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Matthew Wade McGowan

Matthew McGowan’s Answers

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  • Where can I find the form: superior court st of wa. affidavit in support of motion to proceed pro-se

    My son is in p.c. jail, awaiting his new trial after winning his appeal. He wants to pro-se. I need the proper forms for him to proceed, as well as motion for continuance and motion to compel discovery.

    Matthew’s Answer

    Your son doesn't need a particular pre-printed form, but instead a simple motion to the court to allow him to represent himself ('pro se). He can make this motion in simple language on any blank order form. However, he'll have the Pierce County public defenders available to him to help him make his request to the court.

    The factors that influence the court's decision in granting or denying a defendant pro se representation are numerous and serious. Although it may seem ironic, your son should really consult an attorney on how to best present his motion to represent himself.

    For the record, it's almost never a good idea for a criminal defendant to represent himself in trial. If he doesn't want to or can't afford to hire a private attorney, he has access to excellent public defenders with years of experience in court and at trial. Either way, best of luck to your son!

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  • What type of Lawyer do I need for being unable to continue paying a 26% car loan and I CANT file bankruptcy.

    I am paying a car loan with a 26% interest rate. By the time I finish paying it off, I could buy a small condo, its exhorbitant. And Its only a Kia Rio. I filed BR in 2011 becaue I am married to a woman in Peru and we have a son who also lives ...

    Matthew’s Answer

    You need an attorney who specializing in debt collection law. He or she can ensure that your collector is acting within the confines of the law and work to get you the most reasonable interest rate and repayment plan.

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  • What does this" motion" mean

    State's motion to deny motion for a new trial without an evidentiary hearing.

    Matthew’s Answer

    Sounds like the prosecutor is trying to prevent the court from considering newly-discovered or previously unavailable evidence. This is an uphill battle for a defense attorney, but can lead to great outcomes in front of the right judge. Best of luck to your friend and his attorney!

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  • Will an involuntary commitment to an eating disorder treatment program 20 years ago somehow prevent me from purchasing a gun?

    I am a female wishing to purchase a handgun for my self- protection, as I live alone, and was wondering if the background check would possibly reveal my long ago involuntary commitment for anorexia nervosa. I was committed involuntarily twice for...

    Matthew’s Answer

    I agree with the previous answers. The specifics of your situation make it likely that your rights can be restored in Washington State relatively easily. You can do that on your own, but it is more confusing than it really needs to be and an attorney can really speed up the process. Best of luck!

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  • I had a sub-contractor working for the commerical building next door, painting parking lot stripes at 5:00 am in the morning.

    I had called 911 40 to 50 times in the past three years and police told me if i called one more time they would aresst me. I went over to the sub-contractor and told him to stop but he started f-bombing me. i stepped on four or five stripes of wet...

    Matthew’s Answer

    There's clearly more to this story than what you've posted here. You need to talk to an attorney about the facts of this potential case and the specifics of your relationship with local law enforcement as soon as possible. Depending on a number of factors, you could certainly be charged with misdemeanor or even felony malicious mischief. Talk to an attorney and do NOT talk to the police.

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  • Got charged with DUI.

    Got charged with DUI last night in Bellevue. I blew .082 when pulled over. Cleared all the soberiety checks well. At station, blew .085 and .082.I hold a OH state licence as i moved to WA recently. I got pulled over just 2 blocks away home and i d...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Yes, the prosecutor will likely file the case. Most prosecutors offices will file DUI charges down to 0.04 BAC, depending on the facts in the police report. If this is a first offense, there is most likely a reasonable resolution available to you, but you need to hire an attorney to address the matter as soon as possible, and certainly prior to the date of your arraignment.

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  • Can i be extracted from another state back to Washington st. for a gross misdemeanor charge?

    this is a followup question to the of violating 2no-contact orders. i want to do the right thing . the only problem is i am supposed to fly to Arizona for my daughters graduation next week.am i in jeopardy of being arrested there for the violatio...

    Matthew’s Answer

    The short answer is that you could potentially face complications in any state arising from criminal warrants issued in any other state. Contact a criminal defense attorney in your current location as soon as possible to look into the specifics of your situation and work to prevent or at least mitigate any possible consequence to you.

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