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  • Will I get a plea bargain for a neg 1 charge and is it advisable to try to get the charges dropped altogether?

    I was pulled over for not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign and the officer said my tires lost traction. I passed a sobriety test and blew a .045. The officer said he would give me a warning but when I pulled out to leave he said a vehicle ...

    Sharon’s Answer

    If you are over 21 years of age and the driving pattern articulated by officers is neglible, and you had never been charged in the past with any type of crime then there are negotiations to be made and depending on more details of the fact pattern some type of resolution can be reached. If you are 18 years of age and under 21, then a person can be charged with a DUI if they blew .02 or above.

    In addition, you have the seperate headache of your school.

    Regarding your school: Your school shoud have a procedure for their student conduct code and the grievance and appeals process, This procedure is governed by the procedures outlined in RCW 34.05, the Administrative Procedure Act.

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  • What do you do if you think your lawyer isn't working in your best interest.

    My friend is in jail for 2 years and 11 months for DUI. This is the most time you can possibly get for the offense. He was told he could modify out if he completed the drug & alcohol program. He did. He filed for modification twice and twice i...

    Sharon’s Answer

    I practice in the Washington State & Oregon State. I don't know what state your friend in custody. Also depends on the scope of the Attorney & Client agreement if it was private counsel, or if it is public defender, what the scope of representation covers. Your friend could write down his experience & concerns regarding the representation. Have him keep the document. Your friend would need to set up a meeting to discuss these concerns. Then see how the attorney responds with the information. If it makes sense fine. If not then your friend can think of sending letter to his attorney's supervisor and see what is the response. The final resort would for your friend to contact the state bar that the attorney practices and follow their procedure. Usually trying to work it out before a bar complaint is filed may provide more of a cooperative alliance if there is still room for a working relationship and it has not deteriorated.

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  • Under legal limit .075 what can i be charged with?

    blew a .075 bac level license not taken.

    Sharon’s Answer

    On administrative end- Breath test reading listed will not bring about a nightmare of dealing with DOL suspension.

    However on the criminal side of a DUI the prosecuting attorney even with a .075 reading can STILL proceed to prosecute you, accuse you of a DUI if in the Officer's opinion the Officer believed that you were still impaired. Depends in how the Officer writes down in the police report about the driving pattern.

    Other accusations that could be charged is a Reckless Driving, a gross misdemeanor which comes with a seperate 30 license suspension from DOL. And the other charge could be Negligent Driving 1st Degree, known as a simple misdemeanor.

    If there is a clean record. It helps you. And I do hate to tell you this and I am sure you know what I am about to say- you need an attorney skilled in DUI Defense to achieve what you want and minimize the damage that has been presented to you.

    I would pick an attorney who is VERY familiar with the court in the jurisdiction you were charged in. I see that you are listed as Tacoma WA, and if that is the locale, I would recommend Barbara Bowden who is exceptional 253-473-4262. Best, Sharon.

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  • How to find out what bail bondsman has my brothers truck title, he died last week.

    My brother died in Lake Havasu last week and his widow says she got a DUI awhile back and a bail bondsman has the title to the truck. However, she doesn't know which one it was, or how much it was for. She wants to get her license back and get the...

    Sharon’s Answer

    First, I am sorry for the loss of your brother.

    Regarding your question: I very much hope your sister-in-law has an attorney to help her sort out what she has to get done. I am assuming her case did not conclude, because if it did then the bail would have been addressed. She can go to the court where she has her DUI and ask the court clerk the name of the bail bonds man as that information is listed in the Judicial Information System. Good luck.

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  • DWLS 2nd Degree

    I was pulled over for no reason, the policeman just decided to run my license plate. I still don't understand why, the only thing I could think of is that it was an older vehicle(profiling?). The officer arrested me and I was released. The DWLS...

    Sharon’s Answer

    Yes, the scenario you described does happen and as you have experienced quickly escalates into a mud storm. In WA State when the government alleges an accusation of an refusal in a DUI case it is seen as one of the more severe in DUI offenses. It is a hard fact to digest and what I can only tell you is that you really need to find an attorney who is experienced in being a DUI Defense Attorney. Look for an attorney who is a member of the National College for DUI Defense. You NEED an Attorney who is Committed to Your case, fight for You. You write you probably will lose your job. You have to think how much that is worth it for you and bite the bullet. Talk with Attorneys and you will find the right one for you. Good luck. Sharon

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  • 10 years ago got DUI that was dismissed after completing diversion, Also prior to that had misdemeanor, that was expunged.

    Will those could prevent me from granting citizenship? Should I tell about it on my application?

    Sharon’s Answer

    In Oregon contact the Oregon State Bar & also Oregon Law Help for information on getting legal advise from an attorney skilled in road map to citizenship when a dui looms in the background. See links below.

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  • Not satisfied with my current DWI attorney

    I am not satisfied with the level of service, response and legal advise I am getting from my current attorney. Is it possible to change my attorney?. I tried to discuss my case with another attorney and he agreed to meet but when he found the na...

    Sharon’s Answer

    I'll tell you if I ever was charged with a DUI I would want the best, and I mean the best possible Criminal DUI Defense Attorney who is a current member of The National College for DUI Defense. In a heartbeat.

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  • I got charged with a DUI with a BAC of 0.068. What are my chances of a plea bargain? Or a dismissal?

    I was initially pulled over for a brake light that was not working. I then performed the FST and PBT and was very cooperative. They took me to the station and performed the official breath test and I blew 0.070 and 0.068. This was my first DUI ...

    Sharon’s Answer

    Doesn't it just get to you being stop for a brake light? I know exactly the many ways light bulb malfunctions seem to be the magnet for any law enforcement officer nearby. But if your car breaks down in the middle of the night, down pouring rain, and wildlife noises seem to be around, not one, no, not one signal law enforcement officer within 16 miles.

    To answer to your question above: It is good. Very good. Of the following:
    1. You were cooperative to the officer.
    2. Your breath test was 0.070 & .0.068
    3. Your first DUI (and last); and never had a traffic violation

    Why:
    1. Law enforcement lives are always at risk and it is essential when we are stopped by law enforcement, even if we don't agree with the stop, that we remain respectful and polite.

    2. On administrative end- Breath test reading listed will not bring about a nightmare of dealing with DOL suspension.
    However on the criminal side of a DUI the prosecuting attorney even with a .07/ .06 reading can STILL proceed to prosecute you, accuse you of a DUI if in the Officer's opinion the Officer believed that you were still impaired.

    3. It is GREAT to have a clean record. It helps you. And I do hate to tell you this and I am sure you know what I am about to say- you need an attorney skilled in DUI Defense to achieve what you want and minimize the damage that has been presented to you.

    I would pick an attorney who is a member of the National College of DUI Defense, where you would receive the representation you need and not have an attorney who just settles or worst plea you guilty.

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  • 9 year old warrant for Failure To Appear, DWLS 2nd Degree, Snohomish Co

    Hello, I recently got my license back and went to school for a WA state CDL-A, and an employment background check shows I have a warrant from 2001 for Failure To Appear for DWLS 2nd Degree, Snohomish County So. In 2008, I took care of another warr...

    Sharon’s Answer

    Below I listed a link to the Department of Licensing's (DOL) direct tab to check driver's license status. If you are willing to do some footwork to get some information- go to an actual DOL and ask to get a driving abstract. Expect to fork out about $15.00 after waiting in line for what will seem like a waiting for a baby to be born, raised and graduate high school. From the driver's abstract you at least can see what needs to unfold. If you are not able to afford a private pay attorney, as you wrote above, I would like to ask if you called around to meet with attorneys for a consult to see if there are any who would be willing to accept payments. I wish you the best.

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  • I got my 2 dui its been 2 years im takeing deferd this time can i move to alaska and take care of it

    is it posible

    Sharon’s Answer

    If this is your second DUI and you have decided to go deferred you will need to talk with an experienced attorney in DUI defense to work out details such as -the alcohol drug treatment you will be required to take is recognized under Washington law and can be transferred to Alaska at a different treatment facility. In addition there are the department of licensing DOL issues that need to be addressed. With a deferred prosecution you will need to see if you can qualify for what is known at DOL as a probationary license for a determined period of time, which includes installing an ignition interlock device and proof of high risk insurance. Good luck to you.

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