A Shot Over the Bow or Something More?

Mega media outlets are at it yet again, wading into the sea of aggressively highlighting DUI’s and other types of criminal activity, albeit in a somewhat roundabout way. This past Monday an MSNBC panel slammed the National Football League for allowing players to continue playing after committing crimes, yet remain unified in their alleged outright banning of Colin Kaepernick (from their… Continue Reading »

Oh Canada – May I Come In?

Although we at SQ Attorneys don’t work on or near the Canadian border, a common question we get is whether a pending DUI can impact a person’s right to travel to Canada. It is of course well known in the DUI defense community that a DUI ‘conviction’ will absolutely impact a person’s right to travel… Continue Reading »

Miranda Back in the News

Throughout our criminal justice system it is well known that we all have the right to remain silent when confronted by law enforcement. In fact, officers have to tell us as much by way of the ‘Miranda Warning’. In 1966 the United States Supreme Court held in Miranda v. Arizona that the admission of an… Continue Reading »

No Freebies, Judge or Not

Not really a ‘truth is stranger than fiction‘ moment per se, but last week a Snohomish County superior court judge plead guilty to drunken driving. The incident that gave rise to the charge occurred on August 26, 2017, and involved the judge’s car spinning out, striking a concrete barrier and coming to rest facing oncoming… Continue Reading »

The ‘Bad Apple’ Affect

When talking with potential domestic violence defendants, they and their families often wonder why the government is so unreasonable to deal with during negotiations. Often the alleged victim is not ‘on board’ with the prosecution and just wants the prosecution to ‘drop the case’. They cannot understand why the prosecutor continues to vigorously pursue the… Continue Reading »

When is Self Defense OK?

When is it ok to assault another person? That may seem like an easy question to answer – never, right? Well not so fast there Henry. In the State of Washington, it just may be ok to hurt or even kill someone if you are legitimately defending yourself, someone else, or perhaps even your property.… Continue Reading »

Deferred Prosecution is not the Easy Out

Many folks often wonder when they – or a loved one – are facing a first time DUI if there is a ‘get out of jail free/ one bite at the apple’ scenario available in Washington State. Unfortunately, the answer is a big fat ‘no’. The only thing that comes even close to such an option is… Continue Reading »

Thwart the DV Impact

As all criminal defense attorneys know, domestic violence charges can impact anyone, regardless of whether you are male or female. Washington law defines domestic violence as any type of abuse, threat or violent behavior that occurs against a person by someone with which they share an intimate relationship. Domestic Violence charges can be either misdemeanors… Continue Reading »

Change is in the Air

Earlier this year the Washington State legislature made extensive changes to our Washington DUI statutes. The bulk of our impaired driving related statutes were changed via House Bill (HB) 1614, a bill introduced by Representative Roger Goodman, Chair of the House Public Safety Committee, and most changes, became effective on July 23, 2017. In broad… Continue Reading »

Landlords Beware

It is now official within the city limits of Seattle, landlords will soon be barred from excluding people with criminal records from renting their property; they will be barred from asking about criminal records on rental applications and screening potential tenants based on their criminal history. This is so because on Monday the Seattle City… Continue Reading »