James Edmund Oliver JR’s Answers

James Edmund Oliver JR

Tacoma Criminal Defense Attorney.

Contributor Level 13
  1. My husband got a speeding ticket on the 2nd to last day of the month (July 30th)

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. James Edmund Oliver JR
    2. Bradley G Barshis
    3. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    4. Chong Hae Ye
    5. Angela L Dawes
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    Sorry to hear about your ticket. As you know, you have 15 days to request a contested hearing if you want to fight your ticket. The upside is that even if this ticket is found committed, it is unlikely to impact your insurance rates. If you want to fight the ticket yourself, here are the basics of what the cop's ticket must show: 1) Vehicle Style must be filled out according to our State's Infraction Rules. However, some judges don't particularly care about that rule. 2) Officer's...

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  2. My WA State hired Attorney has me worried to death, how can I get out of his binding contract and not lose the money?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. James Edmund Oliver JR
    2. Derek Michael Smith
    3. Frank Mascagni III
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    I agree with the above. I'd also point out that your attorney can only charge you a fair amount for services performed. Whether the retainer is fair depends on the complexities of the case, your attorney's skill level, and hours spent working on the case. I have never seen a pro se attorney (someone who represents himself) do a good job in trial. DUI practice is a very technical area of the law requiring very specific skills. Sometimes non DUI lawyers show up on these cases and do a...

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  3. Can one attorney help me with cases in three different cities?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. James Edmund Oliver JR
    2. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    3. Lennard Anthony Nahajski
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with my fellow attorneys. Call around and speak with several different lawyers. Find the one you like, and hire him. Some courts will quash the warrants without you, but some require you to appear first. Depending on the warrant amount, you're probably better off having an attorney schedule the quashes. It is not uncommon for court clerks to have people arrested at the counter as they ask for a quash. Good luck!

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  4. Am I likely to receive a pretrial diversion offer for a first time USE/DELIVER DRUG PARAPHERNALIA charge in Kitsap D. Court?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. James Edmund Oliver JR
    2. Sean D Mckee
    2 lawyer answers

    Wow, what an absolute kick in the gut. You're going to be fine, though. I don't see jail, or probably even a conviction, in your future. Of course, you're going to need an attorney to fight for you. At you're arraignment the court will screen you for a public defender (free attorney). If you qualify, you won't have to hire an attorney. You're likely worst case scenario is you'll have to get a drug evaluation which will show you don't have a problem and don't need treatment. You'll also have...

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  5. Do I have a claim?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. James Edmund Oliver JR
    2. Ronald Gene Meyers
    3. Zaheer A Shah
    4. Bruce J. Finlay
    5. Ada Ko Wong
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    You have a claim and three years in which to file it if you are over the age of 18. There are a lot of factors that go into determining the value of a claim, but the basics are vehicle damage, type(s) of injuries, medical bill amounts, length of treatment, type of treatment, medications, lost wages, loss of consortium and other property damage. You should call around and speak with an experienced PI attorney. Before doing personal injury work, I did insurance defense, which means I worked...

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  6. Need attorney ASAP for my boyfriend. HELP.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. James Edmund Oliver JR
    2. Jacob Brian Smith
    3. William A. Jones Jr.
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    Sorry to hear about your legal woes. Here's how things are going to go down: Arraignment: The court must arraign your boyfriend within 72 hours of his arrest. This is his chance to enter a plea of not guilty. The court will order conditions of release which will include a no contact order with you. The NCO will prevent all contact between you and he. He cannot contact you directly, indirectly, or through third parties. He can’t call you, write you, text you, FB post you, etc. The two of you...

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  7. If I file a Civil law suit, will that stall the 2 yr. anniversary expiration?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Arthur D Leritz
    2. Jacob Brian Smith
    3. Scott W Edwards
    4. Chong Hae Ye
    5. James Edmund Oliver JR
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    You should definitely speak with a lawyer as soon as you can. Most of us will speak with you for free and can tell you about the software systems used by insurance companies to determine what you're owed following an accident. The settlement value of a claim is basically based on key words and codes related to the accident, your injuries, treatment type and length, medications, and attorney reputation, which the adjuster will enter into a computer like Colossus, or one of its analogs. These...

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  8. If your insurance say yes the wreck was not your falt and the outher says it was. police report backs u up. How do you collect .

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. James Edmund Oliver JR
    2. S. David Rosenthal Esquire
    3. Elizabeth Taylor Herd
    4. Kevin Coluccio
    5. Jason Todd Studinski
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    Sorry to hear about your accident. Man, insurance companies love taking your money all the way up until you actually need their help. Were you injured in the accident? What are the basic facts of the accident? What does the accident report actually say? Were there witnesses? The short story is that the other driver's insurance company must compensate you for your damages (auto repair, medical bills, lost wages, etc.). Unfortunately, I find that a lot of insurance companies won't do anything...

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  9. What is time limit to file charges against a Hit and Run driver under the influence (.160). No insurance, suspended D.L.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. James Edmund Oliver JR
    2. Bryan Daniel Doran
    3. Todd A Taylor
    4. David B Pittman
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
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    I agree with the above answers, but I would add that you are also eligible for money from the crime victim penalty find. Call me if you want to find out about the person who hit you and his court case.

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  10. No license, accident, jail?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Scott W Edwards
    2. James Edmund Oliver JR
    3. Kevin Coluccio
    4. Crystal Grace Rutherford
    4 lawyer answers

    I too am unclear about what exactly happened. Call me on my cell to discuss this, 253-592-2812.

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