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Scott Weymouth Lawrence

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  • I'm on unsupervised Misdemeanor probation. Last month I was charged With a new crime. We are in the middle of negotiating this

    I have had a few hearings for this new chargE they are accusing me Of. Then the other day, I got a summons to attend a review hearing in the mail. It states that I violated my unsupervised probation. Even though, I haven't Even been convicted of ...

    Scott’s Answer

    You do have the right to a hearing and the prosecution has to prove that a violation occurred. However, the burden of proof for a probation violation (preponderance of the evidence) is lower than what needs to be proved for a conviction (beyond a reasonable doubt). This means a conviction on the new charge is not necessary. You could beat the new charge and still be found in violation of your probation. Get an attorney to help you with this.

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  • Do I need a lawyer to expunge my felony burglary 2 charge? How do I find an affordable lawyer?

    I was charged in King County in 2006 with burglary 2. The Judge told me to come back in 5 years to get it expunged from my record. Now its been close to 10 years and I finally need to take care of this. I feel that it is very straight forward and ...

    Scott’s Answer

    Cheapest way is for you to do it. There is a do-it-yourself guide to expungement on the Washington Courts website. It can be a little intimidating if you're not experienced in filing court papers, but it's a relatively simple process. If you can't figure it out, or you decide it's too much of a pain, you can find an attorney to do it for several hundred dollars.

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  • Reared ended by a truck and got a ticket for Brake Checking.

    I was returning to the left lane after an Ambulance went by when a truck accelerated and hooked at me. I put on the brakes and he rear ended me. I received a ticket for "Brake Checking" the truck. Not sure how this is possible he if would have b...

    Scott’s Answer

    "Brake checking" is not the title of any infraction. What were you cited for?

    It is the policy of most agencies to cite everyone in an accident who may be "at fault." Sounds like the officer decided you were part of the cause as well.

    What I absolutely would not do is argue to the judge that you should not be guilty of an infraction because you were simply "brake checking" the other car. You will probably find the judge very unsympathetic.

    You're going to have a much higher chance of success with an experienced ticket attorney. Most dismissals are the result of technical defenses, based on the rules of evidence, court rules and the rules of procedure, not the facts.

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  • Likelihood of Nordstrom pressing charges for theft?

    On June 6th I was stopped by Nordstrom loss prevention about items they felt I stole from their store during my visit. All of the items in question were retrieved and totalled less than $200. The cops were called and I was read my rights but relea...

    Scott’s Answer

    Anytime the police are called they complete a report and forward it to the prosecutor. The prosecutor then decides whether to file charges. It is out of the stores hands and charges are very likely to be filed. Whether or not you pay will have nothing to do with whether you are charged. Once you are charged your attorney may be able to use payment to negotiate a compromise of a misdemeanor or some type of plea deal. Get an attorney to represent you on the criminal charges and let your attorney advise you on if and when to pay the civil demand.

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  • How do I fight a speeding ticket in Washington state?

    I've never received a speeding ticket before. The officer said I was going 37 mph in a 25 mph zone.

    Scott’s Answer

    there is no one magic bullet that works. It could be one or more of hundreds of defenses apply to your case. Hire a professional that knows what to look for and how to argue it when he is she sees it.

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  • I got convicted for DUI , gave lawyer 3000 & did not win the case, now want to terminate my probation and he is asking more $$$?

    Just to file a motion with the court to terminate my probation, my attorney is asking for more money. I have already paid him 3000 for the case he did not win and again more just to file a motion seems ridiculous? any advice would be great!

    Scott’s Answer

    Just to add to the other answers. Judges don't like to terminate DUI probation early. Among other factors, judges are elected and have many political pressures to appear tough on crime. You need to understand that your attorney (or any attorney you choose to hire) may not "win" this issue either.

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  • I was arrested for reckless driving. 72 in a 30 mph.. booked in county jail.. what are my options for pleading my case down to

    what are my option for pleading my case down to a lesser offense..

    Scott’s Answer

    Reckless driving is actually one of the harder misdemeanor cases to prove. As such you may have some defenses or the ability to resolve the case without too much impact on your life. What your actually options will be will depend on the facts, any issues in the case, your record, what type of proactive steps you take to show responsibility, the judge, the prosecutor, your attorney and many more factors. You need to hire an attorney who can review the case. That is the only way your going to get a meaningful answer to this question.

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  • Is my DNA permenantly on file?

    So, I recently got into some legal trouble and had my fingerprints/handprints taken along with two separate occasions of cheek swabs for DNA. I don't forecast myself to be a repeat offender, but if I do run into trouble again should I expect t...

    Scott’s Answer

    The whole point of ordering felons to give DNA samples is to more easily catch repeat offenders. Yes it will be part of a database.

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  • Is it still theft in the 3rd degree (theft of services) if I left my CC, name, address, phone # and called in & paid my bill?

    I was invited out by a colleague who was running late. I ended up eating, & having a couple drinks over a 3 hour period waiting when my friend called & said they weren't coming. I had been hanging out with a gentleman who offered to pay my $24.xx ...

    Scott’s Answer

    Theft involves the intent to deprive someone of their property (or services). I'm guessing that the service provider has a different view of the facts or charges would not have been filed. Even with what you have provided there is probably enough evidence to create a "dispute of facts" as to whether you ordered the drinks with the intent to "steal" them. As such, you could be charged and even convicted. From the facts that you have provided it sounds like you have a good defense at trial. Keep in mind that I'm making this statement knowing only the few facts you provided. I might have an entirely different opinion after reviewing all of the witness statements and other evidence in this case. If you have been charged with theft you are going to need an attorney.

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  • I was wondering I was charged in 1999 for dv charge I was arrested Sent to juvenile hall for 4 days. And it was continued over

    adult court 4 months later cause I turned 18. I just went to apply for a medical job and they denied me cause of the charge. I was wondering after 16 years and me doing time how can I get it off my record

    Scott’s Answer

    You should be able to petition the court to vacate the conviction and dismiss the charge, if you:

    (1) have no convictions since this case;
    (2) have no charges pending;
    (3) have not had a misdemeanor conviction vacated and dismissed before; AND
    (4) it has been three years since you the case was closed and you paid all fines, restitution, etc...

    The Washington Courts website has some good information on how to do this or you can hire an attorney to do this for you.

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