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  • Need Representation in Tacoma Washington US District Court for Disorderly Conduct

    I live in Kentucky, but was charged while at Mt. Rainer in Tacoma, WA. I'm looking for representation and would like to know rates. Thanks!

    Deanna’s Answer

    It is very difficult to know the complexity of a case without more information. It would be best for you to contact a defense attorney who is licensed to practice in the United States Western District Court of Washington directly. This allows an attorney to ask and get answers to certain questions, while having the protection of confidentiality. It is important you be confortable with your attorney and short of sitting down with them, a phone conversation is the next best thing.

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  • Is it possible to get a no contact order lifted or changed?

    I am the sole provider in my household and there is a no contact order against me by the stste. I was woundering if there is something I can do to change this. We also have a wedding date planned in november. The no contact order is because of a a...

    Deanna’s Answer

    Chuck,

    If I understand, you have been charged with 4th Degree assault, domestic violence and there has been a no contact order issued between you and your partner. You would like the no contact order recalled and want to know if there is something you can do to make this happen.

    As a defendant, you have the ability to motion the court for a reconsideration of the no contact order. During that time, the court will look at several factors. The court will consider any criminal history you have. History between the parties will be considered. The court will look at the alleged assault. The court will look at what concerns any victim may have expressed to an advocate. The court will also take into account the amount of time that has passed. Generally, courts like at least 30 days to have passed since the incident. This is considered a "cooling off period".

    It is up to the judge whether or not they will remove the order. It is discretionary. A court is always concerned that they will remove a no contact order and then the defendant will turn around and hurt the victim. No judge wants to be responsible for that.

    Sometimes your attorney can work out a "modification" of a no contact order, or a temporary suspension for certain events if the victim has no safety concerns and you are assigned to someone's care.

    It is always difficult for parties who do not want a no contact order to abide by one. However, violations of the order are easy to do, and taken very seriously. A violation makes it difficult to have the order recalled. You do not want to get caught up in getting violations. The third one can be charged as a felony.

    An experienced attorney by your side and arguing for you during the hearing to remove the no contact order will be your best advocate.

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  • I want to drop the charges and the no contact order that my boyfriend is being charged with how do i do that

    i feel i was trapt into filing domestic violence and dont feel my boyfriend is really any threat to me or anyone else. we just had a fight and both were involved with the hittin each other and me saying hurt full words. He has a no contact order r...

    Deanna’s Answer

    Once an incident has been reported, and a charge filed, there is little a "victim" can do. This can be very frustrating for a victim like you who does not feel threatened, and who may have been a mutual aggressor. Unfortunately, it is out of your hands. It is up to the prosecutor whether or not they will continue forward.

    There are a few different things that can happen.

    1- the charge will be prosecuted anyway. A lot of times, prosecutors will view uncooperative victims as being afraid due to repeated abuse. Recanting happens a lot. The prosecutor will go forward with the charge anyway.

    2- the matter will be set for trial and depending on whether or not the prosecutor believes they will prevail at trial without a cooperative victim, the matter may go to trial, be resolved, or dismissed.

    3- the prosecutor will take a look at the history between the parties and of the individual charged and make an offer to negotiate the charge.

    What you can do, is get a hold of the victim's advocate. It is their job to speak with you and then relay your concerns to the prosecutor and Court. If you have no safety concerns, let them know that.

    Bottom line is you, have no control over the charge being dropped.

    As far as the no contact order goes, it is a Court order and violations are taken very seriously. It is hard for two parties who have a no contact order and who want to be together to abide by the order. It is so easy to violate the order, but any violation will make things much, much worse for your boyfriend. The third violation can be charged as a felony.

    It is important that your boyfriend go through the proper steps to motion the court to have the no contact order recalled. You cannot ask the court to have the order dropped. It has to be the defendant. What you can do is make sure the advocate knows how you feel. This way, they can inform the Court of your wishes.

    It is always beneficial for a defendant to have an attorney with him to advocate for the recall of the order.

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  • Should I be worried that the no contact order will not be dropped?

    My husband goes to court on Oct 23 to try to get it drop. I have gone though anger management treatment and DV parenting classes. It will be 2months and 2 weeks on oct 23 scent the ensends happen bettween us. This is the first time I have been in ...

    Deanna’s Answer

    There are a lot of factors a Court will consider when making the decision to remove a no contact order. What is the history of the defendant? What was the alleged conduct? What are the wishes of the victim? You seem to have a few things going for you.

    First, you have taken action. You can show the court that you have taken steps towards preventing this from happening again.

    Second, you have no previous criminal history from what you said.

    Third, there has been a "cooling off" period. Generally, courts like to see at least 30 days pass before they will consider recalling a no contact order.

    Finally, you have a victim who does not want the order, and may tell the court he has no safety concerns if the order were to be recalled.

    There is never a guarantee that a no contact order will be removed. It is discretionary. No contact order violations can happen very easily, and are taken seriously by the Court. The third one can be charged as a felony in Washington. I would recommend that you have you an attorney there to advocate for you.

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  • How can i stop mt girlfriend from being charged with domestic violence

    me and my girlfriend got into an arguement that turned alittle violent and she bit me the cops came out and said shes the aggresor and she went to jail this is not what i want i want the charge dropped what can i say to get this resolved

    Deanna’s Answer

    Once an incident has been reported, and a charge filed, there is little a "victim" can do. It is out of your hands. It is up to the prosecutor whether or not they will contiue forward with an unwilling victim.

    There are a few different things that can happen.

    1- the charge will be prosecuted anyway. A lot of times, prosecutors will view uncooperative victims as being afraid due to repeated abuse, and prosecute the charge anyway.

    2- the matter will be set for trial and depending on whether or not the prosecutor believes they will prevail at trial without a victim, the matter may go to trial, be resolved, or dismissed.

    3- the prosecutor will take a look at the history between the parties and of the individual charged and make an offer to negotiate the charge.

    What you can do, is get a hold of the victim's advocate. It is their job to speak with you and then relay your concerns to the prosecutor and court. If you have no safety concerns, let them know that.

    Bottom line is you, have no control over the charge being dropped.

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  • Can i get my gun rights back following a domestic violence conviction

    in 2003 i was convicted of DV i knew i couldn't posess firearms while the protection order was in effect. i recently tried to purchase a hunting rifle and was denied after talking with the FBI's nics i was informed my firearm ban was permanent is ...

    Deanna’s Answer

    In order to answer your question I would need additional information. Specifically, what is the crime that you were charged with in 2003?

    Washington statute does allow for restoration of gun rights, but certain criteria must be met. The conviction of certain crimes like murder, robbery, kidnapping, assault, some drug related crimes will prevent you from petitioning the court for your gun rights back.

    If you have been convicted of a crime which does allow you to petition the court, you must meet additional time requirements. Again, depending on the nature of the crime convicted, you will have to have a certain number of consecutive years without convictions.

    This process can be very frustrating and confusing. I suggest that you speak with an experienced attorney who can review your specific circumstances.

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  • Can i get my domestic violence conviction expunged in Washington?

    i was 20 and she was 17, her parents didnt like it so they lied to get a DV against me so we couldnt see each other, a week later, she went to court to drop it. her parents a month or so later found out and got another one. which stuck. i dont k...

    Deanna’s Answer

    In order to answer your question, I would need more information from you. There are many variables that determine if you are elligible.

    Generally, in order to vacate a conviction and exponge the criminal charge off of your record, you need to meet certain requirements set by statute. Some domestic violence convictions are not elligible for expungement. The ones that are, the required wait time before you can motion the court varies. Additionally, you need to have a "clean" record during that required period of time.

    From what you have described, it sounds like there was a no contact or restraining order issued. I am not sure what the crime you were charge with was, and if there was a conviction. The process can be confusing and frustrating for indivudals; and I would recomend seeking the advice of an experienced attorney who can look at your specific circumstances.

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  • Will a 4th degree domestic violence charge cost me a job with children?

    I am applying for a job with children in family services in Washington State, but on my background check they found that in Oct. 2008 I recieved a 4th degree domestic violence charge. I went to court for the charge and the judge told me since my r...

    Deanna’s Answer

    This is my GENERAL answer to your question. There are always exceptions.

    It sounds like you were given an SOC (Stipulated Order of Continuance) or a CFD (Continuance for Dismissal). Generally, if you abide by the terms of the agreement (you do an evaluation, treatment, stay out of trouble, etc.), at the end of the time period your case will be dismissed. Until then, at least in Spokane, your charge appears as "pending". This means it is not resolved and there has been no disposition entered into the system.

    If your applicaiton asks you if you have ever been CONVICTED, and if that is the only thing on your record, generally you can say no. If it asks if you have ever been CHARGED, the answer is yes.

    If it has been a year, and the court has dismissed the case, your record will show dismissed, but you will still have a record that you were charged. Whether or not this impacts your ability to be hired depends on the agency's policy on hiring someone with a past CHARGE.

    I hope this answers your question. I would always refer you to your paperwork or to the attorney who dealt with your case to verify any further questions.

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