SPD – DV

The Seattle Police, as opposed to some other law enforcement agencies, have taken an extra step in combating domestic violence. They have literally dedicated an entire unit to it stomping out domestic violence – the SPD Domestic Violence Unit. The Domestic Violence Unit investigates felony and/or misdemeanor crimes involving family household members and people in… Continue Reading »

Field Tests and Marijuana DUI’s

Now that Marijuana DUI’s are a bit more prevalent in Washington these days, a thought for defense attorneys to ponder is the value of field sobriety tests on their non-alcohol related DUI’s. Although not binding, a recent Supreme Court case in Massachusetts has shed some light on how courts are viewing FST’s in marijuana cases.… Continue Reading »

DV and NCO – Often Hand and Hand

It is virtually a guarantee that when someone is charged with a domestic violence related crime a no contact order will be put in place. The order prohibits the restricted party from having contact with the protected party. It is important to understand that any violation of a no contact order is a gross misdemeanor… Continue Reading »

Check Point Reality or Fantasy

Are DUI Check Points becoming closer to reality in Washington State? Well, last month an impromptu discussion on the topic arose during a presentation to the Washington State Transportation Commission on traffic fatalities. The issue was raised because one of the Commission’s members had just experienced a checkpoint while visiting Hawaii, and asked if Washington… Continue Reading »

Consequences of a DV Conviction

A domestic violence conviction in the State of Washington can, and often does, result in a myriad of onerous penalties. Convictions for domestic violence often carry more sanctions than convictions for other types of crimes. Like other types of criminal convictions, domestic violence related convictions have the typical sanctions of jail, fines and probation, but… Continue Reading »

Wheels of Justice -Vroom, Vroom

In Washington State folks cited for DUI often are not charged and don’t have to go to court for days, weeks or even months after the incident. Many people get confused about the ‘why’ of it all, and in turn get very stressed out. So to remove the mystery, SQ Attorneys will do our best to… Continue Reading »

Truth [Un]conveyed

In criminal trials, witnesses (including victims and defendants) often provide testimony to the court that the judge and jury consider. When witnesses testify, they do so under oath. They also do so under the risk of facing criminal charges if they lie to the court (known as ‘perjury’). What if a witness is a known… Continue Reading »

Washington DUI Consequences

An often asked question of SQ attorneys is: ‘What are the main consequences a person faces when convicted for DUI’? Many folks are surprised to find out that a DUI is a crime (not an infraction) in Washington State. Because it is a crime (a gross misdemeanor), any person convicted of DUI faces ‘actual’ jail… Continue Reading »

Continuing Basis for Increased Emphasis

As noted again and again in our blog posts, legislatures, law enforcement prosecutors and the judiciary are bullish on DUI crackdowns. Year after year our laws and their enforcement are aggressively imposed. It is clear that the continuing national problem of traffic fatalities due to DUI’s emboldens the government to continue their efforts to stem… Continue Reading »

Just Downright Cold

On Wednesday, January 30, 2018, Federal immigration authorities formalized – in writing – a policy to have deportation agents go to local courthouses and make arrests of illegal immigrants. This is in direct conflict with the previously expressed judiciary view that such a practice would instill fear among crime victims, witnesses and relatives. ICE claims… Continue Reading »


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