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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »