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Valerie Semmes Bouffiou

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  • BUI Blood Test Warrant Valid?

    Was arrested for BUI during Seafair. Refused to take breathe test back at mobile station and they got a warrant for a blood draw. After looking at my copy of the warrant, the date where judge signed is correct 8/2/15 but underneath where it state...

    Valerie’s Answer

    What everyone is saying is probably going to be correct. The wrong date isn't going to help you. However, there may be other deficiencies in the warrant or problems with your arrest that an experienced attorney can spot. Right now, you need to focus on finding the right attorney. It's time to get a consultation.

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  • Arrest for Domestic Violence

    My husband and I recently had an argument, and I was frustrated and pushed him a few times to get him to just talk to me (this has never happened before like this). He called the police & I got arrested, spent the night in jail, but got released t...

    Valerie’s Answer

    Situations like this are not uncommon, but unfortunately the police are required by law to take someone to jail in this situation. These days the courts tend to err on the side of caution in issuing no-contact orders as well. You are required to obey the order to the letter or you may face additional charges. You absolutely need a criminal defense attorney who is familiar with these types of cases and can work with you to achieve a positive outcome. Contact someone immediately. Good luck.

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  • Is the Statute of Limitations tolled during pending criminal prosecution? (reposted into WA state)

    I'm the victim looking to get help prosecuting, a man was charged with soliciting assault I and II (felony) on 01/01/2011 but has not gone to trial until now. The normal SOL is two years but I'm told it might be extended/tolled. The reason I didn'...

    Valerie’s Answer

    Once charges have been filed, the statute of limitations do not apply. If you have additional questions, I'd encourage you to contact the prosecuting attorneys office handling the charges and either request to speak to a victim's advocate or the prosecutor handling the case. Make sure they have good contact information for you so you can be notified of any changes.

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  • Is the victim liable for not providing texts in a NCO?

    Is the victim liable for not providing evidence right way for a violation of a NCO? Is there any legal action that could be used as a defense in court against such a delay? I know Brady Disclosure only works for Law Enforcement and is unlikely to ...

    Valerie’s Answer

    No. A victim is not "liable" for not immediately providing evidence that they are the victim of a crime. Brady does not apply, nor is there a legal defense available to what you describe and a delay in reporting, so long as the charge is filed within the statute of limitations, will not result in a judge dismissing or suppressing any evidence. This isn't something you battle without an attorney.

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  • Is there anything i can do

    Shortly after I was arrested, My ex emailed me. I didn't reply, but she did this before the NCO was modified and just 7 days after the charges were presented. She then continued to attack me after the NCO was modified over the phone and when i res...

    Valerie’s Answer

    You are going to have to sit down with an experienced defense attorney and explain the circumstances and present your phone and text conversations to him or her for any sort of an analysis of your situation. You can use Avvo's find a lawyer search tool to locate criminal defense attorneys in your area who are familiar with domestic violence cases. Most attorneys will offer you a free consultation.

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  • My brother has 3 previous superior court cases and just got charged with residential burglary. Could he end up with life?

    My brother is being charged with residential burglary. He has been in superior court before? If in superior court does that mean they are all felonies? How does the 3 strike law work?

    Valerie’s Answer

    Only "serious violent" felonies are strike offenses. Residential burglary isn't one. Most felonies aren't strike offenses. Generally just felonies that involve assaultive behavior or possession of a weapon.

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  • Can my mom put a restraining order on my step dad not to contact me. I am a 33 year old woman. My mom is a delusional alcoholic

    Mom cheated on my step dad and is now having him evicted 3 days later claiming "emotional abuse" and is putting a restraining order on him and for him not to talk to me.

    Valerie’s Answer

    No. Unless you're mom has some sort of legal power over you because you lack the capacity to make decisions on your own, a court will not allow her to petition for an order on your behalf.

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  • Is this stalking? There is a history of harassment, but no order. At court I was in the lobby and watched my ex go up to my car

    and take pictures of it. He obviously has no reason at all for this. Like I said there is history as well.

    Valerie’s Answer

    I do not believe that alone would constitute stalking. Stalking requires a pattern of behavior. If you are concerned for your safety, make a report to the police and/or petition the court for a no contact order.

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  • Can you be Indicted in Washington State

    Was told by an attorney during a consultation that you cannot be indicted in Washington State. Is this true?

    Valerie’s Answer

    Need more facts. Indicted under what context?

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  • What attorney do I need

    Iwas in a lease but I wanted off and I thought I was getting off the lease but I did what I was suppose to do and the park knew I wasn't living there any more but now since my brother didn't do his part on what he was suppose to do I automatically...

    Valerie’s Answer

    I'm going to tag this as a landlord tenant issue with the hope you get better responses. Good luck.

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