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Samantha J Leage

Thornton Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. I got second dui last month they change to differed .

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Samantha J Leage
    2. Sean D Mckee
    3. Patrick Owen Earl
    4. Anna K. Woods
    4 lawyer answers

    Your question is slightly unclear, but this is my take on it: You are on a deferred prosecution for your second DUI and you missed a required treatment session. You want to know if your deferred prosecution is now in jeopardy. First, I am not aware of any online chemical dependency treatment options. If such options exist, it is doubtful a Washington court would accept them. Most likely, once the probation department gets notice that you are not in compliance with treatment, the court will send...

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  2. If you get a no operators license infraction will that lose a DP for D.U.I?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Kenan Lee Isitt
    2. Mark C Blair
    3. Samantha J Leage
    4. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    4 lawyer answers

    I agree with both of the other answers. Your first step is to challenge the ticket. If there was no good reason for the officer to stop you and you can get the infraction dismissed, that would be the best chance to save your deferred prosecution. Sounds like it would be well worth the investment to hire an attorney to fight this ticket.

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  3. My sister obtained i.d in my name her pic. and got pulled over multiple times in my name now i have suspended license

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Samantha J Leage
    2. Derek Michael Smith
    3. Mark C Blair
    4. Brian Michael Sullivan
    5. Harry Edward Hudson Jr
    5 lawyer answers

    There are a lot of issues in the question you ask. As far as how you should go about getting your license back, you can send an email to drivers@dol.wa.gov and ask them to send you a list of all the tickets which are holding up your license. That would be a place to start. You will need to contact each court where you have a ticket so you can find out what the status of the tickets are and whether you still have time to challenge them or not. If you still have time to request a contested...

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  4. Arraignment in King Co for DWLS 3rd Degree

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Samantha J Leage
    2. Patrick Owen Earl
    3. Ethan Patrick Meaney
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with my colleague Mr. Earl. I also wanted to add that it is good you have arranged to pay your ticket and gotten relicensed. Those factors will help your attorney obtain a more favorable outcome for you in this case. DWLS 3 is a misdemeanor in Washington and carries a maximum penalty of 90 days jail and a $1000 fine. It is unlikely that you will do jail time if this is your first offense. Your attorney may be able to resolve the case for you at arraignment if you hire one beforehand.

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  5. Is it better to go to jury or bench trial?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Samantha J Leage
    2. Barry Franklin Poulson
    3. Tai Christopher Bogan
    3 lawyer answers

    In general, it is better to go with a bench trial if your case involves complicated legal and evidentiary issues. This may or may not be true in your case; you need to discuss the pros and cons of a jury trial vs. a bench trial with your attorney so you can make an informed decision about whether to waive your right to a trial by jury. It is ultimately your decision whether or not to take a plea deal, but your attorney will be able to advise you as to the best course of action (i.e. whether...

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  6. Hello there, I was recently arrested and accused of domestic violence any advice?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Samantha J Leage
    2. Patrick Owen Earl
    2 lawyer answers

    It can certainly be frustrating not being able to speak with your lawyer. Mr. Earl is correct, keep calling and request a call back. If you are not able to speak with your attorney until you get to court, the pretrial hearing may be continued. A continuance is not uncommon. When you do talk to your lawyer, maybe make an appointment to meet with him or her so you can get all of your questions answered. You may have a defense if the no contact order identifies the wrong person, but in the...

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  7. Plea bargaining as a first time offender

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Edward A Nelson
    2. Samantha J Leage
    3. Anthony Michael Solis
    3 lawyer answers

    The truth about our legal system is that the vast majority of cases are resolved by plea bargaining. Every person accused of a crime has the right to have a trial, but trial is not the best way to resolve every case. Trials can be time-consuming, risky, stressful, and expensive--for everyone involved (the accused, the witnesses, the lawyers, the jurors, etc). In terms of plea bargaining, a lack of criminal history and the strength of the evidence are two factors the prosecutor should take into...

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  8. Where can I obtain my criminal records and what's the charge?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Samantha J Leage
    2. Teresa Lynn Border
    3. Jeffrey L Kradel
    3 lawyer answers

    If all you need to know is what date you were charged, you can probably get that information for free by contacting the clerk of the court where your case originated. If you need a certified copy of your entire record, the clerk should be able to tell you the cost. Try googling the court too; some courts post limited information online.

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  9. Can a WA court require a UA during the 5th year of a deferred prosecution?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Samantha J Leage
    2. Derek Michael Smith
    3. Shawn Mccully
    4. Gregory David Spink
    4 lawyer answers

    The court *could* order a UA. But, typically this would only happen if there were a concern that you were drinking or using non-prescribed drugs in violation of the conditions of your deferred prosecution. Since the issue at your hearing is a ticket for driving without insurance, it is unlikely the court would order a UA. If you are still concerned about what might happen if the court orders a UA and you fail, I would suggest speaking with an experienced attorney in your area.

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  10. I am on deferred dui probation in Washington state and failed at least 10 interlock breath tests.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Samantha J Leage
    2. Gregory David Spink
    2 lawyer answers

    From your question, it is unclear whether you are on a deferred prosecution or a deferred sentence. In either case, the consequences of a revocation may include jail time and losing the opportunity to have the charge dismissed in the future. The sanctions you may be facing depend on the conditions of your deferred prosecution/sentence. For example, if one of the conditions is that you abstain completely from drinking alcohol, you may be facing revocation even though the results of your tests...

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