A Scary Tale Indeed

The stigma of domestic violence is quite real and quite impactful. It can cause the loss of home, job, family and friends. This is so because the societal knee jerk reaction is to conclude that someone accused of this type of crime is short-tempered, erratic and even possibly out of control. But what if a… Continue Reading »

IID and Drugs?

When a person is convicted of DUI, he is required to only drive vehicles outfitted with an ignition interlock device (which is a device that detects alcohol on a person’s breath and/or in his lungs). This is true even if the DUI didn’t involve alcohol, i.e. marijuana or prescription drugs. Why would you need an… Continue Reading »

Emphasis Patrols are Back

Although the Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone … there are more holiday festivities right around the corner, as we all well know. And in conjunction with the holidays the Washington State Patrol has again increased its DUI patrols. It started this past weekend when the Impaired Driving Section of the Washington State Patrol (WSP)… Continue Reading »

Is The Drugalyzer Imminent?

Soon enough, Washington State may not just have breath testing for alcohol in DUI cases. Washington may eventually have testing for Marijuana too. This is so because there is a new ‘drugalyzer’ called the Dräger DrugTest 5000 that is being made and used in other jurisdictions around the country. Marijuana is now legal in approximately… Continue Reading »

Write it Down!

One of the first things we at SQ Attorneys have our clients do when they meet with us – do what the officer did – write everything about the incident down. This is so because criminal cases are routinely won or lost on details, details, and more details. Any and every detail may be the… Continue Reading »

DUI = a Loss of License

As any seasoned Seattle DUI lawyer will tell you, it should come as no surprise that being cited for DUI in Washington State can impact one’s ability to drive. A Washington DUI can lead to a suspension, and even a revocation, of a person’s driving privilege. This is so even if the case is dismissed… Continue Reading »

Domestic Violence Leave Law

An interesting fact for those charged with domestic violence – in Washington there is a law that allows alleged victims to take leave from work. It is called the Domestic Violence Leave law, RCW 46.76. In short, RCW 46.76 authorizes victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking to take ‘reasonable’ leave from work to… Continue Reading »

Not Quite Out of the Woods

For those facing a DUI in Washington State don’t get too excited or overly expectant when reading about Tiger Woods’ resolution of his Florida DUI case. Friday Tiger Woods is expected to enter a ‘diversion program’ for intoxicated drivers. It is one of several programs across the country aimed at reducing the number of repeat… Continue Reading »

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 »