I was involved in a poker game at the Northern Quest Casino in which a disagreement arose on whether a bet was placed or not.
RCW 9A.56.050 (Theft in the third degree) provides:
(1) A person is guilty of theft in the third degree if he or she commits theft of property or services which (a) does not exceed seven hundred fifty dollars in value, or (b) includes ten or more merchandise pallets, or ten or more beverage crates, or a combination of ten or more merchandise pallets and beverage crates.
(2) Theft in the third degree is a gross misdemeanor.
A gross misdemeanor in WA carries maximum penalties of up to 364 days in jail, $5000 in fines, and probation.
Do you need an attorney? Only you can answer that question.
There is no law in WA that would require you to hire an attorney to represent you in court since you are a natural person (as opposed to a business entity).
You can certainly represent yourself in court. The judges will expect you to know the laws and procedures just as an attorney would.
You can review the specific facts with a few attorneys and then decide what to do.
If you are charged with a crime, you should consult with an attorney. Theft 3 is a gross misdemeanor offense punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. If you cannot afford an attorney, you can try applying for a public defender. You should not discuss your case with anyone or on-line besides your lawyer.
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