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Scott Weymouth Lawrence

Seattle Speeding / Traffic Ticket Lawyer.

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  1. I got a DUI but never got a citation? The officer took me home & said I need to mail a paper to the DOL within 20 days?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    2. Joseph C Rome
    3. Jonathan David Rands
    4. Alan Baker
    5. Kris R. Jensen
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    In Washington, you can be charged with DUI up to two years after the date of the incident. A citation is not necessary to initiate a charge. In most jurisdictions, the police forward the police reports to the prosecutor for review. The prosecutor then decides whether or not to charge a crime. This process can take many months. On rare occasion charges are filed a year, or more, later (I have seen a DUI filed as late as 23 months after the incident). The prosecutor will probably not tell...

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  2. I'm being turned down for jobs left and right for a old dui, these job DO NOT require me to drive. Am I misunderstanding the law

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    2. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    3. Vitaliy Kertchen
    4. James D. Laukkonen
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    This is exactly the reason that I and my fellow colleagues on this site continual warn against pleading guilty for criminal offenses, ESPECIALLY DUI. You can never remove a DUI conviction from your record AND it can affect your ability to do many things for the rest of your life.

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  3. If I get appointed a public defender can i hire a lawyer for my Kitsap county theft3 charge if my Pd is incompetent?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    2. Michael Lawrence Doyle
    3. Stan Glisson
    4. Frank Mascagni III
    5. Cassandra Ann Rodriguez
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    I think you'll find that public defenders are rarely incompetent. More often they just have way too many cases to give each case the individual attention it deserves. It is usually not a problem to switch attorneys, especially fairly early on in the case. The only time I've seen judges deny a substitution of counsel is if they feel that you're using it as a delay tactic, to play games or at trial after all the witnesses are present. On the other hand, if you can afford an attorney why...

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  4. I got a ticket for DUI even though I blew a .055. How is that possible?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    2. Brian Michael Sullivan
    3. Joseph C Rome
    4. Lennard Anthony Nahajski
    5. Jacob Brian Smith
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    It is a common misunderstanding that there is actually a "legal limit. Instead, you are presumed to be too impaired to drive if you were above .08. However, if you're below .08 the state can still introduce evidence to try and prove that your ability to drive was affected by alcohol. This is obviously very frustrating, because many people don't understand this and get charged with DUI when they thought they were doing exactly what the law allows them to do. For some reason, they seem to...

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  5. Is it too late to get a lawyer?

    Answered 18 days ago.

    1. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    2. Jacob Brian Smith
    3. Anthony Paul Delluniversita
    4. Nathan L Webb
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    This is your arraignment hearing. The only thing that's going to happen is you're going to enter a plea of not guilty in and get a new court dates for pretrial hearing and trial. A better time to get a lawyer, is immediately after arrest because of the Department of Licensing administrative action against your license that starts right away. BUT, it's definitely not too late to get a lawyer. He or she will have plenty of time to work on your case. Not only is it not too late, but you need a...

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  6. Does the washington state patol have to have a search warrant to take blood, when they make a dui stop?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Patrick Owen Earl
    2. Vitaliy Kertchen
    3. Joseph C Rome
    4. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    5. Thomas A. Mackin
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    In a DUI case, the officer can ask for a blood sample instead of a breath sample when there is: (1) "Reasonable grounds" to believe you are driving under the influence of drugs; (2) You are in the hospital being treated for injuries; (3) The is probable cause for Vehicular Assault or Vehicular Manslaughter; or (4) If you have been convicted of certain drug or alcohol-related felony driving offenses. If you refuse a lawful request for a blood test, the officer has the option of...

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  7. Becoming a lawyer with a vacated pre trial diversion?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    2. Dave Hawkins
    3. Frank Mascagni III
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    Most lost schools in the Washington State Bar Association require you to disclose any and all arrests. This is probably not something that will keep you out of law school or from becoming a lawyer. However, If you lie on your application or leave things out You probably will have no chance of getting accepted into the bar. Be truthful And be ready to answer questions about the situation. Scott. Lawrence Law Office of Scott Lawrence Sent from my Motorola Smartphone on the Now Network...

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  8. How long is jurisdiction in a dui case

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    2. Christopher A Swaby
    3. Michael Steven Clark
    4. Heather Rogers Straub
    5. Cristine Beckwith
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    The court can retain jurisdiction on a DUI case for up to five years from the date of conviction. Any time spent in warrant status would not count towards that time. If no warrants were ever issued the case should have been closed in 2011. If warrants were issued it could be longer. If there is currently an active warrant the court retain jurisdiction for at least as long as the warrant exists (theoretically forever).

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  9. I have my hearing(after arraignment) on the 28th for driving while license suspended, not guilty didnt know, how do i prepare?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    2. Vitaliy Kertchen
    3. Jasen Bodie Nielsen
    4. Jessica Lorene Campbell
    5. Patrick Owen Earl
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    Notice of suspension is often the biggest issue in Driving While License Suspended cases. The type of notice required depends on the type of suspension. DOL does not have to prove actual notice, but only that they followed State Law and Constitutional Due Process requirements in attempting to give you noticed. If you moved and didn't notify DOL of the new address it may not matter that you did not get notice. On the other hand, DOL makes a lot of mistakes when mailing out notices. Your...

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  10. My son was involved in an alcohol related car accident this past Sunday. I need to know what comes next....

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Daniel Matthew McLafferty
    2. Jeffery Scott Whalley
    3. Scott W Edwards
    4. Erin Bradley McAleer
    5. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
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    You are starting down the right path. He will need legal advice and counsel. Because this is a driving offense it will be charged in District Court, not Juvenile Court. He will almost certainly be charged with DUI. A single car accident with a .283 is not going to make him any friends in the prosecutor's office or the court, either. If convicted of a DUI (above .15) he could be sentenced to 364 days in jail, a $5000 fine a 1 year license suspension and 5 years probation. He is also...

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