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Anna K. Woods

Tacoma Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. 20 years old, first DUI, do I need a lawyer?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Jon William Woolsey
    2. Hart Jasper Levin
    3. Wade Jonathan Skalsky
    4. Dan Eugene Chambers
    5. Matthew Murillo
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    Yes, you should always consult an attorney fin any criminal situation. It is particularly important that you consult an attorney with experience handling DUI cases in your particular geographical area. There are many consequences that can result from a DUI conviction, jail, fines, treatment, the requirement that you have an ignition interlock device installed as well as other conditions imposed by the court. Further, there are many possible collaterol consequences such as a license suspension...

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  2. Should I expect jail time for violating my terms of probation by no show for appt and subsequent court appearance in WA (DUI)?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Anna K. Woods
    2. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    3. Shawn B Alexander
    4. Jasen Bodie Nielsen
    5. Heather Rogers Straub
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    You should contact an attorney with experience handling DUI cases. I often work with people in the military who have been charged with DUI and have had quite a bit of success in resolving the matters in a fair and just fashion. Unfortunately, the courts usually do not take into consideration the"punishment" imposed by the military which is often quite severe as in your case. There may be some negotiations that will help you resolve the matter with the courts, but I highly suggest that you...

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  3. I was caught for theft 3. I wasn't taken to the PD and it has since been dismissed (thru diversion). Is it an "arrest"?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Anna K. Woods
    2. Howard M Lewis
    3. Elizabeth Sarahi Fasano
    4. Patrick Owen Earl
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    You can be arrested without going to jail. When the police officer detained and questioned you about what happened, you were under arrest. When dealing with an employment application, it is always best to tell the truth. Often, prospective employers will understand youthful indiscretions or mistakes, but never will they permit deception on a job application. Unfortunately, in the modern age, it is quite easy to obtain records. I am not clear from your explanation if the matter was filed or...

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  4. Possible to seal juvenile case? If so, cost and time frame?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Anna K. Woods
    2. Vitaliy Kertchen
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    Most juvenile court facilities do have a packet for unrepresented people to use to apply to have their juvenile records sealed, you may wish to check with the King County Juvenile court. Assuming that both of your juvenile offenses occurred out of the same incident, then the RCW or state statutes require that five years pass without any new convictions for the Assault 2, the Class B felony and one (1) year passes for the Assault 4, a gross misdemeanor. However, some courts may refuse to...

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  5. Is it safe to let Dept. of Licensing know of a pending charge when requesting an HTO early reinstatement?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Edward A Nelson
    2. Anna K. Woods
    3. James J White
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    At early reinstatement hearings, it is almost always imperative that pending cases be disclosed so that you are not reinstated and then suspended or revoked if the pending matter resolves against you. I concur that you need an attorney with DOL experience to help you.

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  6. What are my options for DMV4 other than a conviction? Is there an option that won't go on my record?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Anna K. Woods
    2. Carl A Munson JR
    3. Colin Michael Scott
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    I agree with what has already been anwered, but encourage you to work with an attorney. If you have a public defender attorney, contact the office, set an appointment. If you can afford to hire an attorney, you should do so immediately. There are domestic violence classes available that may help in plea bargaining with the prosecuting attorney, but those decisions should be made with your attorney. Since there is a no contact order in place, you should not be having ANY contact with your...

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  7. Should I accept a plea deal for my first felony (possession of stolen vehicle) to avoid a felony bail jump charge?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Daryl A Rodrigues
    2. Anna K. Woods
    3. Jessica Lorene Campbell
    4. Patrick Owen Earl
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    You need to sit down with your attorney and discuss your case, the discovery and your options. Without reviewing the discovery and being familiar with your case it is very difficult to give you good advice. It might also be helpful for you to review the discovery and do so with your attorney so that you can discuss such together. I wish you luck and encourage you to set up an appointment with your attorney as soon as possible.

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  8. Got ticket for urinating in public

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Jeffery Scott Whalley
    2. Anna K. Woods
    3. Brian Michael Sullivan
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    Urinating in public is a criminal charge in the city of Kirkland. My office has helped a lot of people in your situation and you should seek the help of an attorney in this situation. Because you are accused of a crime, many rights attach. The right to remain silent, the right to a jury trial and the right to have a public defender attorney appointed if you cannot afford to hire an attorney. You need to remain silent and should not discuss details on a public forum such as this. The charge is a...

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  9. Do many lawyers do pro-bono for criminal defense if the person can't pay?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Kenan Lee Isitt
    2. Joseph C Rome
    3. Jennifer Melissa Azure
    4. Keith G Langer
    5. Anna K. Woods
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    Courts in Washington have public defenders who help those people who are indigent. Some people do not qualify for a public defender as they may have assets or earnings that exceed the standards set by a particular court . In that case, there are many attorneys who are willing to set up payment plans. It is not possible to answer you questions as to how much a criminal defense costs in the Seattle area. There are many variables, such as the severity of the charge, the number of charges, the...

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  10. Could you give me some sentencing expectations so that I can weigh my options?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Anna K. Woods
    2. Jeffery Scott Whalley
    3. James Donald Garrett
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    In Washington, the court has discretion to impose up to the maximum jail sentence permitted by statute for simple and gross misdemeanors. There are no sentencing guidelines for misdemeanors as there are for felony cases in Washington. Some misdemeanors do have mandatory minimum sentences that must be imposed, but is not limited to the mandatory minimum. Carrying Firearms and Unlawful use of a loaded firearm are both simple misdemeanors which means that they both carry a maximum of 90 days...

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