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  • A friend was told he was seen fling a meth pipe out of his car window, whether he did or not do the cops have a good case?

    He is currently on bond will this break his bond?

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    Without having more details about what information the police have it is impossible to dtermine if they have a good cae.

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  • If charges state Assult Inv, and person is released, how long does the prosecutor have to file formal charges?

    Person was released today, allegedly stabbed someone in self defense, still being investigated.

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    Statute of limitations for felony assault is 3 years.

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  • What are possible consequences for a drug possesion/delivery charge (VUSCA), in WA state?

    No priors; 5.7 grams of meth, not found on person, but recovered from a toilet bowl

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    Definitely get an attorney, private or court appointed. The possible outcomes are to varied to cover in a short answer, but the worst case scenario is the 12-20 month range if convicted of Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver. If it was in a toilet bowl, my hunch is there was some type of police search involved, and that search will need to be scrutinized for any violation of constitutional rights.

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  • I was caught shoplifting in Kmart in NY, I was not arrested or send to court I just got a civil claim to make a payment.

    I was caught by the security guards and I was asked for my info & I needed to a sign a paper or two. I wasnt arrested, the police was not involved, and I was not send to court. They told me I would just need to make a payment and a letter would be...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    You should speak with an attorney in your area who handles shoplifting cases. You need the law firm making the demand to provide you with a "Release of Civil Claims" that states that the release is on behalf of K-Mart. It is best to have an attorney handle that communication.

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  • Where can I obtain my criminal records and what's the charge?

    Hi! I would like to know where can I obtain my criminal records . Because I know what year and month I had the DUI but I don't remember exactly what day! This happen 10 yrs ago and this happen in PHX Az and right now I leave in Seattle WA. Thank you!

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    If checking with the courts is unsuccessful, most states have a criminal history database that contains records of arrests and convictions. The FBI also maintains such records.

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  • I was arrested for illegally smoking marijuana and I'm turning 18 next month. Will I get charged as an adult?

    My biggest concern regarding this situation is that I will be charged with a misdemeanor as an adult although I am not legal yet. This is my first time in trouble with the law. I was not carrying any marijuana. I panicked when the officer tried ha...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    If you are 18 you will be charged as an adult. If there was a delay in charging you after the arrest, and there is not a goodnreason for the delay, there may be a basis to seek dismissal of the charges. You should seek counsel if you have not done so already.

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  • What can be done when the DA is continually confusing the defendant's criminal history with that of his brother?

    My fiance has spent the last 97 days waiting for trial with a bond amount we could never dream of meeting. The bond was set high due to the DA's instance that he is a violent felon, a threat to the community, & likely to run. He has had feloni...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    All criminal histories are connected with a set of fingerprints and/or booking photos. You need to take the cases that are erroneously being cited as part of his criminal history and see if there are fingerprints or a booking photo from when the offender was arrested and/or sentenced. Comparing those will prove that they are attributing criminal history that is not his. In the end, if used to increase punishment, it will be the prosecutor's burden to prove the criminal history is accurate.

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  • I am being served a subpoena in a federal criminal case against my partner. What are my rights?

    We are not married, but was wondering if "common law" could be used to not testify. Do I have the right to be represented or provided a lawyer, prior to attending court since I am basically being forced in to going. What are my rights with regards...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    You always have a right to invoke the Fifth Amendment if your testimony could directly or indirectly provide evidence that you have violated the law. You need to either hire an attorney or contact the Federal Defender's Office in Seattle to ask that an attorney be appointed to represent you. In order to obtain a court-appointed attorney you will have to meet certain financial guidelines. A judge can order you to testify, which would result in you having complete immunity from prosecution for anything you testify about (except for perjury if you lie).

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  • Can a defense attorney initiate contact with the guardian of a sexual assault victim without notifying the DA's office in WA

    Defense attorney is an old family friend of the victim's family- and called the guardian on the telephone to see how family was feeling about the upcoming trial- Defense atty did not go through the DA's office. Is this ethical?

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    Yes, a defense attorney can contact anyone who may have information or evidence about a case without going through the prosecutor's office. The prosecutor does not represent any of the witnesses in a criminal proceeding. It is not only ethical for a defense attorney to contact witnesses, it is an essential part of their job. By he same token, the prosecutor is free to contact defense witnesses and ask them questions without getting the permission or approval of the defense attorney, with the clear exception being the defendant. The prosecutor cannot communicate with a defendant who is represented by counsel.

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  • Can someone who has to be represented by the DA also have their only attorney to worik with the DA on the case

    our office was embezzled out of a large sum of money by our secretary. We have turned over all the proof in the way of documents and cancelled checks.This is being handled by an investigator in the DA's Office. Since our business is in one pari...

    Jeffrey’s Answer

    I do not practice nor am I licensed in Louisiana, however as a general rule you can always have an attorney represent you on any potential civil lawsuit against the person who stole from you. The criminal prosecution should be a separate legal proceeding. The DA does not represent you and is not your attorney. They work for the government and initiate and prosecute cases on behalf of all the people, not just the alleged victim of a crime.

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