Ken Bagwell is a lawyer in Silverdale who specializes in PSNS security issues. He can probably answer your question.
The best way to protect your future job opportunities is to NOT be convicted of the crime in the first place! There are many ways to keep a conviction off your record for this type of charge. If you have not spoken to a good attorney yet, do so right away.
If you hire an attorney prior to the arraignment, then they can certainly work on the case right away. It is possible, although rare, to have charges dismissed prior to the arraignment.
If you are planning to represent yourself, or use a court appointed attorney, then you probably will not be able to discuss the case with the lawyer or prosecutor until after you have physically appeared in court for arraignment.
I agree, you probably won't get anywhere trying to talk to loss prevention. Since you signed that document, in their minds you did it and they will not discuss it further with you.
Also, because you signed the form, you have probably already agreed to pay their "civil penalty". An attorney can probably negotiate it down for you, but most of those forms contain an agreement to pay. I would have to look at it to know for sure. If it did, they could send it to collections and make it more...
And is the counselor a school counselor? If so, then yes.
You should probably have a private consultation with a lawyer very soon to talk about what's going on, and so that you can be prepared for what may be coming next.
I would imagine it still shows as a pending case. If it was not resolved, then there can't be a finding of guilt that would put it "on your record". But there is probably a warrant, and that warrant will stay active basically forever until you take care of it.
Contact a DUI attorney and find out how to take care of it, you don't want this hanging over you forever!
I agree with the others, this won't automatically result in dismissal. In most courts, if you don't show up on the 29th, they will just issue a summons for a new date and you will still have to respond eventually. The court doesn't always use the date that the enforcement agency used anyway, so at the end of the day that date doesn't mean a whole lot.
Sounds like these are criminal citations. I would definitely talk to a lawyer who practices in that court before the 29th.
The bail amount sounds absurd, but truthfully not all that surprising. Courts are supposed to limit the bail consideration to prior history, failures to appear for court, and the dangerousness of the allegations. Unfortunately, bail hearings are sometimes treated like sentencings, and the bail amount looks more like punishment for the accusations than a reasonable amount set to ensure appearance at future dates.
The bail can be reconsidered again by the court once a lawyer is on board and he...
It is very fact - specific. There is a statute in Washington that make it illegal to record private conversations without consent of the parties, and the consent must appear in the recording. But the definition of private is not immediately clear. Depends a lot on the facts of the incident.
If a confession is recorded illegally, it is not admissible in court and can expose the recorder to criminal charges themselves.
You should probably talk to a lawyer before the case gets forwarded to...
You can find forms and instructions at the state court's website.
Also, contact the court court where the conviction occured, the clerk may be able to assist with filing requirements and forms.
Or hire a lawyer and ask them to do it for you. As long as you have no crimes in the last five years, and the court obligations (including fines) were taken care of, you are likely eligible.
I would be surprised if a criminal charge was NOT filed. Could be DUI, or something different depending on the result of the blood draw (Neg driving, reckless, etc. ). It normally takes something like 30-45 days for the state to get the results, then in this county it is common that it takes another month or two before a charge is filed.
Make sure your address is current with DOL - they will send you a notice that you need, if the level is over the limit.
It is often helpful to hire your...