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  • My son is charged with attempted robbery 1st degree. What is he looking at and how do I help him prove his innocence?

    All I know is that my son (who is 18) was with 3 other people and they were arrested in a store parking lot. Apparently the police had a tip from the guy driving the car that there was going to be a robbery at this store. From what my son and th...

    Sharon’s Answer

    In Washington State- RCW 9A.56.190 Robbery — Definition.

    A person commits robbery when he unlawfully takes personal property from the person of another or in his presence against his will by the use or threatened use of immediate force, violence, or fear of injury to that person or his property or the person or property of anyone. Such force or fear must be used to obtain or retain possession of the property, or to prevent or overcome resistance to the taking; in either of which cases the degree of force is immaterial. Such taking constitutes robbery whenever it appears that, although the taking was fully completed without the knowledge of the person from whom taken, such knowledge was prevented by the use of force or fear.

    RCW 9A.56.200 Robbery in the first degree.

    (1) A person is guilty of robbery in the first degree if:

    (a) In the commission of a robbery or of immediate flight therefrom, he or she:

    (i) Is armed with a deadly weapon; or

    (ii) Displays what appears to be a firearm or other deadly weapon; or

    (iii) Inflicts bodily injury; or

    (b) He or she commits a robbery within and against a financial institution as defined in RCW 7.88.010 or 35.38.060.

    (2) Robbery in the first degree is a class A felony.
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    RCW 9A.20.021
    Maximum sentences for crimes committed July 1, 1984, and after.

    (1) Felony. Unless a different maximum sentence for a classified felony is specifically established by a statute of this state, no person convicted of a classified felony shall be punished by confinement or fine exceeding the following:

    (a) For a class A felony, by confinement in a state correctional institution for a term of life imprisonment, or by a fine in an amount fixed by the court of fifty thousand dollars, or by both such confinement and fine;

    Extremely serious accusation. I recommend a seasoned criminal defense attorney Jim Dixon or Rod Franzen, both are in Olympia, WA

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  • Do the police have to notify me of items taken from my car when they arrested me for prescription dui?

    A whole bunch of items are missing, including the remainder of the prescription, but the did not mention they were taking anything.

    Sharon’s Answer

    Under the Freedom of Information Act, a person can use Public Disclosure Request (PDR), sometimes found on the county website or at the court house. The PDR can be used to request the police report. When report is obtained see what items are listed on the evidence obtained list and ask your attorney for their advice on how best to proceed.

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  • Court sends paperwork to DOL one year later DOL considers Deffered as a second offence

    Two cases: 1. DUI january 2006 2. Deffered for DUI february 2006 There is one week apart cases. Court makes a mistake a sends Deffered case to DOL first, and then DUI? DOL considers deffered as a first offence and DUI as a second offence an...

    Sharon’s Answer

    Unknown factors an experienced DUI attorney would wonder would be some of the following- if both DUI's were committed within seven days why weren't the two combined for the Deferred Prosecution? What type of DUI's - breath test ? Blood test? So much unknown. The sanctions arising from a DUI dictate that criminal and administrative penalties are separate from one another. At the time of the DUI offenses did you request for the DOL adminisrative hearing? Did you apply and were able to get a five year probationary license in the Deferred? There isn't an easy way to help navigate unless through an experienced criminal defense attorney who focuses and is successful representing people accused of DUI. The National College for DUI Defense Website listed is a terrific resource in finding an attorney and summary of the law. Best to you. Sharon

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  • Should i plead guilty?

    i committed 3rd- degree theft in Washington State in the town of Olympia. the item i stole was about 2 dollars and was wondering what my consequence would be with this being my first crime.

    Sharon’s Answer

    No! Do NOT plead guilty. WA State allows for what is known as compromise of a misdemeanor. The process requires negotiating among the parties and having various forms signed. Good idea to seek an attorney who is experienced in not only the criminal aspect, but also the negotiating with the other side. Also it depends on someones criminal history as well, it is best to meet with an attorney. This process is not a fast and quick do it yourself type. Good luck to you. Sharon

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  • I was arrested for dui not for drinking but for taking prescription substance

    which caused me to fall asleep and hit a pole in a parking lot. Am I automatically going to have my license suspended or going to jail?

    Sharon’s Answer

    In Wa state a person can be accused of the crime of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.
    The law does not make any distinction of illegal or legal intoxicants. The level of Impairment affecting ones ability to drive. keep in mind it is the prosecutor's role to prove its accusation Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. Recommend hiring an attorney who has the training and success representing people accused of DUI. I provided you a link of the National College for DUI Defense that lists attorneys in your area, including what you look for seeking representation and the right questions to ask. Good luck to you. Sharon

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  • I was charged with dui, but i was exiting the car when the officer stopped me. Is this legal?

    The officer stated he saw me run a stop sign. But he never pulled me over. He never even turned is lights on when he pulled into my driveway to question me. I did however respond saying that i didn't know he was following me. Do I have a chance...

    Sharon’s Answer

    I am licensed attorney only in Washington & Oregon States. I am not licensed in North Carolina. I want you to know in general facts similar to yours are compelling for your attorney to present possible motion of suppression. I have also included the North Carolina Bar Association link for you. There are many ways in fighting a DUI case and I encourage you to view the links and seek an attorney skilled in DUI defense.

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  • Is there a copy of my bac in my driving records or court documents provided be my defense?

    is there a copy of my bac in my driving records or court documents provided be my defense?

    Sharon’s Answer

    If you blew into the Datamaster Machine then there should be a copy of the breath test readings in the police report; and also in the Department of Licensing packet if you had requested that hearing.

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  • No Contact order

    Me and my fiancee had a no contact order that is removed. now they are saying they r putting it back on and he is going to jail if he doesn't get a job in 2 weeks can they do that

    Sharon’s Answer

    Need more facts as understandably the situation in the Criminal Justice system is overwhelming & difficult to interpret.

    Usually a NCO (no contact order) is put in place by a Judge when some type of crime has been committed. Usually ordered by a Judge to set conditions of release. This is done in a Criminal Court.

    A Restraining Order is put in place when a Judge agrees with one person to have an order put on another person restraining them from having contact. It is done in Civil Court.

    The information in the question regarding employment, are you referring he has only 2 weeks to have a job or he will not get work release? As more information is needed, please try adding some more facts to help with a better answer.

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  • No Contact order

    Me and my fiancee had a no contact order that is removed. now they are saying they r putting it back on and he is going to jail if he doesn't get a job in 2 weeks can they do that

    Sharon’s Answer

    Need more facts as understandably the situation in the Criminal Justice system is overwhelming & difficult to interpret.

    Usually a NCO (no contact order) is put in place by a Judge when some type of crime has been committed. Usually ordered by a Judge to set conditions of release. This is done in a Criminal Court.

    A Restraining Order is put in place when a Judge agrees with one person to have an order put on another person restraining them from having contact. It is done in Civil Court.

    The information in the question regarding employment, are you referring he has only 2 weeks to have a job or he will not get work release? As more information is needed, please try adding some more facts to help with a better answer.

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  • Ticket reduced to reckless driving from DUI, I have not completed the classes. What will be the outcome?

    I was charged for DUI, that resulted in a lesser charge of reckless driving. I was to complete a 8 hour class & victims panel. I lost my job and have been unable to afford to complete theses classes. What will happen in court?

    Sharon’s Answer

    It depends if you have had been given an extended time beforehand to complete them. Usually the ADIS (Alcohol & Drug Information School) costs around $100 and up. The VIP (Victims Impact Panel) runs around $45 and up. The consequences truly outweigh what needs to be done. If there is any way to borrow the money needed for these classes, that is a better option. You can ask the Court for more time. You could ask the ADIS agencies (you will have to call around) if they would do a paymnent plan at all. And the VIP, you can do the same.

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