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 »

Change in the Air?

Washington lawmakers continue their push to change our driving while license suspended laws. Legislators, civil-rights groups and others say Driving While License Suspended 3rd Degree (DWLS 3) disproportionately burdens the poor and communities of color. Sadly, DWLS 3 is the state’s most commonly charged crime, according to a 2017 report by the American Civil Liberties… Continue Reading »

Lowering of the .08 Threshold Imminent?

Recently the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration commissioned a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked the Academies to determine which strategies for reducing impaired driving have proven to be effective. The report (a whopping 489 pages and written by a panel) made several recommendations,… Continue Reading »

Rules to be Followed

Many folks facing criminal charges are often confused by the court process and why ‘everything’ cannot be brought up in a criminal trial. Unfortunately (or fortunately – depending on which side of the case you sit), it is not as simple as throwing the proverbial bowl of noodles at the wall and see what sticks.… Continue Reading »

What Once was – Is No Longer

Oh how times have changed in the realm of Washington DUI law. Not so many years ago a driver charged with a DUI, and fortunate enough to get an amended charge like Reckless Driving or Negligent Driving, was often spared actual jail time and instead was permitted to ‘do their time’ via community service hours.… Continue Reading »

Probation UA’s – Supremes Weigh In

Earlier this year the Washington State Supreme Court considered whether Article I, section 7 of the Washington Constitution prohibits a requirement of random urinalysis (known in the court system as “UA”) of individuals on probation for a gross misdemeanor DUI offense. The defendant in the case plead guilty to DUI. The trial court imposed a… Continue Reading »

Defending Thyself May Equal Reimbursement

Defending one’s self is a right unto everyone. If you, a loved one or your property is attacked, well … you have a right to defend, within reason of course. In Washington State, the law of “self defense” is very specific and, if established by a preponderance of the evidence at trial, not only exonerates… Continue Reading »

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 »