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  • Difference between moving or non moving violations

    on my driving record it shows two no insurance infractions, are they non moving violations or moving violations in wa. state

    Sharon’s Answer

    Driving without insurance is a non-moving violation. See the link below that sets it out for you.

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  • Are no insurance tickets concidered a non-moving violation

    in the past no insurance tickets were concidered non m,oving in wa. state. But I'm trying to get a new job and their legal dept. is saying that they are a moving violation. This is the only thing holding me back from getting this job, what can I d...

    Sharon’s Answer

    Driving without insurance is a non-moving violation. However, it is a pricy ticket, and unless the vehicle driven is one of the exempt ones, the fine is $450.00. I have provided you with a link that sorts it out on which vehicles are exempt and the like.

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  • Can a cop make you sign anything during a DUI arrest?

    Recently I was arrested for a DUI. I blew below a .1 so I wasn't terribly intoxicated. Me being the anxious and worrisome person that I am has got me thinking what if the cop made me sign anything in regards to me admitting guilt. During a DUI ...

    Sharon’s Answer

    There are three documents where there are four places for the accused's signature. How the documents were presented, when your rights were read, the specifics on how the "processing" of your arrest is critical in determining the validity of those documents. Did you get to speak with an Attorney? Were you given the documents to read, do you wear eyeglasses and if so were they with you, were you handcuffed, if so, then how were you able to read the documents, were the documents read to you? There are many questions to ask. You have good instincts in picking up on the specifics on the documents to sign.

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  • Got pulled over for speeding, and ended up getting a DUI. No ticket?

    So I got a DUI, barely past the limit. Got pulled over but no ticket was issued. Shouldn't I have received a ticket for speeding? Does this help getting the case dismissed?

    Sharon’s Answer

    An officer not issuing a ticket for the reason why they stopped you is not necessarily go in your favor. Usually an officer will testify that they thought a criminal charge of DUI was sufficient and did not find it necessary to overload the accused person with another headache. With that said the reason for the stop is important on whether you were "paced"- then there are very specific things the office has to do to make it be a valid "pace" to stop someone for speed. Or a stop based on radar - that the instruments were in working order need to be checked. These are just a couple reasons to view how a stop regarding speed can be properly challenged.

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  • Assault charges and curiosity

    Driving away from (gf) house she throws a zippo threw window strikes driver(bf) in the head and almost passenger, (gf) runs to the car to (grab pictures) through the driver window. Driver thinks she is attacking driver tries to push her out of the...

    Sharon’s Answer

    My hope for you is that you will retain a criminal defense attorney Soon. From your question it appears that you were not represented by a retained attorney. If that is the case, at that stage of criminal proceeding the judge only needs to be presented enough evidence to reach probable cause determination to consider the charges against the accused. If there is no opposing counsel presenting your side (criminal defense attorney) to rebutt that probable cause statement- then the state's evidence will only be the consideration before the judge.

    It is the government who makes the charge or accusation. The alleged victim becomes a witness for the government's case.

    When an individual is accused of an assault, one defense would be a self-defense claim. People accused of a crime are innocent until proven guilty. The burden is upon the government's prosecutor to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused person committed the offense. Also, you should know that, under Washington law, you may be entitled to cost reimbursement by the State if the jury does in fact find you not guilty on a claim of self defense.

    Court rules, procedures and the law dictate which evidence can be presented at a trial. Depending on whether the witness has a clear criminal history, a witness who can testify as to what they personally saw and heard at the incident would be tremendously helpful and would cooraborate the accused person's version.

    I encourage you to check Avvo.com and Martindale.com to find a criminal defense attorney in your area.

    Good luck. Sharon

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  • First time DUI offender blowing a .09 in Washington

    so i took the field sobriety tests and refused the field breathalyzer. i got taken down to the station then blew a .093 the first time and a .09 the second time. Am I going to be able to get this conviction reduced?? (i'm 21 btw)

    Sharon’s Answer

    Under WA law it is optional to submit to the SFSTs (Standardized Field Sobriety Tests) and the PBT (Preliminary Breath Test) in the field. It is wise that you blew the Official Breath Test at the police station, because if you had not blown you would have been facing one year license revocation (if this is a first time DUI) with DOL (Department of Licensing). Pay attention to the 20 days (from date of when you were stopped) that you have to mail in or submit online the request for a DOL hearing. Two fold headache as you can see, the administrative end with DOL and the Criminal accusation. Depending of the facts of a particular case, the reason why you were pulled over, if the stop was on videotape, how the FSTs were administered by the Officer, when your advisement of rights were read, when questions were asked in relations to when the rights were read, the specifics of what took place at the police station, whether the arresting officer stayed with you the entire time, a mouth check was done (odd but required by law), the status of the Breath Test machine and many more specifics do come into play.

    Understandable it is ideal to see if there is a glaring Constitutional issue that can be corroborated to have a case be dismissed. Barring that a reduction in the charge is the other goal to work towards getting a simple misdemeanor of a Negligent Driving.

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  • Do any lawyers work probono for criminal defence?

    just wondering.

    Sharon’s Answer

    The Northwest Justice Project has developed a client intake system called CLEAR. The system allows low-income individuals to be referred to legal assistance in their community by calling a toll-free number. Certain cases can be referred to Northwest Justice Project offices, local volunteer lawyer programs, law school clinics or other resources in the caller's community. When seeking assistance, please call CLEAR Intake (toll free) 1-888-201-1014 before calling other legal services programs.

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  • Is it possible to get my license back early after being charged with an MIP?

    I am 20 yrs old, 19 at the time. I was given a ticket for an MIP after I was pulled over for running a stoplight. I took a breathalizer twice and the results came back .02 and .01. It is my first MIP. I was told that after being convicted my licen...

    Sharon’s Answer

    Your license will be revoked starting 45 days after Department of Licensing mails you the notice of revocation. The length of revocation as you state is your first offense would be until you reach 21. Once you are 21 years old, YOU have to request DOL to release any revocations for minor in possession.

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  • I got an neglgant 1st degree 6/25/03 and a dui 5/9/10 would this be considered my first or second dui?

    What is deferred?

    Sharon’s Answer

    On The Department of Licensing (DOL) view- the 5/9/10 DUI suspension will be in effect on the 61st day of date of arrest. You have only 20 days to request a DOL hearing from the date of a DUI arrest. Another option is to waive the DOL hearing and request to have an Ignition Interlock License (IIL) during the upcoming suspension. Decisions need to be made about whether you want the DOL hearing and see if you can prevail. If you don't prevail you can still apply for the IIL barring that there are no other holds due to other matters regarding your privilege to drive.

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  • What is the penalty for serving a minor alcohol in the state of washington

    what is the penalty for serving a minor alcohol in the state of washington

    Sharon’s Answer

    You need to know if this is a situation where you are a permit holder & violate this liquor law

    (1) Penalties assessed for violations within a three-year period will normally be as follows: MINORS: Selling or serving alcohol to a person under twenty-one years of age. See RCW 66.44.310 and WAC 314-11-020( 1). 5 day permit suspension OR $200 monetary option 10 day permit suspension OR $400 monetary option 30 day permit suspension OR $600 monetary option revocation of permit

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