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Joseph Orry-Leroy Baker

Seattle Lawsuit / Dispute Attorney.

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  1. Dwls 2nd degree

    Answered almost 7 years ago.

    1. Joseph Orry-Leroy Baker
    2. Sharon Elizabeth Chirichillo
    3. Nicholas William Juhl
    3 lawyer answers

    Driving while license suspended in the second degree (or "DWLS 2") is a common charge in Washington for individuals who have either been (1) arrested for driving under the influence, or (2) convicted of driving while under the influence. In the first instance, these individuals will often have their licenses suspended administratively by D.O.L. because they either blew above the legal limit (0.08 in Washington) or because they "refused" to provide a sample of their breath (or blood in...

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  2. In Washington state, can you be cited for operating a boat under the influence if you are at anchor?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Joseph Orry-Leroy Baker
    2. Jennifer Melissa Azure
    3. Nathan L Webb
    3 lawyer answers

    I generally agree with Ms. Azure's answer, but wanted to write separately to add some additional information. RCW 79A.60.010(16) defines "operate" as "to steer, direct, or otherwise have physical control of a vessel that is underway." RCW 79A.60.010(28) defines "underway" as follows: "'Underway' means that a vessel is not at anchor, or made fast to the shore, or aground." So, by definition at least, a boat that is "at anchor" is not "underway" for purposes of Washington boating under...

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  3. DUI and deferred prosecution

    Answered almost 7 years ago.

    1. Joseph Orry-Leroy Baker
    2. Patricia Ann Fulton
    3. Okorie Okorocha
    3 lawyer answers

    This is a great question. The decision about whether to undertake the job of "deferred prosecution" in Washington is an intensely-personal and (often times) gut-wrenching one. Simply stated, a "deferred prosecution" is a program under which the petitioner agrees to complete a two-year treatment program and comply with certain conditions imposed on him or her by the court (both before and after completing the treatment program) in exchange for dismissal of the charges against him or her. In...

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  4. Will my partners married status prevent being sued as a committed intimate relationship and is my separate bank account at risk?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Joseph Orry-Leroy Baker
    1 lawyer answer

    The court considers several factors in determining whether a "committed intimate relationship" existed. These factors include, but are not limited to, the following: continuous cohabitation; relationship duration; relationship purpose; pooling of resources and services for joint projects; and the parties' intent. No one factor is controlling in this analysis. With respect to your specific question, courts have held that "remaining married during the relationship is a fact to consider, but...

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  5. What legal responsibility does a nine year old have in an accident

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Joseph Orry-Leroy Baker
    2. Laura Mcfarland-Taylor
    3. Jason Eric Kipness
    3 lawyer answers

    There is a state statute on point regarding this situation: RCW 4.24.190 provides that "[t]he parent or parents of any minor child under the age of eighteen years who is living with the parent or parents and who shall willfully or maliciously destroy or deface property ... shall be liable to the owner of such property or to the person injured in a civil action at law for damages in an amount not to exceed five thousand dollars." The question in your case then becomes whether the injury to...

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