Michael Steven Clark’s Answers

Michael Steven Clark

Tacoma Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Can a charge be dismissed if the police did not read you your Miranda Rights?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Michael Steven Clark
    2. Robert A. Stumpf
    3. Cristine Beckwith
    4. Kris R. Jensen
    5. Gregory Howard Wiley
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    6 lawyer answers

    The law requires the police to give a suspect "Miranda warnings" prior to questioning him when he is under arrest. Therefore if you were not under arrest when you were being questioned, then arguably the officer was not required to give you the warnings. Typically, the remedy for failing to give the warnings is suppression of the statement that was obtained in violation of the Miranda rule. in your case, it does not appear that would result in dismissal. A simple violation of the Miranda...

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  2. I got DUI last night.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Michael Steven Clark
    2. Jennifer Vickers Freeman
    3. Michael E Harbeson
    4. Nadine L. Bertman
    5. Cristine Beckwith
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    7 lawyer answers

    I agree with the previous answer. Many lawyers will give you a free consultation. You should definitely take the time to meet with a lawyer. Meeting with a lawyer will give you valuable information about what to expect in your case. The lawyer can also advise you regarding what actions to take to give you the best chance at a good outcome in your case. Also, because some of the decisions that you have to make are time sensitive, you should be contacting lawyers as soon as possible.

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  3. Is getting your bail amount reduced mean good things for your case/trials?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Michael Steven Clark
    2. Kent W Underwood
    3. Kelsey E Ault
    4. Carl A Munson JR
    4 lawyer answers

    The defense attorney can request a bail reduction, but the decision about whether or not to reduce the bail in a criminal case is up to the judge. Having the bail reduced can be great if the person can afford to post the new bail and then be released from jail while awaiting trial. Whether or not this means anything good for the merits of the case really depends on the particular facts of the case.

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  4. Can a felony be lowered so that it is not a felony even though you said you did it?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Michael Steven Clark
    2. Stan Glisson
    3. Andrew C Huff
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes, it can definitely be lowered. In fact, some counties would not even file this as a felony in the first place. First, I woudl suggest that you not make any more public comments about the facts of your case. Second, I would suggest that you contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer who is familiar with the county where this allegedely occurred. These steps will put you in the best position to protect your record.

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  5. What’s the downside to pleading guilty to indecent exposure (R.C.W. 9a 88 010)?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Michael Steven Clark
    2. Lenell Rae Nussbaum
    3. Sean D Mckee
    4. Benjamin J Lieberman
    4 lawyer answers

    In addition to leaving you with a criminal record, there is always the possibility that the law will change in the future to make you have to register as a sex offender, or to add additional consequences as a result of your conviction. Without knowing more about your situation, one could not make specific recommendations, but it is extremely unlkely that a lawyer would simply recommend that you plead guilty.

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  6. My husband was starting my car for me in our driveway he was going no where but got a physical contrl charge he had some drinks

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Michael Steven Clark
    2. Patrick Owen Earl
    3. James J White
    3 lawyer answers

    Washington law provides that it can be a defense to the charge of physical control if before being apprehended by law enforcement the defendant has moved the vehicle "safely off the roadway". However, the application of this rule can be extremely complicated and if your husband has a prior DUI the prosecutor's office will probably go after him aggressively. It is critical that he contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss the facts of his case and begin to prepare to defend this...

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  7. Need advice

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. James Kevin Hayslett
    2. Michael Steven Clark
    3. Christopher A Swaby
    4. Gary A Kester
    4 lawyer answers

    These are questions that you should be discussing with your lawyer. Only he or she is the best position to know all the details that would be needed to advise you in this situation. You can only do one deferred prosecution in a lifetime and with a deferred you must acknowledge that you are an alcoholic. Therefore, I generally advise people to think carefully before do a deferred on a first time DUI. The best advice is to speak with your attorney and get all your questions answered during...

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  8. If I was told I was free to go, can i still be convicted of a dui for the same incident?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Michael Steven Clark
    2. Chester L Baldwin III
    3. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    4. Aaron Lukoff
    4 lawyer answers

    The short answer is yes. Most people that are charged with DUI are release by the police and then summoned to court at a later date to face the charges. Also, the fact that you may have possessed a valid prescription to take the medication is not a defense to the charges. You should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

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  9. How can I prepare for first meet with son's Public Defender?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Michael Steven Clark
    2. Kent W Underwood
    3. John G Price
    4. Christopher A Swaby
    4 lawyer answers

    I suggest that you write down the questions or concerns that you have prior to the meeting so you can remember them when you get to the meeting. Also, it would probably be a good idea to make a list of all the witnesses (both to the facts of the incident and your son's character) including their phone numbers.

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  10. Can I get a charge dropped after I have already agreed to a plea bargain?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Christopher A Swaby
    2. Kate M Forrest
    3. Michael Steven Clark
    3 lawyer answers

    The answer to your questions depends on a couple of things. If you have already pleaded guilty in court then the only way to undo this would be to file a motion to withdraw your guilty plea. You would have to have a legally valid reason to withdraw your plea. Simply changing your mind would not be enough. You would definitely need to have a lawyer help you with this and even then , it could be difficult to withdraw your plea. On the other hand, if you have not entered your guilty plea...

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