Yearly Archives: 2020

Tailored Warnings in our Future?

Washington DC could be on to something that Washington (and other states/ cities) may soon emulate – sending serious, and tailored, warning notices to bad drivers on their cell phones. DC is working on a program which identifies drivers with a history of traffic violations – speeding tickets, red-light violations etc. – and alerting them… Continue Reading »

Bellevue’s Swing and Sting

  As in years past, the Bellevue Police Department (the “BPD“) recently elected to ‘swing for the fences‘ and crack down on the ever burgeoning sex industry within its borders. Last week – on December 16th and 17th – the BPD conducted a two-night undercover operation that netted; (1) fourteen men for patronizing a prostitute,… Continue Reading »

SMC’s VirtualPalooza has Arrived

Although Seattle Municipal Court was one of the last courts in Western Washington to go virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has taken the lead in essentially eliminating in-person hearings on all criminal and civil infraction matters moving forward. That is a big shift in how SMC does business in less than a month. Most… Continue Reading »

Trials by Jury Suspended – For Now

On December 4, 2020 amid increasing positive test numbers for Covid-19, Judge Fair, the presiding judge for Snohomish County District Courts, extended the suspension of all jury trials until at least January 8, 2021. This was done via the issuance of Administrative Order 20-14, inclusive of attachments A and B, which can be found here… Continue Reading »

But Will it be Retroactive?

Last April the United States Supreme Court ruled that state court juries must be unanimous to convict a defendant of a serious crime. That sage ruling opened the door for the next logical question: Is the ruling retroactive? In other words, does it apply to those defendants already convicted? If so, thousands of convictions will… Continue Reading »

Halt those Trials!

As the pandemic rages on putting millions at risk, some courts in Washington are taking drastic measures. Case in point, on Friday, the King County Superior Court (“KCSC“) announced that it is halting all in-person jury trials as of today in an effort to limit the spread of coronavirus. This policy isn’t going to be… Continue Reading »

Intervention is the Name of the Game

In Seattle there is a pilot program entitled ‘Domestic Violence Intervention Program’. People ‘in the know’ call it ‘DVIP’. DVIP is a treatment program for defendants that have – or are facing – misdemeanor domestic violence related charges. The program incorporates the following features to help probationers, (1) court monitoring, (2) group and/or individual counseling,… Continue Reading »

Give me a ‘T’ for Terry

Many folks wonder aloud to SQ Attorneys – What in the pray tell is a “Terry stop”? To that end, here is the answer. In short, it is a police-civilian contact that involves the stop and limited detention of an individual. Such contacts are authorized under law for purposes of investigation; they occur when an… Continue Reading »

No Place is Immune

In Washington state work release facilities serve as a bridge between a 24 hour a day jail sentence, and being allowed to have time to work and live in the community while serving court imposed confinement. Incarcerated people in work release programs focus on transition – inclusive of finding and retaining employment, doing treatment, reconnecting… Continue Reading »

What’s in a Definition?

The Seattle City Council recently proposed legislation that would allow for the dismissal of some poverty related misdemeanor crimes. The legislation does so by expanding the definition of duress. If approved, defense attorneys would be allowed to argue that a person’s addiction, mental health disorder or poverty level influenced his criminal act. Offenses covered by… Continue Reading »