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For questions specific to law in the State of Washington (WA). (*Not* for questions specific to law in the District of Columbia).

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Can I get in trouble for unknowingly receiving and selling stolen property?

UNITED STATES: WASHINGTON STATE: PIERCE COUNTY: TACOMA CITY My friend gifted me a bunch of useless crap, and I'm trying to sell garbage on offer up now. Can people get in trouble for unknowingly ...
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Firearm transfer between CA and WA

I recently had a grandfather pass away and he left behind a beautiful Colt Trooper MK V .357. He lived in Santa Barbara, California and me and my dad are flying down there tomorrow to get some ...
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Posting copyrighted images on a government complaint

Imagine that I want to file a complaint against a candidate for public office in Washington State who I believe has violated campaign laws. If I file a complaint with the Public Disclosure Commission, ...
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If a lease provision says that a tenant has to accept revisions, how extensive can the revisions be?

This is in the state of Washington. The lease states that after the expiration, the lease will automatically renew for successive terms of one month each the resident agrees to execute all revised ...
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Is a Washington State tile contractor responsible for failed work installed incorrectly after 2 years?

We had our main floor and 4 showers tiled by a contractor who was recommended by the tile supplier. Within two years of the tile completion, the shower tile loosed and lifted and water leaked under ...
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Can I carry a Miniature knife at school?

I have a small necklace knife where the blade is less than 1 inch or 2 1/2 cm I live in Washington and go to high school would it be legal to carry such a small knife in a pocket in my backpack? it is ...
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In Washington state must a doctor report things that happened in the past?

Are Washington state's mandated reporting requirements triggered if a doctor discovers that their adult patient had been abused in the past? What if there are no longer any 'protected populations' at ...
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Job interview according to the laws of Washington State, USA

According to the laws of Washington State, USA; 1) Is it legal for a person to be asked their preferred pronouns during an candidate job interview? 2) Is it legal for a company to ask anything that ...
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Using an Apartment's Recycling Bin

An individual drives into an apartment complex, of which they do not reside, and adds an item to the recycling bin. This occurance is hypothetically during COVID-19, during Washington's "Stay Home, ...
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Criminal transmission of COVID-19? Knowingly exposing vulnerable individuals

This is a related question. The difference here is that the other question is asking about criminal negligence; someone doing something without considering the harm it may cause. My question is about ...
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Removeing critical parts considered safe storage of a gun? “RCW 9.41.360: Unsafe storage of a firearm.”

I wish to store my AR-15 with the BCG (bolt carrier group) removed, rather than use a lock. I prefer this because it's easy to do, easy to undo, and more aesthetically pleasing than the cable lock I ...
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Can my gym charge me monthly dues even though it shut down due to the coronavirus epidemic?

My local gym shut its doors on March 16th due to a government decree requiring all non essential services to be closed until further notice. Today (March 18th) I was surprised to find out that the gym ...
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Quitclaim reversal in Washington state. Statue of limitations? Options? Legal recourse?

My question involves real estate located in the State of: Washington My home, has been hostilely taken over. It appears after my home was legally purchased and transferred into my name, that a ...
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Who owns security camera video of locations open to the public?

I once lost my wallet. I had a hunch that it might have fallen out of my pocket when I was pumping gas. I went back to the pumps and asked if I could see the security video around the time I was there,...
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Does one have legal right to access possessions “land locked” in a co-tenant's room?

Alice has possessions in a storage closet that requires traversing roommate Bob's bedroom to access. There was a preexisting oral agreement granting Alice reasonable easement. Bob eventually decides ...
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How do you pass a DUI test if you're just clumsy?

I never drink or do drugs, but I have tried the "heel-to-toe straight line" test and the "raise your foot for 30 seconds" test, and I find both of them to be difficult or impossible. I have seen ...
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Isn't it illegal to block wheelchair access to sidewalks with your vehicle?

I live in Federal Way, Washington State. Many of my neighbors continually park their vehicles, blocking wheelchair access to our sidewalks. I can't find the RCW for it, but I am positive that it is ...
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Is shipping an 80% lower to someone in Washington Illegal

I was apart of a conversation where one person who lives in the state of Washington wanted someone who lives in Texas to buy a glock 80% lower for them and ship it to them in Texas. To me, this sounds ...
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Can a Condominium Association Incorporate Without All Owners?

If after purchasing a property in a Condominium Association, and it is discovered that the corporation was administratively "dissolved" years ago, can that association refile Articles of Incorporation ...
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Can an employer be forced to allow an employee to bring a gun to work?

Imagine a person who feels compelled to buy a handgun and get a carry permit (permission to carry a handgun on their person) after receiving death threats. He wants to carry it on him to and from work,...
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traffic stop, do you have to give id if no crime was commited?

If you are involved in a traffic stop where the officer can not provide you with a crime you have committed or a ordinance you have broken is the officer allowed (legally) to ask/demand your id? ...
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Can apartment switch to month-to-month and refuse Lease without consent?

I'm in dire straights atm regarding my apartment. I reside in Washington State, and for two years now I've been leased to an apartment. We renewed the first year without issue. However, during the ...
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Are standard apartment leases' hold harmless clauses legally enforceable?

I happened to be looking through a new apartment lease and saw the following clause: HOLD HARMLESS FOR GUESTS. To the fullest extend permitted by law, Residents agree to defend, protect, indemnify, ...
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Is There a Default Position on Beverage Refills?

This question was inspired by a 2014 case in South Carolina, where a man named Christopher Lewis was given a $525 ticket (later reduced to a warning) for refilling a drink at a VA Medical Center. In ...
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Is there a standard end of lease time in Washington?

I live in Seattle, and my lease is up soon, however it doesn't specify what time of day we have to be out of the unit, as my previous leases have. I reviewed the RCW and local law, but could find no ...
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Do drivers have a right to remain in their vehicle? [duplicate]

If stopped by a police officer, do drivers have a right to remain in their vehicle? I’m unable to find any specific RCW regulation for Washington state. I feel that a person, not the subject of ...
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How to handle Traffic Court ignoring basic rights

I requested a trial by jury in WA state for a traffic ticket (I know not a standard or suggested move as I understand, but I figured if I was going to court, I might as well have the satisfaction of ...
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Is it legal for a car dealership to change the lender on your loan without notifying you and/or resigning?

Context: I live in Seattle and bought a car earlier last month, when we found the car we wanted and negotiated a price we got our loan financed through a particular lender. Fast forward a couple weeks ...
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Are warning labels required by law in Washington State

I'm relatively new to Stack Exchange but I figured that for the sake of my question this is the most relevant website to ask on since I am researching the health risks of energy drinks. I have ...
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Can a realtor take marketing photos of the interior of a rental for selling the property?

Can a property manager allow a realtor to come into your place to take photos of the interior - including your furniture and personal items - to publish these online to sell the property?
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Can a landlord charge an addendum fee to add/drop a name on an existing lease

Can a landlord charge an addendum fee of $250 to add/drop a name on an existing lease in Washington State, USA?
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My apartment complex's hot tub has been broken for multiple months now. I wouldn't have lived here if not for the hot tub

Over the summer (about 4-5 months ago), the hot tub in my apartment complex broke. I contacted the complex owners, and they said it would take a couple of weeks to fix. I've contacted them multiple ...
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What are the taxes I need to pay for revenues from an online tutoring business based in Washington State?

I initially plan to conduct business without any incorporation. That is, I plan to report my business revenues as personal income on the 1040 and file a Schedule C-EZ (or Schedule C, depending on how ...
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What organs can hospital patients not take home?

What amputated or removed organs, not limited to limbs, are hospital patients NOT allowed to take home in the U.S.? If the laws vary between states, then I'll focus on Washington State. Can amputees ...
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Do speed-limit signs on portable speed displays have legal force?

As a traffic-calming measure, the local police department will place portable "your speed is" radar units in various places. These have a display showing your current speed and, below it, an ...
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Attention and Effort Clause (State of Washington, USA)

I need some clarification on this Attention and Effort clause in a non-compete document presented to me (as part of an employment offer). ATTENTION AND EFFORT. During employment, Employee will ...
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How do I get a regulation changed in my state?

I am looking to request a change in Washington States cryptocurrency regulations. Where would I start and at what point if any does a petition become important?
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Trying to negotiate rental contract

I live in Washington state and am trying to negotiate some terms in the rental agreement (Specifics below). The corporation representative replied due to fair housing laws they are unable to modify ...
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Excessive late fees

At the beginning of August, I mistyped my rent payment, and left 30$ unpaid. Today I discovered that my leasing office has charged me a 50$ initial late fee, and 10$ daily late fees, now totaling over ...
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Defamation via people finder websites

There are a number of websites that allow you to search for information about people, generally based on typing in their name and state of residence. If they put the wrong information about a person ...
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Legality of online publishing of public records containing home addresses of large #'s of people?

Suppose that: (1) a person living in Washington state receives a large number of documents from a public records request, each containing names and mailing addresses (for hundreds of thousands of ...
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Traffic Violation Question

If a police officer stops someone for a traffic violation and they don't have a driver's license and no identification at all, what is the charge?
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Can a US employer hire someone as a salaried worker, require them to work long hours, and then fire?

I have a friend who began a job at a large firm as an auditor at the end of 2017. The nature of this work is that there are two seasons: a busy season (Q1 and part of Q2 of any given year) and a slow ...
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Can I Sue my Brother?

My brother took my mother and stepfathers ashes to his house in Eastern Wa., and gave me none to have for my own keepsakes. I wanted to make a necklace from them. That was in 1997, and I've got much ...
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Can someone collect on an oral agreement that included an invalid tenancy

If someone were to offer up their lease in a living space that they were signed to without properly subleasing it through property management, are they legally allowed to collect rent in the state of ...
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In Washington: Is it legal to sell alcohol to someone without an ID who looks 90 years old, after asking to see their ID?

At the store I used to work at, if you ask for ID, the customer NEEDS to provide it. They could have grey hair, a cane, and even be verified as 21+ by someone else, and it still wouldn't matter. We ...
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Can residential/custodial parent change our kids health insurance unilaterally?

We have a parenting plan that designates all health decisions as "jointly made." The other parent previously had our child on their employer insurance plan. They just changed jobs and hence insurance ...
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Is it legal to record video in my own dorm room?

I live on a campus in Washington State (at a public/state-funded school) and am interested in recording video (no audio) 24/7 in my dorm room without explicitly informing people who come in. I'm not ...
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Does an insurance agent have a “Duty of Care”?

An insurance agent recommended a property insurance policy to a client in Washington State that later turned out to be grossly inadequate (coverage limits too small), and significantly outside of ...