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  • I was wondering if there is in fact a law that permits mutually agreed combat, and if so what is the official ordinance

    I have recently seen the viral video of Phoenix Jones fighting a racist and claiming that Washington has a mutual combat law that permits fights between the plantiff and defendant so long as the defendant did not beat the plantiff excessively, and...

    Ryan’s Answer

    No, it is not permitted under the law. The definition of assault includes "harmful or unwanted" contact. So why can't two consenting adults say that the assault is neither harmful or unwanted. Basically, "I'm asking for a fight." That would seem like wanted contact that has been consented too.
    Washington Courts have consistently held that this is unlawful. The reason being is that consent is not a valid defense to something that is against public policy. It is viewed, in general, that assaults are breaches to the "public peace." If something is a breach to the public peace, then it follows that it is also a violation of public policy - hence the courts do not allow a "consent" defense. There is, however, a distinction for competitive sports.
    In early November, I was actually so interested in this topic that I wrote a blog article about it. I go into much more depth in the article. I will attach it here:

    http://www.altmanwitt.com/blog/resources-and-news/post/fight-club-if-brad-pitt-tyler-durden-called-and-asked-for-legal-advice

    Best of Luck - Ryan WItt

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  • How long can he go to Juvie?

    My son was caught trespassing on a abandon lot. A witness heard the sound of breaking glass and thought they had broken a window but the window was already broken and my son only smashed glass on the ground. He did steal anything but how long coul...

    Ryan’s Answer

    An attorney will need to know significantly more facts to be able to answer this question. How old is he? Has he ever been charged with a crime before? Has he done a juvenile diversion? Has he been charged with tis current offense by the Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney? You probably need to dial up a Kitsap County Defense Attorney and they will know what questions to ask you. Best of luck.

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  • If a bank finds something illegal in your bank deposit box, would they contact the police immediately?

    I rented a bank deposit box around 6 years ago and just received a letter frm the bank stating tht they had tried in vain to reach me, so they drilled open my box, and they listed its contents as a pen and an unopened envelope. Id thought tht id t...

    Ryan’s Answer

    One thing that you could do is contact a local attorney and they can contact the Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney on your behalf and see if BPD or KCSO has filed a report. If there is no report with the Prosecutor's Office, that means that the local law enforcement agencies have not submitted anything. That could either be good news, or it could just mean that they are not done yet writing their reports. At least you would have an idea as to what to expect. Don't post any other admissions on line.

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  • How long does an officer have to file a traffic citation in Bellevue, WA?

    How long does an officer have to file a traffic citation in Bellevue, WA?

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    Five days, excluding weekends and holidays. You start counting on the day after the citation was issued. If it is filed beyond that, the case shall be dismissed. Hope that helps.

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  • My husband and I have a threatening notice from a guy and he is from Fairbanks Alaska

    And we have court on May 19 th.

    Ryan’s Answer

    Threatening letter without knowing more I would disregard. Threatening letter from someone from Fairbanks I would take seriously. Those people are crazy.

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  • Son was bit in the face by the daycare providers dog in Feb 2015. He had 22 Stiches. can I sue?

    the scar is pretty big. Now I'm concerned on how it'll age if it'll cause him pain or further disfigurement where he'll need plastic surgery.

    Ryan’s Answer

    You absolutely can sue. Your issue will be, does the daycare provider have an insurance policy? We have handled a lot of these dog bite cases. This is slightly different because typically we pursue the dog owner's home owners policy. If the provider is licensed and bonded, they should have something - especially if they run they daycare out of their home. You will need an attorney to handle this. These can be significant cases. You will also need to have your son go see a scar revisionist. I know that these are traumatic situations, but an attorney can help you immensely with this. Best of luck.

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  • Any risks in signing a 'Compromise of Misdemeanor'?

    A person was cited for 'Theft in third degree' related to taking and keeping my Iphone which i had forgotten in a building lobby. Now the attorney of the victim requested me to sign 'Compromise of misdemeanor', in return for a small financial comp...

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    The only thing that you waive is your ability to sue the person civilly in the future. Signing the declaration is in effect a waiver of your right to sue the party for the tort of Theft. If that is not in your plans, there is no concern. These are usually a good resolution, especially for the person who is accused of the crime. Best of luck.

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  • I cut off my ankle gps and i had 3months left on house arrest how much more time could i get on top of the three months.

    It is out of tacoma wa

    Ryan’s Answer

    You have a lot going on. Things will get worse if you don't address this situation. Don't admit to anything on these online sites. You need to speak with your attorney, and if you do not have one you need to find one who can smooth this situation out with the prosecution and the court. Letting time blow through this will not fix it. Best of luck.

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  • My friend cut off her ankle gps on house arrest and she is talking like life is over.

    she had three months left.

    Ryan’s Answer

    Life is not over, but she will probably end up serving the remaining three months in custody rather than on the bracelet. Log she damaged the bracelet, that may be an additional criminal charge (malicious mischief) and there could be a theory for the State to charge her with escape. Have her consult with her attorney. It is not the end of the world, but things will get worse if she ignores the issue. It will catch up to her. Good luck.

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  • How does RCW 46.08.065, pertain to WSP and basic traffic enforcement duties? can tickets be dismissed with this?

    I was recently pulled over for speeding by an unmarked WSP unmarked cruiser. There were zero markings and didn't carry a WSP license plate. From what I understand of RCW 46.08.065, this car should only be used for investigative or under cover purp...

    Ryan’s Answer

    Section 3 of RCW 46.08.065 allows for an exemption for the Washington State Patrol. Section 1 allows for the Sheriff's Offices and local police departments to to use such vehicles for special undercover or confidential investigative purposes. Lastly, WAC 308-96A-080 allows for State Agencies to obtain undercover and confidential license plates.
    I don't think that your theory will work to get the ticket thrown out. I am not, however, saying that you don't have one or multiple other ways to challenge the ticket. If you find a local, experienced attorney who defends traffic tickets, there is a good chance that they will be able to spot an issue. Best of luck.

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