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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 5 days ago.

    1. Valerie Semmes Bouffiou
    2. Jonathan J Lewis
    3. Alexander Floyd Ransom
    4. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    5. Patrick Owen Earl
    6. ···
    8 lawyer answers

    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 3 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 3 days 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 3 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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    6 lawyer answers

    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 2 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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    6 lawyer answers

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

    Answered 4 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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  7. 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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  8. Is it illegal to punch someone in the face if some body is attacking you with a knife wouldnt that be self defense.

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Patrick Owen Earl
    2. Grigoriy Sarkisyan
    3. James D. Laukkonen
    4. Michael Robert Charbonneau
    5. Alexander Floyd Ransom
    5 lawyer answers

    Along with self-defense, you may also argue other similar defenses. If the case proceeds to trial, your attorney should request the judge to allow jury instructions on the following two defenses: #1 ACTING ON APPEARANCES: Under WPIC 17.04, a person is entitled to act on appearances in defending herself, if that person believes in good faith and on reasonable grounds that she is in actual danger of great bodily harm, although it afterwards might develop that the person was mistaken as to the...

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  9. Can a Confidential Informant legally continue to sell drugs to maintain his credibility out in the streets?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Richard Glenn Elie
    2. Alexander Floyd Ransom
    3. Michael Alexander Misa
    4. Neil Bryan Shouse
    5. Leif Harrison Kleven
    5 lawyer answers

    These cases are tricky. usually, my clients are people whom the CI's help get arrested! That said, it's highly unlikely that law enforcement has allowed you to "continue to sell drugs to maintain your credibility" on the streets; even if you are working for them.

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  10. Is it legal for the Sheriff's department to threaten you and your family?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. David S. Kestenbaum
    2. Nicholas Basil Spirtos
    3. Michael Louis Shultz
    4. Alexander Floyd Ransom
    4 lawyer answers

    My colleagues offer great advice. The only thing I'd add is to request that your attorney - the one you hire - draft a letter requesting that police stop harassing you. Your attorney should draft the letter on law firm stationary and send the letter to the prosecutor, the sheriff's office and the Department of Corrections (because the DOC is monitoring parole for youer ex-roommate). Prove that your ex-roommate no longer lives there. Perhaps your lawyer can suppress the drug evidence and...

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