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Scott Weymouth Lawrence

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  • Will my boyfriend get more time?

    My boyfriend was charged with DV charge back in January I believe.He was told that as part of his plea bargain that he needed to do mental evaluation and drug evaluation.He has not done those evaluations,but I believe he had told court that he was...

    Scott’s Answer

    Are they going to throw him in that jail for a year?

    It is possible that the court could give him any or all of the jail time suspended in the case for failing to follow the conditions of his sentence (new charges and no evaluations).

    Is there anything that can be done to avoid jail time in this case?

    Maybe (he will need to have a good plan to offer the judge).

    Can he get evaluations done while he is in the jail?

    Usually this can only be done if you are willing to pay for the evaluation.

    What can I do to help him?

    Contact his attorney and see if there is anything you can do to help.

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  • Will she be taken into custody when she meets with her PO today if she tells PO or PO knows already?

    My daughter is on a 2 year deferred prosecution for DV and DUI. She was ticketed for driving on a suspended without an interlock device. No other violations was clean and sober. Mom was driving her to treatment apt, mothers pain med for kidneys be...

    Scott’s Answer

    She has a right to a hearing on any alleged violation. It is unlikely that she would be taken into custody. Instead, her probation officer will likely schedule a hearing for the court to address the issue. Depending on the court, it could be weeks or months before she her hearing. She should be communicating with her attorney about the best way to deal with the upcoming hearing and new charges.

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  • What types of convictions will negatively impact my security clearance?

    Is a negligent driving first degree or reckless driving conviction be worse for my security clearance?

    Scott’s Answer

    This is a question for your employer, not a criminal defense lawyer. Companies are free to set their own standards and each company is different.

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  • What happens if my son misses his paraphernalia charge arraignment because he is in rehab treatment?

    My son is currently (12 days in thus far) in a drug rehab treatment facility (not lock down), but he has his arraignment date set before he finishes his treatment. The facility had planned on driving him to court and back, but decided that there ...

    Scott’s Answer

    An attorney can waive arraignment for a client on most misdemeanor charges, pursuant to CRRLJ 4.1. The attorney enters a plea of not guilty for the client and sets court dates by written motion submitted prior to arraignment.

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  • Can I use a cell phone when I stopped on red light in Washington state?

    cell phone ticket

    Scott’s Answer

    "A person operating a MOVING motor vehicle while holding a wireless communications device to his or her ear is guilty of a traffic infraction."

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  • Is it possible to have pending charges and no warrant, even after missing a court date?

    I was charged with misdemeanor theft in the third. I made it to my first court date (where I got the public defender's number and when to show back up) but not my second one. About 2 weeks after that I was pulled over but the cop didn't say anythi...

    Scott’s Answer

    You need to call YOUR lawyer. If you have a pending charge and you missed court you have a warrant. You lawyer can help you quash it and get back on track. That is also the only person that knows enough about your case to know what the chances of dismissal are.

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  • Assult 3 Wa. State

    I'm being charged with assult 3 in wa state. The min is 1-3 months. Do I have to serve that time or can there be alternatives/deferment?

    Scott’s Answer

    If your standard sentence range is 1-3 months you obviously have no prior felonies. Work release, EHM or a first time offender waiver may be options for you. You will need to talk to your attorney to see if you qualify and whether the judge is likely to grant any of this in your case.

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  • Can police continue to question as suspect after the suspect says they don't want to speak without a lawyer?

    Simple question - Can a police officer continue questioning a suspect when that suspect repeatedly says, "i do not speak to law enforcement without a lawyer."

    Scott’s Answer

    Statements like "I do not speak to law enforcement without a lawyer" are probably good enough to be a valid assertion of one's Constitutional Right. There is some case law that could muddy the waters on a statement like this. It is possible a court may say this is your opinion and not a request for an attorney. A much clearer invocation would be "I want an attorney" or "I'm exercising my right to an attorney." That said, I would certainly argue (and I assume successfully) that your rights were violated in this scenario.

    If a person has asserted their right to an attorney, or their right to remain silent, the police should stop questioning that person. Any statements made or evidence obtained after one asserts these rights would be inadmissible at trial. It does not invalidate the arrest or automatically result in a dismissal of the case.

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  • Can you get time served on a probation violation?

    My boyfriend was sentenced 86 months for a conviction where he spent 36 months in and 36 months out. He did his time in jail in Washington and was transferred to Texas to do the remaining 36 months. He was a month and a half away from being releas...

    Scott’s Answer

    It's possibly. How likely it is to actually happen is impossible to guess without knowing a lot more about the case.

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  • Can a 20 yr old be charged for having sex with a 17 yr old in WA state?

    We reside in the state of WA where we thought the legal age of consent was 16. We did not have sex until she was 17, but now I've been told the parents can still prosecute me for rape because she's a minor. Is this true? Also If there's been commu...

    Scott’s Answer

    You need more than information about the law, you need actual legal advice. Schedule a consultation with a criminal defense lawyer ASAP.

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