Robert David Butler’s Answers

Robert David Butler

Bellingham Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. When should I involve a lawyer for a juvenile sex crime case?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Robert David Butler
    2. Vitaliy Kertchen
    3. Melissa Aura Keiko Odama
    4. Jeffrey W Holmes
    5. Michelle Teresa Dellino
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    NOW!! Without question, your son needs an attorney before talking to police so he can be told not to talk to police. You would do your son a great service to not speak further to police as well until counsel is on board and establishes a strategy for information. First thing tomorrow morning, get counsel.

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  2. Is the criminal defense attorney able/allowed to negotiate with the prosecutor prior to the arraignment?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Robert David Butler
    2. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    3. Daniel Matthew McLafferty
    4. Erika Wunderlich
    5. Patrick Owen Earl
    5 lawyer answers

    YES. An experienced well regarded defense attorney should almost always be able to get the ear of the prosecutor's office pre arraignment to discuss outcomes. I would caution that it is rare that a defense attorney will have enough information to effectively negotiate at that point because he or she will not have the police reports/evidence to evaluate the strength of the State's case. In that situation, I have been able to delay arraignment to allow time to review when their is merit to the...

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  3. I was placed on probation for 5 yrs for first dui and found myself homeless and had to leave the state but didnt let them know

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Robert David Butler
    2. Patrick Owen Earl
    3. Ethan Patrick Meaney
    4. Anthony Michael Solis
    4 lawyer answers

    I agree with Ethan, you need an attorney to navigate your re-entry to the system that can advocate for your change and improvement as well as hardship which caused the lapse in attendance.... depending on how much time has lapsed, you should expect a good outcome.

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  4. Any Seattle area criminal defense attorneys with enough work capacity would be willing to represent my son partially pro-Bono?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Robert David Butler
    2. Shawn B Alexander
    3. Michelle Teresa Dellino
    3 lawyer answers

    I am not in Seattle. I know there are a lot of great public defenders in Seattle who will likely do better than a cheap private lawyer... Be very careful getting a "cheap lawyer"... It may work out but also may be a disaster. Talk to the appointed counsel and explain your concern regarding complexity. If not satisfied ask to talk with supervisor.

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  5. Can the appointed PR have criminal charges filed by the state against a beneficiary dropped

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Robert David Butler
    2. Nicholas G Smith
    3. Jay Bodzin
    3 lawyer answers

    The short answer is NO. Criminal charges are State v person... not person v person like civil cases. However, the State needs witnesses and evidence to present to the jury, so if the PR is the State's witness related to the theft and the PR does not want to participate the State will have a hard time going forward. What other evidence of theft does the State have will answer your question, but simply can the PR drop the charges, no. Talk to your daughter's lawyer directly to discuss the...

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  6. Got a new pcs charge and currently on doc n want new representation do not want state appointed attorney

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Robert David Butler
    2. Vitaliy Kertchen
    3. Matthew R Hoff
    4. Michael Douglas Shafer
    4 lawyer answers

    Yes, you have the choice of who you hire. You do not have a choice of who is appointed to represent you if you utilize a public defender. There are lots of good criminal defense lawyers in your area to consult with. Before changing counsel, I recommend having a meeting and discussing your concerns with your current lawyer.

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  7. I need the BEST Attorney for a Federal Case including drug charges...time is of the essence any recommendations?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Robert David Butler
    2. Mark Allen Yurachek
    3. Nicholas G Smith
    4. Stephen F Wallace
    4 lawyer answers

    There are many excellent and amazing criminal defense attorney's who regularly handle drug cases in Federal Court. Federal Court also has a great public defender panel if you end up not able to afford private counsel. If you want to use AVVO, limit your search to Spokane. I would be happy to provide names if you need additional assistance. I do not accept cases in the Eastern District.

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  8. I was pulled over with my friend and his friend in the car, friend's friend is a fugitive.

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Robert David Butler
    2. Jennifer Ellen Horwitz
    3. Lisa Michelle Bassis
    4. James S. Lawrence
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    I am not sure about the question of "misconduct". If you are asking about police misconduct, I am not seeing any from what you provided. If you are speaking about your potential misconduct or criminal exposure, that will depend on the statements of others involved in the case. PLEASE find a very good criminal defense attorney to assist you with this. "A" having his backpack in your trunk is very defensible if handled properly. Pricing is very individualized to the attorney. If you can't...

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  9. I was arrested for 3rd degree assault and obstruction. Will I receive a summons or do I just go to my scheduled hearing?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Robert David Butler
    2. Vitaliy Kertchen
    3. Daniel Matthew McLafferty
    4. Patrick Owen Earl
    4 lawyer answers

    GO TO THE COURT DATE SCHEDULED. Sorry to shout that, but it is so important that you go to court on the date you were provided when you were released from jail. No need for summons, I suspect you signed a form that is a "promise to appear" and a warrant will issue for your arrest if you do not show up. Always better to be in court for a date you are not needed, than missing a date you are expected to be there. Good luck, sounds like a horrible arrest situation in front of grandchild.

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  10. I WAS JAILED FOR 4TH DEGREE ASSULT. 2ND DAY THEY DROPED THE CHARGES AND LET ME OUT. LATER I RECIEVED NOTICE IN THE MAIL. BY LAW?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Robert David Butler
    2. Michael P Brodsky
    3. Kevin H. Pate
    3 lawyer answers

    YES. It is not unusual for a person arrested to be booked into jail and then released because the prosecutor is not ready to charge the crime. Once prosecutor is ready, they send the notice for you to come to court to respond to the charge formally. You will get credit for the time spent in custody, don't worry. Get an attorney ASAP, Oak Harbor and surrounding areas have plenty of good ones to assist you.

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