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Lenell Rae Nussbaum

Lenell Nussbaum’s Answers

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  • Am I in trouble for threatening a person over face book?

    My husband and I are in a long distance relationship and there's this girl who works with him and flirts him really bad and has even stalked my husband in places.She likes all his face book pictures and is all over him at work and she's his boss.M...

    Lenell’s Answer

    Threatening to harm a person, in person or in writing, is a crime of harassment. If one threatens to kill another, it is a felony in Washington. I strongly urge you not to threaten others. If you are being psychologically damaged, please seek assistance from a mental health professional. Leave your husband to deal with his employment situation.

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  • So why would my appeal be denied up front based on deny on the merits?

    Where are the rules on appeals with the Supreme Court and Appeals court? If I pay the filing fee shouldn't my case be heard and not just denied on the merits? Shouldn't we go through the whole process and get to the end then my case is rejected an...

    Lenell’s Answer

    The Washington Court of Appeals has a procedure called a Motion on the Merits that permits the Court to review a case based on the appellant's brief filed and decide whether it is entirely without merit. That may be the procedure used in your case. You can file a Motion to Modify if you want a panel of three judges to review the ruling "on the merits." If you wish to retain counsel to see what your other options may be, I recommend finding an experienced appellate lawyer in this state.

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  • Looking to hire experienced excellent attorney that can help our family and especially help save my brothers life!!! Please..

    My brother is in custody and recently got sentenced to do 1yr in county jail for two Assault 3's . But the entire trial,jury was bias.. so me his sister and our family want an appeal filed along with help figuring out about the new charges that ar...

    Lenell’s Answer

    I am an experienced appellate lawyer and I handle pre-charging investigations as well. Please call my office: 206.728.0996.

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  • I had a Felony C in Seattle but I didn't went to trail I sign for speedy trial waiver and after I had to leave out US

    I have been arrested in 2011 for Felony C Attempted ID Theft and Marijuana possess 0.98 grams , I sign for speedy trail waiver but after that I had to leave US and didn't go to court any more. What should I do to see what happened with my case.

    Lenell’s Answer

    If you didn't have a lawyer then, you can retain one now to look into it for you. Sometimes an arrest does not lead to a charge being filed. If no charge was filed, you are good. If a charge was filed and you failed to appear for a scheduled court date, there probably is a warrant out for your arrest. You would do well to take care of it. You can look up your name on line for King County and see the docket. If you can't afford to retain counsel and there is a warrant out for your arrest, you can contact the office of public defense to have counsel appointed for you.

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  • I'm 15 years old and my boyfriend is 19. We think I might be pregnant. Can he go to jail for this? If so howlong would he go?

    We are in love, and he is trying to get a job and go to collage. I don't want him to go to jail.

    Lenell’s Answer

    The criminal laws in Washington say it is a felony for someone at least 48 months older to have sexual intercourse with someone under the age of 16. Technically, then, it depends on your dates of birth. If he is 48 months older than you, he can be charged with rape of a child in the third degree. If he is less than 48 months older than you, there is no crime. See RCW 9A.44.079. The law sets the standard range sentence for a first offense of this crime at 12 months and one day to 14 months in prison. RCW 9.94A.515, 9.94A.510. If he is 48 months older than you, he should consult a lawyer.

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  • Does GR 34 apply to filing an appeal? And does one file an appeal and pay filing fee in Superior Court or

    Appeals Court?

    Lenell’s Answer

    If you wish to appeal a decision, you file the notice of appeal in the court from which that decision came. Yes, you can obtain a waiver of fees. The court clerk should be able to direct you to the forms they need.

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  • What can I do to prevent my boyfriend from going to jail?

    I'm a minor and I'm pregnant. My baby's dad who is currently my boyfriend is over 18. I am aware that in the state of Washington it is considered statutory rape and that he can go to jail and get registered as a sex offender. But my mom has no int...

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    The law permits you to consent to sex if you are at least 16. The law permits you to consent to sex if you are 14 or 15 if the other person is not more than 48 months older than you are. So if you are within those age limits, you have nothing to worry about.

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  • What is the quickest way for an appeal? Is a direct review shorter?

    I do not have a year to wait for a decision

    Lenell’s Answer

    You don't specify what sort of decision you wish to appeal. An appeal from a misdemeanor court can sometimes be decided in less than a year. An appeal from a superior court's commissioner's ruling may be heard with a motion for revision by a superior court judge more quickly. An appeal from a final judgment in superior court will take 18-24 months. I don't know what you mean by "direct review." While there are rules permitting expedited review in the Court of Appeals, those cases get routed to a commissioner instead of a panel of judges and ironically sometimes take longer overall. The purpose of a trial court is to make a decision. The purpose of an appeal is to make the right decision, according to a careful review of the record and the law. It is a careful procedure that takes substantial time.

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  • How do I get away or him out without losing my son and our home?? I can't fit all details below--not enough space.

    I've been in a relationship with a man for 4 years. I have A-FIB. One day, we were arguing and I headed downstairs toward the front door to leave. He rushed at me, shoulder driven into my solar plexus. I collapsed. When he gets mad, he cont...

    Lenell’s Answer

    Contact New Beginnings, a shelter and program for battered women. www.newbegin.org/get-help, or call 206-522-9472. They can help you see your way clear. Good luck.

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  • I'm charged of assault and battery DV and don't know what to do, as I'm french and completely stranger to american laws.

    I have a pre-trial on next 22nd of september after been in jail for one night. I saw the judge and didn't know what to plea as I had any memories of what happened, and didn't know if I well understood the situation (I'm french and here since a yea...

    Lenell’s Answer

    Your first step is to retain a good criminal defense lawyer to represent you. If you are not a United States citizen, a conviction for domestic violence carries the possibility of deportation. If you cannot afford a lawyer, the court will appoint one for you. But the pre-trial hearing means your case is headed for a trial, which may or may not be what you want. Your lawyer can review the evidence, explain the laws to you, and help find a resolution or prepare to fight the case at trial, depending on the specific situation you face. Good luck.

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