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 »

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 »