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  • Can police take a DNA sample from a 17-year-old without parental consent or a court order of some kind?

    They did this while he was in custody overnight for an FTA because he missed his court date.

    Anna’s Answer

    I agree with my colleague that it is difficult to give you a specific answer without additional information. For example if your son had already been convicted of a crime requiring DNA sampling, then it might y have been ok. Because you indicate that your son failed to appear for court, an attorney is already involved in the matter and you should contact him or her to discuss your concerns. Good luck

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  • I bailed someone out the person I bailed out never filled out the papers, or signed anything. Is the contract binding?

    I bailed a friend out of jail using a bail bonds co. The lady from the bail bonds met me at the jail. I filled out my share of the paper work, and left. The person I bailed out never filled out their share of the paper work, never even signed anyt...

    Anna’s Answer

    You need to read the paperwork that you signed to make sure you understand what you signed. As most attorneys advise, always, always,
    read paperwork before signing. Also you may wish to call the bond company regardless of what the paperwork says and see if they will refund and release any property you put up as collateral. Good luck

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  • If i get subpoenaed to court do I have to go?

    It's a dv case and I wasn't the one who called the cops.

    Anna’s Answer

    Your question may not be as easy as it seems. I have represented people who are named as alleged victims by prosecutors. In those situations, I like to meet with my clients, review the documents received by the alleged victim and explain the obligations that the document imposes. You can hire your own attorney to represent your interests and that attorney can explain your rights and obligations based on the particular case. There are only a few situations in which a public defender is appointed to represent an alleged victim and from what you have disclosed, it does not seem like this situation is one of those. I highly encourage you to consider hiring your own attorney with whom you can have a privileged conversation about the situation.

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  • If my defense lawyer is elected to be prosecutor after I have shared vital info, is that a conflict, or grounds to change venue?

    My court appointed lawyer was elected and took office as the prosecuting attorney and I was passed to my now third lawyer, does that create a conflict of interest?? Also is that grounds for change of venue??

    Anna’s Answer

    In addition to what my colleagues have said, it is possible that a special prosecuting attorney can be brought in from either private practice or another county to handle your case. Good luck

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  • I had the interlock for 5 years per the deferred, was revoked, now have to have it again for another 6? Can I appeal this?

    Entered into the deferred in 2006, paid all fines, completed treatment, however I got a felony very close to my completion date. I went to prison for the felony, and just went to my motion to revoke hearing, and went to jail for 60 days. I got hom...

    Anna’s Answer

    It may very well be too late to appeal the imposition of the Ignition Interlock license back. It depends upon the notice date and what the notice indicates. There is usually a time frame for appeal in the notices. I suggest you check the notice and consult a DUI attorney as soon as you possibly can. However, you may not be able to successfully appeal the 6 year requirement. Without knowing more facts including how many prior DUI and administrative suspensions you have had and over what time frame, it is difficult to say for sure. I highly suggest that you also discuss the possible outcome of an appeal with an attorney who has a bit more information. Good luck.

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

    My ex boyfriend & I were arrested and charged with stolen motor vehicle. Come to find out he knew it was stolen, but I had no idea! He had took a plea deal but told me to fight it since I'm innocent. I was bailed out of jail & went to every court ...

    Anna’s Answer

    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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  • Where can I get a really good attorney that will take lil payments. My boyfriend is in Skagit county jail on like 13+charges ...

    Some might be familiar with him he was seen on Washington most wanted. Curtis cameron

    Anna’s Answer

    You may want to get started with a public defender. He should be represented immediately, especially in light of his notoriety. There are many very good and very experienced public defenders. If you can come up with resources, you can then hire private counsel. Good Luck

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  • I'm being charged with 2nd and 3rd degree assult,2nd and 3rd degree theft,pocs meth and giving false name to officer.

    Its my first offense for all of them in the state of WASHINGTON.But i live in oregon and am on probation and drug court for pocs meth already so was wondering what the state of Washington would wanna impose for this matter?

    Anna’s Answer

    You need to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney. It is difficult to give you a standard range sentence for the charges for several reasons. In Washington judges are suppose to sentence someone within standard guidelines based upon the seriousness of the crime and the person's of prior felony history. Some, if not most, of your Oregon convictions may be considered prior offenses. Because each state has different crimes with different elements, a comparison analysis will need to be done to determine which Oregon offenses count as prior felony history. Also, there could be an issue regarding whether or not some of the Washington felonies you have listed involve the same course of conduct and therefore may not enhance the other pending crimes. The most important thing that you can do is to hire an attorney and not talk about the Washington matters, in other words exercise that right to remain silent. If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, you should ask the court to appoint a public defender to assist you. Good Luck

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  • I lost my wallet , someone was arrested and charge with possession and or sale of drugs how can i prove this is not me?

    i was in new York at the time , iv'e ask the district attorney for the person who was arrested their prints , photo, height , ect .... but to no avail what else can i do ?

    Anna’s Answer

    I agree with my colleague that you should hire an attorney. You should hire an experienced attorney in New York as soon as you can. I am not sure what losses you incurred, but you may be able to file a civil lawsuit for such. However, if the person is indigent and has spent all of your money/run up your credit cards, there may be little if anything to recover. It may be that you hire an attorney to represent you as the witness/victim in the criminal case to help your voice get heard. There are many good criminal defense attorneys and an AVVO search can help you find one with a lot of experience and good client reviews. Also, I would recommend that you stop talking about the matter and stop discussing it on social media to avoid any misunderstanding of your statements. Good Luck

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