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Valerie Semmes Bouffiou

Valerie Bouffiou’s Answers

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  • There must be a legal procedure from the state of Washington regarding district judges from hearing municipal cases

    City of Spokane had to quickly elect judges to hear municipal cases. Im pretty sure they didn't say "lets spend near 500k to pay 3 new judges" to hear city cases. Did the state of Washington pass a law requiring different judges to hear district c...

    Valerie’s Answer

    Many cities elect not to have their own municipal court. Often they don't generate enough cases to justify the cost of a dedicated court. Some cities without their own courts will either contract with the county prosecutor to handle their cases or they will accept a bid from a separate attorney and have their on prosecutor. If a city does not have a municipal court, their criminal misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor and traffic infraction cases will be handled by the district court. This is a common occurrence in smaller cities and perfectly legal.

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  • Can I sue Wal-Mart for charging me with a theft I did not commit nor were they able to prove in court?

    In July 2013, a Sherriff came to my house and told me that Walmart was accusing me of stealing a set of "Seahawks" car floor mats. They claimed to had me on video walking out without paying for the items. I was charged with Theft 3. Needless to...

    Valerie’s Answer

    For the most accurate answer, you'll need to have a longer consultation with a personal injury attorney. However, WalMart did not bring charges against you, an employee made a report to the police and the police forwarded information to the prosecuting attorney who brought charges against you. WalMart has no say in whether you are charged or whether the charges are dropped and they are not a party to a criminal lawsuit. Prosecuting attorneys are granted a great deal of immunity when it comes to being sued for bringing charges against a person. You may have little to no recourse, but it will really depend upon many facts which you should discuss directly with an attorney.

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  • My id was stolen and i know who stole it and who she gave it to to use it was then used in a traffic violation in a diff state

    how do i fight this 2,000 ticket that i got but i wasnt the one that did the crime.

    Valerie’s Answer

    Contact the police where it was stolen and make a report. Then contact the police where the ID was used and report it stolen as well. If the traffic violation was recent, it's possible the officer may still recall the person who used your identity and may be able to make a photo comparison. Ultimately you may need the assistance of a defense attorney in the other state to help you. Start by making phone calls and doing phone consultations. An initial consultation should be free. Good luck.

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  • Do stores build cases against you then out of no where find you , arrest you and charge you?

    My sister has been going in to Safeway, target, Fred Meyers, and wal-mart stores. Getting a shopping cart full of items and then walking right out of the store. She has not been caught or even followed. I was wondering if they just let her go beca...

    Valerie’s Answer

    No one from the store needs to contact your sister for her to be charged. If there is a witness to the shoplifting or if it is caught on camera and she can be identified, that's all the evidence required for a charge. If, for whatever reason, she has been "getting away with it," she won't be for long if she continues.

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  • How long can you spend in jail for harassment death threats.

    My husband went to jail for felony harassment death threats how long is he looking at doing time.

    Valerie’s Answer

    Felony harassment is a class C felony punishable by a maximum of 5 years in prison. The actual sentence, if convicted, depends upon prior criminal history. An offender will be sentenced within a standard range which is determined by a point system. Without knowing a complete criminal conviction history, it's impossible to determine what the standard range he is facing will be. If you are the victim, you can contact the prosecuting attorney's office and speak to a victim advocate who can give you more specific information.

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  • Statute of limitation in Oregon for forgery

    how long before the statue of limitation expires for for forgery in Oregon

    Valerie’s Answer

    I think you'd be better off reposting this question with an Oregon zip code so an Oregon defense attorney can provide an answer.

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  • Victim of Domestic Violence

    I am the victim of Domestic Violence and my Husband was arrested on DV We have no-contract order.Currently the case is handled by the prosecutor but i have some more personal questions for which i am seeking some help from attorney and would like...

    Valerie’s Answer

    Like the other attorneys said, we cannot solicit contact, but you can call or email anyone on the site. I'm not sure if your questions are about the criminal case or if they relate to family law issues, but any of the attorneys here should be able to help you or refer you to someone who can. Good luck.

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  • Is there anything I can realistically do to help the defendant while being the "victim"?

    I was involved in a Child Rape case in 2013 in Washington State. I was 15 years of age at the time as I am now 17. He has been charged with two counts of child rape in the 3rd degree, and one count of communication with a minor for immoral purpose...

    Valerie’s Answer

    Here's my two cents...you have an absolute right to speak at sentencing and tell the judge anything you want including what you think the sentence should be. However, I've seen this backfire when a judge sees the victim's request for lenience as an indication of just how "screwed up" psychologically the victim is from the incident. Like Stockholm syndrome. It's best to accept that what happens at this point is out of everyone's hands. The judge will look at the facts and the recommendations and then make up his or her own mind. If the prosecutor and defense attorney have agreed on a recommendation, that's probably what the judge will impose regardless of what anyone else wants. Having been a prosecutor, I understand how stressful and manipulative this process can feel. No one is neutral and everyone has their own agenda. I really hope you have been able to get into counseling. Not because there is anything wrong with you, but because it is so important that you be able to have private time to talk to someone who is truly neutral and who won't judge you or your feelings and choices. If you aren't in counseling, try it. Crime victim's compensation will pay for your counseling and you can pick a counselor who you feel comfortable with. I'm very sorry you have to go through this and hope that things start to get better with time.

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  • This is a question for Washington State attorney for police misconduct?

    When there is fraud going on through the courts how come the sheriff department refuses to file a police report? Any advice?

    Valerie’s Answer

    More facts are required to begin to speculate. Generally, when attorneys are suspected of misconduct, the state bar association investigates. When a judge is, the judicial conduct commission investigates. It could be that the police are not the proper agency to handle a situation.

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