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Alexander Floyd Ransom

Bellingham Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Do police have to impound your vehicle?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Shawn B Alexander
    2. Patrick Owen Earl
    3. Andrew Eugene Cherin
    4. Alexander Floyd Ransom
    5. Alan James Brinkmeier
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    If you were arrested for DUI, then police may impound your vehicle under Hailey's Law (titled under RCW 46.55.330). Hailey's Law allows police to tow a vehicle from the scene of a DUI arrest and then hold it under impound for a minimum of 12 hours before it can be released by the company that tows it. Furthermore - and as you probably know by now - most towing companies will generally demand payment for a tow and for storage before releasing the impounded vehicle. Basically, Hailey's Law...

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  2. Never should have been charged? There must be something I can do to get my name back.

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Joseph Anthony Breidenbach
    2. Alexander Floyd Ransom
    3. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    4. Vitaliy Kertchen
    5. Anthony Michael Solis
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    I agree with my colleagues. Suing the State would be fruitless. However, you have two other options: (1) Withdraw the plea for ineffective assistance of counsel, or (2) Vacate the prior conviction. Here, I'll discuss both. Withdrawing a plea due to ineffective assistance of counsel is a long and difficult process. You must dredge the court records for audio transcripts of all hearing(s), obtain a copy of your Judgment and Sentencing document, draft/file/argue legal briefs with attached...

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

    Answered 7 months 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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  4. Dui and imigracion

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Alexander Floyd Ransom
    2. James J White
    3. Carl A. Irace
    4. George Alan Steele
    5. Greg Thomas Hill
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    It's unlikely your boyfriend will be deported if he is charged/convicted of DUI. I'll assume your boyfriend is an "undocumented" illegal alien because he was not born in the United States. Before 2011, illegal aliens faced deportation if they were convicted of gross misdemeanor crimes exposing them to 365 days in jail. In 2011, the laws changed. The WA State Legislature reduced the maximum penalty for gross misdemeanors to 364 days based on the potential for "disproportionate outcome" for...

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  5. 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 9 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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  6. I was charged with a DUI. No alcohol was involved or drugs

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Vitaliy Kertchen
    2. Travis Michael O'Neal
    3. William J Quirk
    4. Matthew Curran Knauss
    5. Michael Adam Haber
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    Hire an attorney to seek a dismissal through a Knapstad motion. Arguing pretrial motions is far cheaper than trial, and far less risky. In State v. Knapstad, 107 Wash.2d 346 (1986), the Supreme Court created a procedure similar to summary judgment in a civil case, under which a criminal defendant can, by way of pre-trial motion, challenge the sufficiency of the prosecution's evidence. In essence, if the prosecution cannot show that it has a prima facie case of guilt on all elements, the...

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  7. I was in a car crash taken to the hospital forced to do a blood draw by state troopers and was not arrested due to medical issue

    Answered 26 days ago.

    1. Lucas Daniel McWethy
    2. Valerie Semmes Bouffiou
    3. Alexander Floyd Ransom
    4. Patrick Owen Earl
    5. Greg Thomas Hill
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    If you were "forced" into a blood draw, then the police probably obtained a search warrant for your blood. Consequently, you might have a defense. The warrants must particularly state what the police are searching for and why they are searching for it. If the warrants are not complete, then then any evidence they get from the search of your blood can be suppressed as "fruit of the poisonous tree." For more information on blood tests and DUI, please read my Legal Guide titled, "DRUG DUI: THE...

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  8. My son is in the Navy got arrested for DUI 1st offense. He's been in 4 years.how about civillian cops?

    Answered 2 months ago.

    1. Jonathan Dichter
    2. Alexander Floyd Ransom
    3. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    4. Lucas Daniel McWethy
    5. Patrick Owen Earl
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    This is unusual. Typically, a DUI arrest involves the officers pulling a suspect over, persuading said suspect to take field sobriety tests and/or PBT tests, arresting the suspect and transporting the suspect to a hospital/jail to undergo a blood/breath test. If a person's breath test is over .08 BAC, the police keep the suspect in jail unless the suspect bails out or is released on their personal recognizance after being arraigned in custody. The police also impound the vehicle pursuant to...

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  9. DUI for marijuana, should I hire a lawyer?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Andrew Eugene Cherin
    2. Jakob Daniel McGhie
    3. Matthew Robert White
    4. Michael P Brodsky
    5. Leah Elizabeth MacLaughlan
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    Drug DUI's are heavily prosecuted here in Whatcom County. You need an experienced and effective attorney to reduce or dismiss the charges. Officers need a legal basis to pull you over. They also must obtain evidence you were under the influence of drugs/alcohol before they obtain search warrants for your blood. Furthermore, the search warrant must state in great detail the purpose for the search. Fortunately, Washington's recent cases regarding search warrants for blood favor defendants with...

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  10. From WI was vacationing in WA, and got a DUI. Appearance is 10/30. Wisconsin is not a 'reporting' state. Should I appear?

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Michael P Brodsky
    2. Andrew Eugene Cherin
    3. Patrick Owen Earl
    4. Jacob Brian Smith
    5. Valerie Semmes Bouffiou
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    Hire an attorney who regularly practices from the jurisdiction you were charged, and more specifically, said attorney should have positive relationships with the Prosecutor and Judge. It would help your case substantially. Under CrRLJ 4.1, you must be arraigned within 14 days of being charged with the crime (I attached the court rule). Although an attorney can waive your appearance at arraignment for most crimes, DUI and/or domestic violence (DV) crimes require mandatory appearances at...

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