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Alexander Floyd Ransom

Bellingham Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. If you get pulled over should you take the breathalyzer test? Sobriety tests?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Valerie Semmes Bouffiou
    2. Jonathan J Lewis
    3. Alexander Floyd Ransom
    4. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    5. Patrick Owen Earl
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    Field sobriety tests and portable breath tests are voluntary. You will not be penalized if you do not volunteer for these tests. However, you'll get enhanced penalties from the Department of Licensing and the Prosecutor will seek an upper-level "Refusal" DUI if you refuse a BAC test. Consult an attorney.

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  2. How can i let the police know that their informant has falsely reported to them that i am a drug user when im not?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Alexander Floyd Ransom
    2. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    3. John Carlson Terry
    4. George Alan Steele
    4 lawyer answers

    I agree with counsel above. Hire a lawyer. Do NOT speak to the police yourself. Experienced criminal defense attorneys handle these issues all of the time. Typically, we'll write a letter and send it via certified mail to both the Prosecutor and the Sheriff's Office. Among other things, the letter should say something like this: "Please convey to law enforcement that if they wish to contact, question or interview our client again, they should contact my office. My staff will arrange for a...

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  3. Took a deal and now I think it was a mistake. Is it possible to have it reviewed to see if I could have done better?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Valerie Semmes Bouffiou
    2. Douglas Adam Green
    3. Alexander Floyd Ransom
    4. James D. Laukkonen
    4 lawyer answers

    Earlier in my career, I took cases where clients wanted me to withdraw guilty pleas. Usually, the case involved an overworked public defender and/or a sloppy private attorney. I don't take these cases anymore. Let me explain . . . It's very difficult to wihdraw a guilty plea. The strongest argument for withdrawing a plea is "Newly Discovered Evidence" or "Ineffective Assistance of Counsel" (IAC). Here, newly discovered evidence is not an issue (that I know of). We can raise and dismiss that...

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  4. Out of state and with a criminal charge

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Billie Renee Morelli
    2. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    3. Alexander Floyd Ransom
    4. Kevin P. Landry
    5. Jacob Brian Smith
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    Assuming your charges were not DV-related, there's a good chance of resolving this with ONE HEARING, and possibly with a DISMISSAL. Hire an attorney with strong and favorable connections with the Prosecutor's Office (it'll make the rest of this plan much easier). S/he'll need to explain to the Prosecutor that you live in Florida. Have your attorney obtain police reports from the Prosecutor's Office ASAP. Once obtained, your attorney must review the reports and find the victim's contact...

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  5. If i go 2 trial is it possible 4 pros. 2 prove i was inside a building i was not and should i feel safe using a public attrn?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Mark C Blair
    2. Matthew Curran Knauss
    3. Alexander Floyd Ransom
    4. Jay Scott Finnecy
    5. Vitaliy Kertchen
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    What is your record? What do the police reports say? Who are the witnesses? Camera Surveillance? 911 Calls? Are there co-defendants? Were the burglary tools in your possession? These issues and more frame the weight of the evidence against you. Perhaps its' a good issue to raise reasonable doubt before a jury trial. perhaps at pretrial motions, some of the alleged evidence can be suppressed as the fruits of a poisonous search. At any rate, hire an attorney ASAP.

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  6. Self defense

    Answered 7 days ago.

    1. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    2. James Stanton Abrenio
    3. Robert Jason De Groot
    4. Jay Scott Finnecy
    5. Jonathan D. Esten
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    Yes, your son can legally defend himself. Under the Washington Pattern Jury Instructions (WPIC) and case law, self-defense upon or toward the person of another is lawful when used by a person who reasonably believes that they are about to be injured by someone lawfully aiding a person who he or she reasonably believes is about to be injured in preventing or attempting to prevent an offense against the person, and when the force is not more than is necessary. The defendant has the burden of...

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  7. My daughter got suspended and principal will not cooperate with me I need to know what happens and she don't want to show videos

    Answered 15 days ago.

    1. Alexander Floyd Ransom
    2. Vitaliy Kertchen
    3. James D. Laukkonen
    4. Jay Scott Finnecy
    4 lawyer answers

    If your daughter was suspended for criminal behavior, it was caught on the video, and she is charged with a crime, then you have a Constitutional right under the 6th Amendment to view the video evidence. Hire an attorney and have them file a Motion to Compel and/or a Public Disclosure request. Perhaps they won't share the video because it depicts the identities of other minors. For more information on this, please read my Legal Guide titled, "MAKE THE PROSECUTOR COOPERATE! ARGUING MOTIONS TO...

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  8. Have a warrant from 7 years ago in kittitas county for dwls 3rd and obstructing a police officer, will i go to jail?

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Valerie Semmes Bouffiou
    2. Shane M Silverthorn
    3. Matthew Robert White
    4. Alexander Floyd Ransom
    4 lawyer answers

    Hire an attorney to quash the warrant and resolve the charges. The attorney must note up a warrant-quashing hearing to take place at the available court calendar. Once the attorney files their Notice of Appearance and Demand for Discovery on the underlying charges, the attorney can negotiate a resolution with the Prosecutor. The case is old. They Prosecutor might dismiss. More practically, they'll probably make a generous plea offer. At any rate, have your attorney negotiate both the case...

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  9. How do I plead to 3rd assault?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Alexander Floyd Ransom
    2. Carl A Munson JR
    3. Mark E Bratlien
    4. Michael P Brodsky
    4 lawyer answers

    Assault 3 is a fairly serious offense. As mentioned above, it's a Class C felony exposing you to 5 years jail and $10K in fines. Usually, the charge applies when victims are police officers, transit operators (bus drivers), judicial officers (judges, lawyers, etc.), and/or nurses and doctors performing their duties. The legal definition of "assault" is fairly broad, and can be broken into three different types. (1) Intentional touching, striking or contact with another person that is...

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  10. Do i need a lawyer on my first court date on a dui

    Answered 15 days ago.

    1. Joseph Anthony Breidenbach
    2. Michael P Brodsky
    3. Valerie Semmes Bouffiou
    4. Michael D. Litman
    5. David Nelson Jolly
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    Yes, hire an attorney. They can make things much easier for you and your defense. Depending on the facts and your priors, DUI cases involve ptentially invasive pretrial release conditions. You might have to submit to weekly UA's, breath tests and/or daily antabuse consumption. Also, the court might follow the Prosecutor's recommendation for high bail. Finally, if you have priors within the last 10 years, the court could order the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device. Most of these...

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