My question involves criminal law for the state of: Washington
I'm wondering if I can ask for legal advise on a matter affecting my living situation as well as that of 7 others in a house. Kinda torn right now and I think it would be a great benefit to know the legal implications before I talk to the landlord tomorrow afternoon.
There was recently a dispute between two tenants in our house, a guy and a girl. They didn't end up getting along, and they got into an argument which ended in the guy kicking her door and damaging it (but not opening it). She wants him out of the house but the rest of us want him to stay. She is threatening legal action. He wants to become a Navy Seal - which means he CAN NOT be charged with any type of serious legal action. The landlord tried to tell her to just leave herself because that would make the most sense - but she wants to stay. We are uncomfortable living with her now and also want to leave with the guy. She doesn't want the other six of us to leave, because she would have to find new people, and told us if we leave she will file legal action against the guy. So in a way we feel like we are being blackmailed to stay with her. We really want to stay in the house and just want her gone.The landlord wants her gone too because he would rather loose one tenant than seven.
Also, she is leaving for Spain in 2 weeks, and I don't think she really feels she is in danger - she just doesn't get along with us. If she really was in danger - my thinking is she could just move out. This situation is even more strange because none of us have signed the lease yet - which is why I don't get why she doesn't just leave. My question for you is could she win this legal action? If so, how long would it take her? Would she even win anything? This happened at a party that she hosted & she has a keg purchased in her name & served drinks to minors so I don't think anyone would really win if she wanted to do this. I just want to figure out a way to be sure that she won't do this by telling her what this would involve - any hopefully she will realize that noone wins and just leave? But I need help! How can we get her to leave without worrying about my friends future career?
Sorry this is long, but I would really appreciate any advise - I am at a loss here about what to do.