Sarah Beth Tuerk’s Answers

Sarah Beth Tuerk

Everett Juvenile Law Attorney.

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  1. Can you file bankruptcy with home for sale

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Dorothy G Bunce
    2. Sarah Beth Tuerk
    3. Alan D. Walton
    4. Richard Gaines Heston
    4 lawyer answers

    You can sell your home, with approval from the bankruptcy trustee and the Judge. Or, you can retain the property under a homestead exemption and sell the property after the bankruptcy (which does not require approval from the trustee and judge). In either case, you can likely retain some or all of the proceeds of the sale if it's the only home you own. Check this website for more specific information on the homestead exemption in the state where your home is located: http://thismatter.com/...

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  2. Arrest record expungement?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Sarah Beth Tuerk
    1 lawyer answer

    OSPI and school districts will have records from the Washington State Patrol. You can go to the WSP office and request to inspect your own record. Or, for $10, you can also go to the WSP website and order a “WATCH” transcript (Washington Access to Criminal History), which will allow you to view and print everything on your record in this state. Although your charge was dismissed, it will still show up on Washington State Patrol records. Unfortunately, you do have to wait for the...

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  3. I'm 18, my boyfriend is 16, we are thinking of becoming sexually active... is it legal in WA?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Sarah Beth Tuerk
    2. Erik P. Kaeding
    3. Jennifer Vickers Freeman
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes, it is legal. The age of consent in Washington State is 16. For your reference, RCW 9A.44.010 sets forth the definition of "sexual contact" and "consent."

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  4. Can I contact 3 employers the same day for every week for my job search here in Washington state.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Sarah Beth Tuerk
    2. Andrew Lawrence Weitz
    2 lawyer answers

    I'm not sure that I understand the exact nature of your question. But, if you are referring to the Employment Security (unemployment benefits) requirement for weekly job logs, you do have to make three separate contacts every week in an attempt to find work. You can make all three contacts in one day, rather than spacing them out throughout the week. You are supposed to contact different employers for each contact, however - so don't call the same three every week. So, if your question is...

  5. Can a 17 y.o. runaway file a CHINs petition to legally get out of an abusive home situation so he's no longer a runaway?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Sarah Beth Tuerk
    1 lawyer answer

    Yes, a CHINS petition can be filed in the county where the youth/parent resides. Generally, a free packet of information including the petition and instructions on how to proceed can be obtained at the clerk's office at the juvenile court. There are specific legal requirements for having a CHINS petition granted and you will need to review them thoroughly to determine that the youth meets the conditions to qualify as a child in need of services. It sounds like this case could fall within the...

  6. If i have a "sealed" criminal back ground will it show up on a background search?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Nicholas A. Wood
    2. Edward A Nelson
    3. Vitaliy Kertchen
    4. Sarah Beth Tuerk
    4 lawyer answers

    If your firearms rights were revoked, you would need to petition the court to have them restored regardless of whether your records are sealed or not. However, it sounds like you may not have lost your rights if all you had were misdemeanor charges and you successfully completed diversion. You should contact the juvenile court to inquire about that. If needed, you can get a packet from the clerk's office to petition to have your rights restored. The packet should only cost about $20 and...

  7. With the recent Dec 6th 2012 law change in WA, can my girlfriend and I still file for domestic partnership?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Michael Evan Stowell
    2. Kate M Forrest
    3. Sarah Beth Tuerk
    4. Melissa Marie Denton
    4 lawyer answers

    Yes

  8. I am looking for an immigration attorney to represent my fiance Jose Diaz Tolentino in Northwest Detention Center, please.

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Andre R. Olivie
    2. Sarah Beth Tuerk
    3. Kyndra L. Mulder
    4. Robert West
    4 lawyer answers

    I recommend that you contact immigration attorney Marina Dzhamilova for a consultation. 206.850.3202.

  9. Can i get child support?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Rodney George Pierce
    2. Susan Lee Beecher
    3. Sarah Beth Tuerk
    4. Bruce Allan Boice
    4 lawyer answers

    Child support is determined by the parent's ability to pay and the child's need. If you file a petition for dissolution or legal separation, you can then bring a motion for temporary orders requesting child support. The support obligation would be effective on the date the temporary order is entered by the Court. When final orders are entered, a request can be made to collect support retroactively from the date of separation (i.e., when you moved into separate residences). I recommend that...

  10. I have a bench warrant for failure to appear. Now what?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Ezra N. Goldman
    2. Joshua Duane Jones
    3. Sarah Beth Tuerk
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with both of the previous answers. Contact a criminal attorney to set up a consultation and have the attorney set a court hearing for you. It's great that you want to take responsibility and take care of your legal obligations now. I would suggest that you gather any information that might reflect a positive change in your life since you got the DUI (letters of recommendation from employers, pastors, schools, any educational degree or certificate you may have earned, a favorable drug/...