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Casey Matthew Arbenz

Tacoma Personal Injury Lawyer.

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  1. My license was suspended for failure to pay a ticket; it is no longer suspended, what will likely happen when I go to court?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Casey Matthew Arbenz
    2. Jonathan Dichter
    3. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    4 lawyer answers

    It is certainly advisable to contact an attorney. In all likelihood -- if you have no other criminal history -- the prosecutor will offer to amend the criminal charge to a "No Valid Operator's License" Infraction for 350 bucks or so. This is not a criminal charge and would not end up on your record. Again, an attorney would be able to specifically advise you as to your options and the ideal manner in which to navigate your legal issues. Good luck!

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  2. In Washington State, I have a Negligent Driving 2nd Degree ticket (breaking traction). Does this qualify for deferral?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Casey Matthew Arbenz
    2. Dan J. Samas
    3. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    4. James Michael McKain
    4 lawyer answers

    You should be able to get a deferral on a Neg 2 breaking traction ticket in WA. However, you may just as easily be able to get the ticket dismissed outright. An experienced attorney who specializes in traffic infractions such as Negligent Driving will be able to take a quick look at the infraction itself and give you an initial determination relating to the likelihood of ultimately obtaining a dismissal. Remember, the prosecutor must be able to prove that you were driving in a negligent...

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  3. Did I violate my probation?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Casey Matthew Arbenz
    2. James C Forslund
    3. Christine C McCall
    3 lawyer answers

    As part of your suspended sentence, you were probably required to "maintain law abiding behavior," and possibly to "not consume alcohol." While your actions this weekend might lead to a violation, the Court should take no action until the trespassing case is resolved. Also, depending on the circumstances, a persuasive attorney may be able to keep you out of jail. It is important that you discuss the specifics of your case with an aggressive attorney. Good luck!

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  4. What do I do if I can't get in touch with my (significant others) public defender so that we can hire private counsel?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Timothy John Leary
    2. Adrian Martinez Madrone
    3. Casey Matthew Arbenz
    3 lawyer answers

    The other attorneys have more than adequately explained your partners' rights pertaining to speaking with and hiring new counsel. My primary concern with his/her case is that the newly hired attorney has not put you at ease and communicated this information to you. Remember, a lawyers job is to be a counselor and to not only represent the accused, but also to communicate and provide thoughtful and insightful information to the accused and their loved ones. If your significant others' lawyer...

  5. What are the punishments for misdemeanor assault in Washington State?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    2. Lenell Rae Nussbaum
    3. Michael F. Morgan
    4. Casey Matthew Arbenz
    4 lawyer answers

    If you are convicted of Assault in the 4th degree, the maximum penalty is 365 days in jail and a 5,000.00 fine. If it is against a friend/roommate or family member, the punishments may be even more severe -- likely causing your right to own firearms revoked. It is always advised that a person in your position contact an experience attorney who will fight for your rights and who isn't afraid to challenge the State's evidence. I am a young and aggressive attorney who will fight for you!

  6. What is the time limit for a mailed citation in Pierce County

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Dan J. Samas
    2. Casey Matthew Arbenz
    3 lawyer answers

    While there is not a court rule specifically addressing when an infraction will arrive in your mailbox, there are important filing deadlines in addition to specific guidelines for answering requests for discovery and certification of speed measuring devices (typically radar or lazer 'guns') that police must follow. If they don't, an accomplished attorney will be able to get your ticket dismissed. A dismissal will save you from paying costly fines and penalties -- in addition to possible rate...

  7. What is a slow neg and how does the court monitors your status?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Jonathan Dichter
    2. Casey Matthew Arbenz
    3. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    3 lawyer answers

    A slow neg is an agreement between you and the prosecutor for a set period of time -- usually one to two years -- whereby you agree to certain conditions (usually an alcohol evaluation, Victim impact panel, etc.) and at the completion of the specified time limit, the DUI is amended to Negligent Driving in the first degree if you've fully complied with the conditions. If you haven't fully complied, the prosecutor can revoke the agreement, and the judge will only read the police report to...

  8. My license was suspended for failure to pay a ticket; it is no longer suspended, what will likely happen when I go to court?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Casey Matthew Arbenz
    2. Jonathan Dichter
    3. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    4 lawyer answers

    It is certainly advisable to contact an attorney. In all likelihood -- if you have no other criminal history -- the prosecutor will offer to amend the criminal charge to a "No Valid Operator's License" Infraction for 350 bucks or so. This is not a criminal charge and would not end up on your record. Again, an attorney would be able to specifically advise you as to your options and the ideal manner in which to navigate your legal issues. Good luck!

  9. How contidional continuance will affect my records?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Casey Matthew Arbenz
    2. Adrian Martinez Madrone
    2 lawyer answers

    First, it sounds like you are considering a "Continuance Without Findings." Thus, the implications are in the name. For the one year period, if the police (or anybody else) searches your criminal history, the case will appear to be "pending." Once the year is up -- assuming you have not gotten into any new trouble and have fully complied with the conditions -- the charge will be dismissed. The probation is likely "bench probation" which means that the bench (judge) will search your name...

  10. Trespassing laws in Washington State

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Angela Horwath
    2. Casey Matthew Arbenz
    2 lawyer answers

    You'll know if you're charged within a month or so -- you'll be sent a subpoena. You'll want to make sure to check the mail at the address the police took down. You don't want to miss a court date and have a warrant for your arrest issued! If you are charged, you need to hire a lawyer -- especially considering your vocational goals. Ideally the charges would get dismissed so you can truthfully say on your law school and bar applications that you've never been arrested or charged with a...