I was arrested for my 1st DUI ever and my prosecutor is offering a reckless driving reduction. What penalties am I facing when charged with reckless in Washington State?
Always best to seek out a DUI attorney well versed in DUI Defense in the court you are going to be attending, to make sure that you could not do even better than a DUI. Maybe there are weaknesses in the evidence or procedures that make the prosecutor's case worse than you may realize. But yes, reckless driving can reduce the penalties and it is not called a DUI so many people are pleased with this reduction. It can eliminate the day in jail and the license suspensions and ignition interlock requirements, but it is again important to check on your particular history as well as what happens in the department of licensing case to be specific about how the reduction would affect you in particular. But it is a good start! If you have a terrific case, lack of history, a low blow on the BAC and/or good legal defense issues, it may NOT be a good enough deal, only a good lawyer can help you determine that.See question
No accident or speeding involved
If you have no other convictions that would result in being barred from Canada, then a deferred prosecution should not bar you from Canada since it is not a conviction. As Mr. Brodsky mentioned, I have clients with alcohol problems and DUI charges that choose deferred for this very reason. They address their alcohol problem and are not barred from Canada. Still, keep an open mind as border agents have a good amount discretion to do what they please.See question
The mother of my child claims to be scared of me, but keeps in contact with me more than she is legally obligated to. She has been sending me pictures of my daughter and pictures that include herself (the mother ), and her other family members. I ...
If you ask thinking that you believe the restraining order should be rescinded or cancelled, yes, you would want an attorney to assist you in getting the matter before the court. These hearings can get quite sticky so an attorney can help avoid some of the pitfalls. Good luck.See question
I am not looking to retain legal representation as I'm indigent and forced to use the public defender. I use Marijuana for medical reasons that do not fall under the legal definitions of Washington and fear more trouble if denied access as per th...
Here is the deal. If you serve out the maximum sentence, then you are correct, they cannot give you any penalty for violations of probation. You would serve about 9 months of a 12 month maximum term, assuming there are no other charges than DUI. The problem you should be aware of is that you will never have a driver's licesne in WA with out meeting the requirments of evaluation and treatment, if any is recommended. Honestly, though, as a Skagit attorney, it seems like you make be operating under some false information. You should make sure you are getting good advice. You may be worrying FAR more than you need to and your plan is unnecessary. I doubt that you would need to abscond from justice. I bet there is a way to get what you are seeking. First we need to figure out exactly what your goal is and why and then figure out the best way to present it and try to get it for you. Honestly sounds like the way you are trying to do it is the hard way. there is likely a better way.See question
They have no proof that neither I or the other person they are accusing did the crime and on top of this both of our houses were broken into a few days prior, theirs happened several times and they cant prove that they had the items they are claim...
Keep your mouth zippered completely shut and do not discuss ANYTHING with law enforcement. Tell them politely you would like an attorney present before any questioning. If they have enough to arrest you, you will be assigned an attorney to talk to. You can always consult with a private attorney as well. You are on the right track here, just remember to keep your demeanor calm as well as your moth shut!See question
was told to plea guilty to thief charge I didn't want to because I didn't do it. , I never was contacted or returned phone calls before court.
You should contact an attorney as there may be grounds to withdraw your plea but it is important to act quickly. Mount Vernon has indeed had some issues relating to the public defense system so they may be willing to set aside you plea and allow you to take the case to trial. Try contacting the assigned counsel office in Skagit County and/or contact the clerk's office of the court, if you cannot afford an attorney to attempt to withdraw the plea then maybe they can appoint an attorney to make the request for you.See question
I went into field to take family Photo of the Cascade mts in back ground. the bottom gate was wide open an no sign of NO trespassing sign was posted., Own showd up 10 mins later. yelling at me saying what hell we doing. i sayed taking family p...
Yes, you can be charged. You may have a defense to the charge for lack of notice. You have the right to counsel as trespass is a criminal charge. I am familiar with that court and you would be given the chance to present your defense, although an attoney is recommended.See question
this happened in anacortes washington at a park (lake) we got drunk and thats all i remember. I want to know what the possible consequences are and what steps should i take to minimize them?
You don't say what your court is for, so it is aliitle difficult to give speciafic answers but you will definately want to consult with an attorney. I practice right here in Anacortes and my office is in Mount Vernon in your county. I have practiced in Anacortes for 15 years. Do not hesitate to call. We can discuss privately your opions and what we can do to avoid penalties and/or to minimize them. You can discuss the option of getting an evaluation at Dellamas and associates. You should not discuss the case with anyone except an attorney. There is a lot an attorney can do to help. I am in court every in Anacortes and can help present migitgation information we collect to the court.See question
A disabled combat veteran suffering from severe PTSD and major bipolar depression has an argument with his wife, threatens suicide and leaves home in his car. The depression makes him numb, fatigued, tearful, feeling lost, helpless and suicidal. ...
As mentioned, every State can be different so it is important to contact an experienced DUI attorney in the State of arrest. In my experience, sometimes a DUI can be charged because the prosecuting attorney and/or the officer are unaware of the negative urine tests that are done days later at the hospital. their report ends after the arrestee is taken to the hospital. Sometimes law enforcement alleges a refusal to take a blood and/or breath test and they simply charge DUI in light of the admission of drugs and the observation of indicators of perceived intoxication, that are really signs of a medical and/or mental health issue, and they do not investigate further. It is important to contact an attorney familiar not only with implied consent law (breath and blood testing law) to flush out the issues. It sounds like you may have to defend the case but there may well be some good defense issues and certainly some mitigating factors that will serve you well.See question
As a teenager I was charged with possession of under 40 grams of marijuana and as a bargain my charges were reduced to disorderly conduct. Can a background check for a house see what I was originally charged with? Or will they only be able to see ...
Most likely you can get your record sealed and it is recommended that you so. The Washington State Patrol keeps the records that you can easily find on line at their site, to see what is reflected there. (Called WATCH) We are located in Skagit County if your case arose there we are happy to answer any more specific questions you may if you contact our office. You can get this accomplished without an attorney, but it is certainly easier to fill out the documents and get them submitted to the Court with an attorney with experience in this area.See question