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As has been widely noted over the past few weeks and months, the City of Seattle is looking at ways to promote safer gun storage. This comes amid continued concerns over rampant and – as some perceive – escalating gun violence. In its effort, and pursuant to Seattle Municipal Code Chapter 10.79 and acting under… Continue Reading »

As anyone who drives in Western Washington knows … traffic can be a real bear. It can often involve hours of sitting and lots of stop and go movement. Of course, this is the primary reason we have high-occupancy (HOV) lanes; HOV lanes are meant to provide a faster travel option by encouraging carpooling, vanpooling… Continue Reading »

In criminal law trials hearsay evidence is generally not allowed unless it falls within an exception to the hearsay rule as provided for under Evidence Rule 801. Recently, however, a Washington appeals court considered whether a victim’s statement to a police officer was appropriately admitted into evidence. The case involved a couple living together who… Continue Reading »

Just another friendly reminder from SQ Attorneys – Washington State’s Department of Licensing (“DOL”) is scheduled to update their aged computer system at the end of this month and into the first week of September. This ‘update’ will cause DOL services (on-line and/or in-person) to be delayed or even unavailable. Folks should be aware that… Continue Reading »

In February of this year Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that Seattle intended to vacate convictions for people charged under the city’s misdemeanor marijuana possession ordinance. The State of California recently took a similar step by passing a bill requiring state prosecutors to erase or reduce marijuana convictions. This comes after California’s passage of Proposition 64 in… Continue Reading »

It was recently reported that in the Olympic Peninsula (which covers the western arm of Western Washington, as far north as Neah Bay, as far south as Ocean City and as far east as Port Ludlow) there was a concerning increase in DUI arrests with kids under the age of 16 in the perpetrator’s car.… Continue Reading »

There are reports that President Trump’s administration is planning to make it all but impossible for legal immigrants to become citizens if they have ever relied on public welfare programs, i.e. the Affordable Care Act. This begs the question from a criminal defense perspective – is the same policy far behind for legal immigrants that… Continue Reading »

Once a domestic violence call is made to 911, the police are sent to the location of the incident and upon contact one of the parties, by law, will be arrested. The arrest leads to – at a minimum – a night in jail and the likelihood of criminal charges being filed. So … what… Continue Reading »

In April of this year our Supreme Court ruled that RCW 10.99.050 only authorizes a court of limited jurisdiction (a district or municipal court) to issue a DV no-contact order which lasts for the duration of a defendant’s suspended or deferred sentence. See, Washington v. Granath, Docket Number: 94892-5. The issue arose out of a… Continue Reading »

This past weekend a 50 year old Seattle man was hit by a pickup truck while riding his bicycle along Rainier Avenue South. The man was hit from behind by a red 1980s model GMC or Chevrolet pickup with a wooden structure built on back. The driver of the truck fled the scene of the… Continue Reading »