Monthly Archives: March 2020

A Palm-Greasing Gone Awry

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Earlier this month – before all of this stay-at-home business – an intoxicated man in Yakima County, Washington, who was involved in a fender bender, allegedly had the ingenious idea of bribing a WSP trooper so he could avoid being arrested for DUI. Note to self (and a word to those who are wise), Washington… Continue Reading »

Covid-19 or no Covid-19 – Can the Police Search Your Vehicle without a Warrant?

Times are tough right now due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but we here at SQ Attorneys are here to answer all of you criminal law questions, in case you get pulled over. One of the more important questions clients have asked us is whether the police can legally search your car if they have probable… Continue Reading »

The Corona and Curfew Laws

Unprecedented times we are currently living in. The corona virus has impacted the world and different countries and states in the United States are imposing curfews. Mandatory curfews are laws that effectively prohibit or limit the right to be out in public at certain times, or in some cases, require businesses to close their doors… Continue Reading »

New Troopers take to the Road

As many Seattle Criminal Defense Attorneys know, on March 13th of this year 42 new Troopers received their commission from the Washington State Patrol and graduated from the 112th Trooper Basic Training Class. The ceremony was different than years past because it was not held at its usual place – the Capitol Rotunda, but instead… Continue Reading »

No Refusal Weekend in the Books

Even with the continuing spread of the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic – and the ever increasing clamp down to keep people out of the public to curb its spread – law enforcement is still doing DUI emphasis patrols in-and-around the state of Washington. Case in point, WSP’s ‘No Refusal Weekend’ on March 13-15 in Clark County.… Continue Reading »

Recording the Police

As much as police would like to fight it, there is no longer any way to contain people recording them in public. Smartphones are everywhere. It may be possible to talk one person out of doing it, but if a crowd forms, there’s no way to stop it. The law still has not caught up… Continue Reading »

KCSC Modifies Jury Duty – For Now

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With the COVID-19 scare in full force and effect, the King County Superior Court has taken the extraordinary measure of altering its jury duty requirements. This week the court announced that it is now temporarily permitting prospective jurors to be excused from jury duty if they have one or more specific health related issues. These… Continue Reading »

Abandoning a Child

Child abandonment occurs when a parent, guardian, or person in charge of a child either deserts a child without any regard for the child’s physical health, safety or welfare and with the intention of wholly abandoning the child, or in some instances, fails to provide necessary care for a child living under their roof. While… Continue Reading »

Let There be Fireworks?

Although still months away, there have already been rumblings about the danger of fireworks and the Fourth of July holiday. Of course, fireworks are a time-honored tradition in the United States … but the dangers may now be outpacing the benefits, in some peoples’ minds. One such place of concern is unincorporated King County, which… Continue Reading »

Statute of Limitations

A statute of limitations is a law that forbids prosecutors from charging someone with a crime that was committed more than a specified number of years ago. The main purpose of these laws is to ensure that convictions are based upon evidence (physical or eyewitness) that has not deteriorated with time. After the time period… Continue Reading »