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William Allen White

William White’s Answers

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  • How can I get in contact with a attorney to represent me and have felony identity theft charges dropped

    I have no criminal record and a year ago a gal I had known for years offered to help me pay a portion of my dogs monthly meds, the amount she paid was $248 by giving me a discover card with her husbands name whom I also knew on the card the next ...

    William’s Answer

    The answer to your dilemma may be whether the gal you have known for years will tell the truth and testify that she gave you the card and allowed you to use it. If she will not then the State's evidence will dictate the strength of your case. This type of charge tends to haunt you for future jobs, rentals and the like as it is a crime of dishonesty. Hire a good criminal defense attorney to maximize you chances to get the dismissal that you want.

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  • I have four misdemeanor Warrants for assault 4 (DV). What's the worst that can happen and can the warrants change to felony?

    I have four misdemeanor warrants for assault 4 ( Domestic Violence ). I was supposed to serve 30 days in custody for assault on my ex girlfriend but prior to turning myself in I violated a no contact order that I had on with my wife. I was awaiti...

    William’s Answer

    One must agree with the other two attorneys posts above. These things are critical:
    1) Stop violating the NCOs;
    2) Don't accept invitations from those protected by the order to have contact; they do not have the power to negate the order; You see how it is going for you so far.
    3) Hire a good criminal defense attorney;
    4) Get a DV evaluation and begin a program they indicate you should do; the Court will take you more seriously and maybe trust you and thereby reduce the amount of jail;
    5) Hire a good criminal defense attorney.

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  • Can a criminal misdemeanor charge be lowered to an infraction?

    In the event of a criminal misdemeanor charge, is it possible to reduce the charge to an infraction for a first time offender? Probable? Improbable? The charge is defined in state law as a misdemeanor.

    William’s Answer

    The information you provide is not sufficient to make a determination that the criminal charge could be reduced to an infraction. Whether this could happen will depend upon the original criminal charge, the strength of the government's evidence, the prior history of the defendant and several other factors. Some criminal charges lend them selves more readily to reductions to infractions; others less so. Hiring an attorney is the best way to maximize the chances for getting the reduction.

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  • How do I get this charge off my record? Do I need a lawyer?

    I have a possession charge of 40 grams or less of marijuana on my record. I need it expunged.

    William’s Answer

    The answer to your question depends upon when your matter occurred in relation to Initiative 502. A case was decided recently that states the protections of Initiative 502 may apply to your situation. An attorney can investigate and provide an opinion as to whether this applies to you. If not, then the Vacation and Expungement statutes would apply.

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  • I need to file an anti-harassment order against a family member (he hasn't acted violently towards me).

    My house is in Tacoma. Do I file in district court or superior court in Pierce County? How much notice do I have to give the family member I'm trying to restrain?

    William’s Answer

    Anti Harrasment orders are in District Court and Orders of Protection are in Superior Court. City of Tacoma Municipal courts do not have power to issue these orders unless it is related to a criminal charge that is filed. Court staff can provide forms for you but cannnot give legal advise. Teh forms and instructions are fairly understandable. There is a filing fee and you will need someone over 18 years of age and not a party tot he action to serve them on the family member. Be prepared to provide facts which will show a pattern of conduct that is not lawful. You can not get one just because "Uncle Mike" is annoying. The instructions from the court documents will outline the requirements.

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  • Can you report a crime that happened in a different state or county than it happened in?

    I am concerned to report crimes that have happened in my own county due to the fact the perpetrators of the crimes are close friends with people in high places and have already proven they can get away with criminal activities in the past.is there...

    William’s Answer

    From the beginning of government those in power have friends who help them and they help back. If a person fears retribution for reporting criminal activity then the environment is likely already set up to protect them. Whistleblower statutes attempt to protect some. Anonymous reporting of crime is difficult at best. A request to outside agencies will also allow disclosure of the reporting party. The final answer is if it is important enough one must take the risk of retribution. Publicity may help limit the use of power. The ACLU may be of assistance as well. You can file a request with the Attorney General or the F.B.I. for an independent investigation.

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  • I was caught in 4 peoples back yards and I am in trouble for prowling how long can I be sent to jail?

    I took nothing at all i was just walking around and then i left

    William’s Answer

    Unless the properties are posted "No Trespassing" I don't know that you have broken the law. If I walk across someone else's property there will need to be something that would turn it into something illegal. Is someone came out and told me to get off their property and I didn't them I could be charged with trespass. Get a lawyer and fight like hell.

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  • What do I have to do to show that I have a good reason for a restraining order? Is there a court hearing?

    How long does a restraining order last in Washington?

    William’s Answer

    There are restraining orders and Orders of Protection. Essentially you must show illegal behavior that threatens or harasses you. There must be a pattern rather than an isolated incident. There will be a hearing as you must appear before the Court and prove the allegations.

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  • I'm charged with assault 4, I was drunk, the cop says tried to hit him, I didn't. There's no video, should I take the plea deal?

    I have no criminal record.

    William’s Answer

    No. Don' take the deal, unless it is a dismissal, an apology from the cop and $50.00 for your trouble. Fight it. You will not be happy if you plead guilty. What is the risk to fight and ask a jury to determine if the cop is telling the truth.

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  • Is the victim/witness required to appear at a domestic violence trial?

    My boyfriend and I were arguing and I called the police and he spent several days in jail. We have lived together for many years and he moved out and took all of his belongings. He is scheduled to go to court soon and someone told me that if I d...

    William’s Answer

    If a person is properly served with a subpoena they have a legal duty to appear as ordered by the Court. If they fail to appear the Court will determine whether to take action or not. Whether charges are dropped or not depends upon many different factors. If the victim is necessary to prove the charge then most likely the charge will be dismissed if the witness does not appear to testify. If there is independent evidence of the incident then the prosecuting authroity may be able to proceed without the victim. Are ther admissions by the defendant that are admissible against him/her? Unfortunately there is not one true answer to your question.

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