Monthly Archives: July 2019

The Munchies Downfall

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It should go without saying that getting the ‘munchies’ after a night out drinking should only result in the raid of your frig, not a raid on a fast food restaurant. But one Oregon woman found that out the hard way when she cruised through a Taco Bell drive-thru and poured Hennessy cognac into the… Continue Reading »

Filing Decisions by Prosecutors

Under the criminal justice system, prosecutors have been given the authority to decide whether or not to charge a particular defendant and which charges to file. This rather broad power is called “prosecutorial discretion.” Under this power, prosecutors also have the authority to enter into plea bargains with a defendant, which can result in the… Continue Reading »

So You’re Saying There’s a Chance …

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One of the biggest consequences of a DUI conviction – beyond jail time, fines, loss of privilege to drive, probation, high risk insurance and having to drive a vehicle with an ignition interlock device – is the fact that it can NEVER be removed from your record. It is there – for life; yes, a… Continue Reading »

Federal Rules of Evidence Explained

The law of criminal evidence governs how parties, judges, and juries offer and evaluate the various forms of proof at trial. In some ways, evidence is an extension of civil and criminal procedure. Generally, evidence law establishes a group of limitations that courts enforce against attorneys in an attempt to control the various events that… Continue Reading »

Government Snowed by Mobile

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In Washington, a person commits theft of a motor vehicle by stealing a vehicle regardless of the value of the vehicle. Theft of a motor vehicle is a class B felony and is punishable by a maximum of 10 years in jail and a $20,000 fine. So, that begs the question, what is a motor… Continue Reading »

Stop and Frisk Laws

You are minding your business on a street corner, when suddenly a police officer comes forward and asks you something. When you hesitate in responding, he aggressively pushes you against a fence and does a pat-down search of your outer clothing to check for weapons, discovering a vial of cocaine instead. Was the police officer… Continue Reading »

Can I Reverse a Criminal Conviction?

If you have been convicted of a crime and believe the guilty verdict or your plea was in error, you will want to pursue the reversal of that conviction. Reversing a conviction generally happens through appeals or at times, writs. Here we will discuss the basics of reversing a conviction, but it is important to… Continue Reading »

Don’t Jump!

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As the boating season gets into full swing, and with Seafair weekend right around the corner, we at SQ Attorneys just wanted to post a slice of perhaps what NOT to do should an officer contact you on our friendly waters. Without further ado, here it comes. While boating on Shasta Lake in California, an… Continue Reading »

Comfort in the Cuff

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Earlier this year the Seattle Police Department (“SPD”) began phasing out its old uncomfortable handcuffs with ones that were … well … simply put, more comfortable. They are more comfortable because they are more egronomical. As of the end of January, every Seattle patrol officer/ ‘beat cop’ has been provided the new model of handcuffs;… Continue Reading »

Scram Alcohol Monitoring

Many jurisdictions have started using SCRAM bracelets to monitor alcohol use following certain DUI convictions. SCRAM is short for Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring. SCRAM bracelets attach to a person’s ankle and look for the presence of alcohol in sweat. SCRAM bracelet programs are a form of continuous alcohol monitoring with the benefit of not… Continue Reading »