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William Allen White

William White’s Answers

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  • I need to file an anti-harassment order against a family member (he hasn't acted violently towards me).

    My house is in Tacoma. Do I file in district court or superior court in Pierce County? How much notice do I have to give the family member I'm trying to restrain?

    William’s Answer

    Anti Harrasment orders are in District Court and Orders of Protection are in Superior Court. City of Tacoma Municipal courts do not have power to issue these orders unless it is related to a criminal charge that is filed. Court staff can provide forms for you but cannnot give legal advise. Teh forms and instructions are fairly understandable. There is a filing fee and you will need someone over 18 years of age and not a party tot he action to serve them on the family member. Be prepared to provide facts which will show a pattern of conduct that is not lawful. You can not get one just because "Uncle Mike" is annoying. The instructions from the court documents will outline the requirements.

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  • Can you report a crime that happened in a different state or county than it happened in?

    I am concerned to report crimes that have happened in my own county due to the fact the perpetrators of the crimes are close friends with people in high places and have already proven they can get away with criminal activities in the past.is there...

    William’s Answer

    From the beginning of government those in power have friends who help them and they help back. If a person fears retribution for reporting criminal activity then the environment is likely already set up to protect them. Whistleblower statutes attempt to protect some. Anonymous reporting of crime is difficult at best. A request to outside agencies will also allow disclosure of the reporting party. The final answer is if it is important enough one must take the risk of retribution. Publicity may help limit the use of power. The ACLU may be of assistance as well. You can file a request with the Attorney General or the F.B.I. for an independent investigation.

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  • I was caught in 4 peoples back yards and I am in trouble for prowling how long can I be sent to jail?

    I took nothing at all i was just walking around and then i left

    William’s Answer

    Unless the properties are posted "No Trespassing" I don't know that you have broken the law. If I walk across someone else's property there will need to be something that would turn it into something illegal. Is someone came out and told me to get off their property and I didn't them I could be charged with trespass. Get a lawyer and fight like hell.

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  • What do I have to do to show that I have a good reason for a restraining order? Is there a court hearing?

    How long does a restraining order last in Washington?

    William’s Answer

    There are restraining orders and Orders of Protection. Essentially you must show illegal behavior that threatens or harasses you. There must be a pattern rather than an isolated incident. There will be a hearing as you must appear before the Court and prove the allegations.

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  • I'm charged with assault 4, I was drunk, the cop says tried to hit him, I didn't. There's no video, should I take the plea deal?

    I have no criminal record.

    William’s Answer

    No. Don' take the deal, unless it is a dismissal, an apology from the cop and $50.00 for your trouble. Fight it. You will not be happy if you plead guilty. What is the risk to fight and ask a jury to determine if the cop is telling the truth.

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  • Is the victim/witness required to appear at a domestic violence trial?

    My boyfriend and I were arguing and I called the police and he spent several days in jail. We have lived together for many years and he moved out and took all of his belongings. He is scheduled to go to court soon and someone told me that if I d...

    William’s Answer

    If a person is properly served with a subpoena they have a legal duty to appear as ordered by the Court. If they fail to appear the Court will determine whether to take action or not. Whether charges are dropped or not depends upon many different factors. If the victim is necessary to prove the charge then most likely the charge will be dismissed if the witness does not appear to testify. If there is independent evidence of the incident then the prosecuting authroity may be able to proceed without the victim. Are ther admissions by the defendant that are admissible against him/her? Unfortunately there is not one true answer to your question.

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  • How do i drop a case of DV against my husband in washington state? I am ok now and i forgive him. He has no priors whatsoever.

    Not even a parking ticket. I want him to come home. Will this make him lose his job? I only sustained superficial injuries to my arms and i didnt even need medical attention.

    William’s Answer

    You don't. You are considered a witness and the plaintiff is the governmental authority. A good and crafty attorney will hopefully guide this matter to a favorable result. Do not think that you can control the outcome. Get an experienced attorney who will handle this matter. there are serious and profound consequences for him and you if there is a conviction for a DV offense,

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  • Lawyer told me this, but unsure if this is the case

    I got sentenced to 5 days in jail for dwls3, I report to the jail on a Monday but my lawyer says I'll be out by Thursday? Is this wishful thinking, a good guess or a fact? Thank you

    William’s Answer

    You get 1/3 off of a sentence for "good time" upon entering the jail. If you behave it will not be taken away. The real question is why are you doing any jail time on a DWLS 3rd degree charge.

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  • Can a person drive again in WA after a license suspension with a valid out-of-state license?

    My son was arrested for suspicion of DUI and the case took a couple years to get resolved and he was given a conviction in WA at the end. In the mean time, he moved to CA and obtained a valid CA driver's license and insurance prior to the case co...

    William’s Answer

    No. Upon conviction his PRIVILEGE to drive in Washington is suspended or revoked. If this status remains in Washington then an out of state license will not allow him to drive in Washington. California is supposed to honor the suspension/revocation of the Washington action. If he has passed the period of suspension/revocation imposed by Washington then there are reinstatement requirements that must be met before he can drive in Washington. Some of these will be proof of insurance (SR-22 form), proof if ignition interlock device for the required period, reinstatement and probationary license fees. Contact the DOL of Washington for reinstatement requirements.

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  • Drivers license is suspended and got pulled over and got dwls. this is my 5th one in a 10 yr period . what is going to happen

    my friend has a good job and no felonies or prior troubles with law. when he goes to court can u tell me what will happen!??

    William’s Answer

    This is a complex question and the answer will depend upon information you have not provided. There are three degrees of DWLS. If you have 5 DWLS in the 3rd degree then you will not be re-suspended unless the DOL has taken previous probationary actions. Now, a judge will not think kindly to someone who continues to flaunt the law. They feel at some point that punishment may change the behavior. If he can get licensed before he appears in court (fix the problem) it will certainly help.

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