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Jeff Staples

Vancouver Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Will a Wreckless driving charge show on my record, if I had a sucessful derferrement.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Jeff Staples
    2. Vitaliy Kertchen
    3. Paulette R Burgess
    3 lawyer answers

    It depends on what you mean by "deferment." The law allows for deferred sentences which are where you plead guilty and then have a chance to withdraw your guilty plea and have the case dismissed after the deferred period if you complete certain conditions. Some jurisdictions also have diversion programs, where the case is dismissed and then you have to complete the terms of an agreement with the prosecutor, otherwise the case will be refiled and you've often then waived a jury trial. The bottom...

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  2. What is the probable time for burg 2 in washington state if the person has prior felonys but has been in good standing 7 yrs

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Jeff Staples
    2. John Naumovski
    3. Patrick Owen Earl
    3 lawyer answers

    You need more information to answer this question accurately. The sentencing reform act determines a person's sentencing range based on the crime charged and his or her prior and other current charges. Certain crimes will "wash" (won't be scored) if the person has spent five years in the community without any other crimes, while other offenses (such as prior burglaries) will count twice as much as other crimes. It sounds like this person may have questions about scoring and defenses to the...

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  3. Can i record conversations in WA if there is an ongoing harassment / bullying situation , extortion or a crime of assault

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Michael P Brodsky
    2. Amanda Elizabeth Lee
    3. Jeff Staples
    4. Patrick Owen Earl
    5. William A. Jones Jr.
    5 lawyer answers

    Washington law prohibits recording an individual without his or her permission. I would recommend hiring a defense attorney. Your attorney can explain your wife's actions to the prosecutor and potentially get you a better offer. Your attorney would also be able to advise you about what your chances of success at trial are and help you make an informed decision as to whether you want to pursue that option.

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  4. I plea guilty to assault 4 non DV and malicious mischief 3 DV, does that effect lautenberg?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Heather Rogers Straub
    2. Jeff Staples
    2 lawyer answers

    Heather's right and her answer is great. If you were wondering whether you can withdraw the guilty plea, you could consider a motion under CrRLJ 7.7, but it probably doesn't have a great chance of success--especially since more than a year has passed. You should also consult RCW 9.96.060 to determine whether you are eligible to vacate the conviction, although from what you've said it seems that not enough time has passed. Also, even if you successfully vacate your conviction, I don't know if...

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  5. I was recently charged with a DWLS 3rd degree and pleaded guilty, its my 1st offence, will there be a suspension issued or no??

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Noah E. Weil
    2. Jeff Staples
    3. Paulette R Burgess
    3 lawyer answers

    A Driving while suspended 3rd degree conviction does not suspend your license. Washington state will consider your license suspended while any other state has your license there suspended. If the only thing suspending your license is a fine you have to pay in Oregon, then Washington should reinstate you once that is resolved. Let me know if you need more information.

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  6. Can a 17 year old girl date a 20 year old male in the military? Both in the state of Washington.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Vitaliy Kertchen
    2. Donna Eugenia Vasilkovs
    3. Jeff Staples
    3 lawyer answers

    I'm won't give any specific advice about what is or isn't legal without forming an attorney-client relationship because I would need more facts and then to specifically research the question as it related to those facts. But for general information purposes regarding Washington law: the age of consent in Washington is 16 and communication with a minor for immoral purposes shouldn't make illegal communication about sexual acts that would be legal if performed (State v. Luther (1992) 65 Wash.App....

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  7. Suspended liscense?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Vitaliy Kertchen
    2. Bradley G Barshis
    3. Jeff Staples
    4. Adam Joseph Yanasak
    4 lawyer answers

    I agree with the other commenters: this is something you need to take care of and ignoring it will make things much worse. You may be able to get this amended to an infraction, which would be hugely beneficial. Although driving while suspended 3 is about the least serious criminal charge a person can face, it's still a crime and needs to be taken seriously.

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  8. I am on probation in Wa.state for a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, im not from wa.state im from California, can i leave?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Vitaliy Kertchen
    2. Jeff Staples
    3. Mark C Blair
    4. Jessica Lorene Campbell
    4 lawyer answers

    Keep in mind also that even if you don't face arrest or extradition in another state, having a warrant can my life difficult when you end up going through a background check for something, like renting an apartment or applying for a job or school. You might consider asking your probation officer about transferring your probation to your home state.

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  9. Can I travel to another country if I completed two differed prosecutions?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Jeff Staples
    1 lawyer answer

    If you've been convicted of a criminal charge, you may well be on probation. Some charges have travel restrictions as a condition of probation. To answer your question, you need to look at your judgement and sentence the court gave you when you were convicted. Also, if you have a probation officer, you should check with him and he may be able to clarify it for you.

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  10. After the police respond to a misdemeanor , how long do the have to arrest you ?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    2. Vitaliy Kertchen
    3. Jeff Staples
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with Scott and Vitaliy's answers. It is possible you could receive a summons to appear in court if the officer referred the case to the local prosecuting authority and they elect to charge you. If you are charged, I would strongly advise you to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.

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