world. Its a misdemeanor. If this is a first offense, jailtime mostly likely will NOT be part of any sentence,...

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  9. Am I being told the truth by prosecutor office? Who can see a file at the prosecutor office?

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Billie Renee Morelli
    2. Valerie Semmes Bouffiou
    3. Michael Robert Charbonneau
    4. Bruce J. Finlay
    5. Lenell Rae Nussbaum
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    6 lawyer answers

    The evidence is not with the Court. The evidence is with the Prosecutor and shared with your defense attorney. If you are going to proceed pro se (on your own) the Prosecutor must give it to, but they will drag their feet and piss and moan and you might even have to motion the court. If you've fired your attorney and he or she received the discovery prior to firing, that attorney is required to hand over the file to you. BUT, there are rules about not providing actual copies, just showing...

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  10. Am i allowed to have a couple beers on my 25th birthday if im on pre trial supervision/probation for a DUI?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Ryan Hogaboam
    2. Michael P Brodsky
    3. Billie Renee Morelli
    4. Kevin H. Pate
    5. Emily Laz
    5 lawyer answers

    From all of us criminal defense attorneys who have had prior clients who didn't bother asking - thakn you! One less problem created for yourself. Unlike school and work and your mom, the legal system does not care that it is your birthday. I have never seen an alcohol-related case where the defendant was allowed to drink pre-trial. Look at your paperwork. Call your attorney. You will almost certainly find that part of your pre-trial release conditions include no drinking AT ALL. If you...

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