My friend was pulled over several blocks from the store and apprehended for shoplifting i know rcw states that a police officer may intervene within the immediate vicinity
You may be confusing limitations on store employees detaining shoplifting suspects. However, RCW 10.31.100 regulates when a police officer may make an arrest for a misdemeanor not committed in his or her presence. Subsection (1) of that statute authorizes arrest involving "the unlawful taking of property." So while there are still many questions to be answered whether there was reasonable suspicion to stop the vehicle or probable cause to arrest the person, I don't believe distance itself is a problem. In any event, you friend needs a an experienced criminal defense attorney to challenge the stop, arrest and evidence.See question
I have a pre trial hearing in two weeks. The court believes I make too much to get a PD, but I cannot afford to hire. What typically happens at these hearings? This is for a misdemeanor 3 thief from 09. I pled not guilty. Is there something I can...
Representing yourself is almost never a good idea unless you just want to plead guilty and take the hit. Which it does not sound like something you want to do. A theft conviction can make it difficult to find work or rent an apartment. And if the case is from 2009, it may be difficult for the prosecutor to prove a case that old.. Get an attorney.See question
Accused of a dui with my medication. Refuused sobriety tests due to it snowing raining and icy out and told him I take medication based on that he requested blood. It's been since 2/4 and we still only have a 12 sentence PBT report where he even ...
It can take a while to get the blood results back and even if they show only prescription medications you can still be convicted of a DUI. Its not clear from your question whether you have a lawyer representing you, but if not you need one.See question
about 2 years AGO i was stopped by state patrol for a headlight out at that time my license was suspended and the officer apparently smelled marijuana and i was then given a field sobriety test which she claims i failed i willingly gave a blood dr...
The "Constitutionalist" interpretation doesn't fly for too many reasons to review here. Suffice it to say you will lose on those motions and the case will proceed whether you agree with it or not. Get a lawyer.See question
I got into an argument with someone and grabbed them
In addition to what Mr. Nahajski wrote, if your chare involves a domestic partner, former dating relationship or roommate, it could have a Domestic Violence Designation which could result in the loss off your right to possess a firearm, a DV No contact order and difficulty traveling to Canada. You NEED an attorney right away.See question
I had helped a friend move and she wanted to pay me by buying me dinner and a drink. When I got to the restaurant she had already ordered the drinks and some food. She got angry about something and stormed out the restaurant. Every one saw this ha...
Its unclear from your question whether the restaurant filed in small claims court or simply called the police leading to a criminal charge in the Bellingham Municipal Court. If its the former then you might be OK representing yourself. But if its a criminal charge you should at the very least get a court appointed counsel. If you don't qualify or wish to hire your own attorney, then a criminal defense attorney can fight the charge and may be able to negotiate a dismissal.See question
If they cant prove that the girls that stole the car were in it than is what they find in the car considered mine
If you are the registered owner of the vehicle that could be proof of "constructive possession" meaning dominion and control even though not in actual possession. But that might be difficult if the vehicle was not under your "dominion and control" for a period of time. Moreover, possess ion of drug paraphernalia require proof of actual use which will be even more difficult to prove.See question
I woke up at 8 a.m. went under a house climbed a ladder looked at the roof inspected the interior of an impending purchase shook hands with the realtor took a shower drove to the title company had meeting w/ loan offlcer drive back to realtors off...
I'm a bit confused about when this happened. Was it really 9 years ago on 12/2/2007? If so, what stance is the case in right now. With more information I might be able to provide some guidance.See question
My 21yo son is charged with Residential Burglary in WA. First offence of any kind. He broke into an apt where he is still on the lease but voluntarily moved out due to disputes with roommate. He has a long documented history of mental health issue...
Its always difficult to predict what can happen without a lot more information. But if your son's mental health issues may rise to the level of diminished capacity. There is also the possibility of mental health court although I don't know if there is an active MH court in Whatcom County right now. But all of these avenues may be worth taking a look at.See question
I've heard there are programs to reduce a misdemeanor to an infraction, but can't seem to find any information.
Assuming your son is over the age of 16 and the case was charged in the Bellingham Municipal Court your son may be eligible for the so-called "in-house diversion" program which involves dismissal of the charge in exchange for successful completion of 16 hours of Community service,a $300 fee, ADIS/ADCAS and 90 days of good behavior . Availability of that program is dependent on no prior similar convictions and no aggravating circumstance.See question