Jeffrey W Holmes’s Answers

Jeffrey W Holmes

Vancouver Child Custody Lawyer.

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  1. Should i represent myself in court for a shoplifting charge ?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Jalal Shehadeh
    2. Jonathan Hackworth
    3. Jeffrey W Holmes
    4. Richard Earl Hornsby
    5. Amber Hill
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    If you haven't already, you should ask to be screened for a court appointed attorney to see if you qualify for a lawyer at public expense. Some areas also provide a "near indigent" list of attorneys who may agree to represent you for a low fixed cost. Otherwise, as mentioned previously, there are a number of low cost attorneys out there if you look. You may want to ask a potential attorney if you can do a payment plan or work on a sliding scale for representation. It is definitely advisable...

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  2. What happens when u have been issued a ticket instead of jail time on malicious 3 degree. Have a court date tomorrow

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jeffrey W Holmes
    2. Nicholas A. Wood
    3. Erin Bradley McAleer
    4. Aaron Lukoff
    5. Patrick Owen Earl
    5 lawyer answers

    Being issued a criminal citation for malicious mischief 3 starts the criminal process by giving you a court date for arraignment. Your first court date is where you will plead not guilty and likely will be asked if you want to screen for a court appointed attorney. If you do not qualify, you may want to contact a local defense attorney to assist you through the process. There may be a number of options to keep this crime off your record given your background, and an experienced attorney could...

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  3. Should we fight negligent driving 2nd degree. Our 16 year old son just received this ticket. He was driving to fast on ice.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Jeffrey W Holmes
    2. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    3. Aaron Lukoff
    3 lawyer answers

    A negligent driving in the second degree infraction is one of the most serious driving infractions you can receive, and can have serious repercussions with your insurance company. It would likely be worthwhile having a consultation with a local infraction attorney to discuss the facts in more detail to see what your options are. A small cost at this point in time to retain an experienced attorney to help you through the process may pay off in the long term given the insurance premiums will...

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  4. My sister filled a false police report. I was arrested and went to jail. Now I have an assult 4 charge on me. Have a court

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Lennard Anthony Nahajski
    2. Erin Bradley McAleer
    3. Quinn Rosborough Dalan
    4. Edward T LeClaire
    5. Jeffrey W Holmes
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    7 lawyer answers

    I agree completely with the answers provided by my colleagues. As mentioned previously, Clark County has a number of great court appointed attorneys, so it is probably worth at least seeing what progress can be made on your case with the attorney who was appointed to your case. I would note, however, that time can be of the essence in criminal cases. It is important that your attorney begin working on defending your case as soon as possible. Favorable witnesses (on both sides) can sometimes...

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  5. If I dont show up for court as a witness will the charges be dropped against him? does it help that the cops filed three differe

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Patrick Owen Earl
    2. Jeffrey W Holmes
    3. Robert Jonathan Davis
    4. Lenell Rae Nussbaum
    4 lawyer answers

    This questions is nearly impossible to answer without knowing more specifics about this case. If you are served with a subpoena and found to be a material witness to the case, the court could issue a material witness warrant for your arrest. If arrested on that, you would then, in theory, be brought to court by law enforcement after arrest. The prosecution may also attempt to introduce statements you made to law enforcement even if you do not appear in court, which they may be able to do in...

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  6. Is it useful to have a lawyer assist you when no major injuries are apparently involved but there's substantial property damage?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jeffrey W Holmes
    2. Erik Francis Ladenburg
    3. J.J. Thompson
    4. Bryan Daniel Doran
    5. John Paul Thygerson
    6. ···
    7 lawyer answers

    I'm sorry to hear about your daughter being involved in an accident here in Vancouver. Consulting with an attorney whenever there is any sort of injury in an auto accident is a good idea. I am happy to hear your daughter appears to be making a speedy recovery, but a concussion and whiplash could potentially have lingering and residual effects that last into the future. An attorney could assist in assessing your situation and could provide guidance through the process and in negotiations with...

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  7. I was in an auto accident where I my car was hit by a city bus. Their insurance company hasn't contacted me. What should I do?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Keith Edward Trower
    2. Jeffrey W Holmes
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. Fareesh S. Sarangi
    5. Bryan Daniel Doran
    6. ···
    7 lawyer answers

    I agree 100% with my colleagues. Your primary focus should be to assure you return to full health after this incident. There are many great personal injury attorneys here on AVVO who know how to deal with insurance companies and will help you immensely with their expertise. I would recommend contacting one or two for free consultations and then go with an attorney you feel comfortable with.

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  8. We have no money for DUI lawyer and do not qualify for a PD, what can we do?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Adam Joseph Yanasak
    2. Patrick Owen Earl
    3. Jeffrey W Holmes
    4. James D. Laukkonen
    4 lawyer answers

    As mentioned by the other two attorneys, your husband may want to attempt to screen again for a public defender with complete documentation of your financial hardship. Re-screening can sometimes lead to appointment of a public defender when more information is provided. If you still do not qualify, you may want to contact a few other local attorneys who offer free consultations to see if you can find one that is more flexible on pricing considering your financial situation.

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  9. What should be done if new evidence arises after pleading guilty to avoid life sentence?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jeffrey W Holmes
    2. Frank Mascagni III
    3. Joshua Sachs
    4. William D. Edelblute
    4 lawyer answers

    The short answer is that it is very difficult to withdraw a guilty plea after judgment has been entered. CrR 7.8 would likely govern any future motion to withdraw a guilty plea based on "newly discovered evidence" or "any other reason justifying relief" and could, in theory, be filed a the trial court level. The timelines for moving to seek relief from a judgement based on new evidence is 1 year. The timeline for seeking relief from judgment based on "any other reason justifying relief" is "...

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  10. Sister-in-law arrested in WA for Residential Burglary, in jail for 20+ days, $75,000 bail, why so high? Stole food, how sad.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Jeffrey W Holmes
    2. Mark E Bratlien
    3. Stan Glisson
    3 lawyer answers

    My two colleagues provided very good responses, but I thought I would attempt to add some additional information as well. The Judge will often look at whether a defendant has had prior fail to appears (FTA), or missed court dates, in the past, and will often consider prior FTA's in setting a bail. Even if a prior case was eventually dismissed there may be a FTA history attached with those cases that could result in a higher bail. Another consideration is ties to the community, including...

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