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Emily Caitlin Beschen

Emily Beschen’s Answers

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  • What can I expect to happen next? Since its a first offense, do I have to go to court or just pay fines? Very scared!

    So today I was in Sephora inside of JcPenney. Stole a $74 bottle of perfume. LP stopped me right outside of the store and told me to come to the back room and sign some papers. They took my picture, name, address, phone number and social security ...

    Emily’s Answer

    It is possible that you will be charged with misdemeanor theft or shoplifting. Based on the information you provided it does not sound like you have been charged yet. Look carefully at the paperwork you were given to see if there is a citation that shows a court date. If you were not provided with a court date, then you may instead receive a summons in the mail that has a court date for you to appear. I have included a link to a website that will tell you if you have an upcoming court date in a District or Municipal Court (since this just happened today it is still going to be too soon to tell). It would be wise to contact an attorney in your area who focuses on criminal defense and explain the situation to them.

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  • If I plea guilty at a DUI court hearing , when would a license suspension start? The moment the judge sentences me?

    I was arrested for DUI. I won my DOL hearing.

    Emily’s Answer

    The suspension will not start the same day you are sentenced. After you sentencing, the Court will notify DOL that you have a conviction for DUI. That notification will trigger DOL to send you a letter that will tell you exactly what date your suspension goes into effect. Make sure your address is up to date with DOL and check your mail.

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  • Can I answer no to being arrested and being on probation if all of my charges were dismissed in court

    I am applying for a job that asks if I have ever been arrested, been convicted, or been on probation. My question is do i need to answer yes to any of these if my charges were dismissed in court. I was on pre-trial probation while going through th...

    Emily’s Answer

    I agree that you should be very careful. Around 80% of businesses perform background checks on applicants, so be cautious about failing to disclose something that they will see in a background check. Doing so could result in them moving onto the next applicant because they think you are being dishonest.

    You may want to call the attorney who represented you on the charge and see if they can provide you with more insight into whether you were arrested or placed on probation (as opposed to pre-trial monitoring).

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  • Will a misdemeanor theft on my record from 8 years ago affect me becoming an Registered Nurse? I am applying to nursing school.

    I was mixed with the wrong people, going through hard times and I stole various items under $100 from a store and was charged with a misdemeanor theft (not sure the other terms used, such as "petty" etc.) My record is clean other than that.

    Emily’s Answer

    Having a criminal history will not automatically bar you from becoming licensed as a nurse in the State of Washington. However, when you submit your application to the Department of Health you will be required to disclose the conviction and provide supporting documentation for them to consider.

    It may be worthwhile to get the conviction vacated, and it sounds like you would qualify under the statute based on the limited information. To start that process, either contact the clerk at the court where you have the conviction and ask if they have a packet with forms and instructions you would need to start the vacating process (some courts do and some do not). You could also hire an attorney to assist with that process (best if you find one in the same county as that court). Sometimes the process could take a few months so you are wise to start sooner rather than later.

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  • Is it possible for me to expunge my gross misdemeanor theft charge in Washington if I have multiple convictions in other states?

    about 7 other misdemeanors outside of Washington.

    Emily’s Answer

    You can vacate only your most recent conviction in under Waahington State law. So if the Washington conviction is the most recent, and you meet the other requirements, then you should qualify. If the convictions in the other states are more recent, then you will not qualify.

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  • Missed misdemeanor case in Washington, now what? (please read details) im freaking out

    im an 18 year old college student. in October I was a t a party that got out of control and turned into a "riot". I was there, but left when things got out of hand. It is now December 10 and in my mail box I received a letter from the local munici...

    Emily’s Answer

    You can quash warrants in Bellingham Municipal Court Fridays at 10:30. You should get in touch with a Bellingham criminal defense attorney to assist you with noting a motion to quash the warrant (either hire someone or see if you qualify for a public defender). WWU has a legal information center in the VU that may have referrals for attorneys.

    Likley a $100 warrant fee has been applied in your case, but your attorney can ask the court to waive it given the circumstances.

    And, do not freak out. This happens to a lot of people. What's important is that you are taking care of it now and not ignoring the summons.

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  • Court filed wrong charges?

    In 2008, In Washington state, I was arrested on charges of shoplifting and minor in possession. I kept all my court documentations, including the document stating the final findings. I was given a plea bargain offer that if I confess to M.I.P., th...

    Emily’s Answer

    If you have not already done so order your criminal history from the Washington State Patrol to verify if that information is incorrect. If it is, you can submit corrections/challenges to that criminal history using their form found online.

    http://www.wsp.wa.gov/crime/docs/misc/modification_record_request.pdf

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  • How do I find an attorney specializing in ADA (Title II) and civil rights violations of the disabled by police departments?

    Our case involves false arrest, denial of ADA Title II rights to an interpreter (for the Deaf), absence of Miranda, probable 1st and 4th Amendments violations, jail (also without interpreter services), and more. We are in Washington State and wou...

    Emily’s Answer

    Look for civil rights attorneys in the county he was arrested. If that doesn't work, you can also call the national advocacy for the deaf and ask for assistance locating a suitable attorney.

    http://www.nad.org/issues/about-law-and-advocacy-center

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  • Can a person be charged with malicious mischief for destroying community property?

    The wife called the police to "scare" the husband after he broke a door with his first during a verbal fight; she did not want him arrested, nor did she press charges. The police arrested him, in spite of the wife's protestations, saying that it ...

    Emily’s Answer

    Yes. A person can be charged with malicious mischief for damaging community property. The laws regarding malicious mischief are found in RCW’s 9A.48.070, 9A.48.080, and 9A.48.090 (Malicious mischief in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree). "Property of another" is defined in the statute as “property in which the actor possesses anything less than exclusive ownership.” Since your friend would not have had exclusive ownership over community property he can be charged.

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