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I saw in the paper that there was a Washington Child Sex sting in Bellvue area and that 61 cases were dismissed for some reason. Can you tell me why they were dismissed?

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I read about it in the paper so I cannot answer your question.

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The same thing happened in Kitsap County in October and my son was caught up in it and we want to know what the legal aspect was for the cases being dismissed.

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Criminal Lawyer: Zoey_ JD, JustAnswer Criminal Law Mentor replied 7 months ago

The answer is that Washington State is a two-party consent state when it comes to audio recording. Without a warrant, the police cannot just record conversations without consent. They did so, however, in more than half the cases they arrested in this sex sting. So with the evidence of the crime obtained by illegal means, the state was not allowed to go forward with the case.

You can read more about that here.

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Also, can you tell me why I just got charged $42.00 and some other charge for this question when the first time is supposed to be free?
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