Monthly Archives: April 2011

Passed into Law

Wage Theft will soon be processed as a crime within the city limits Seattle. Wage theft is the intentional failure to pay an employee for work performed; on Monday, April 25, 2011, the Seattle City Council unanimously voted to make it a gross misdemeanor to knowingly withhold wages from someone who should be paid for… Continue Reading »

The Many forms of Theft

Theft can take many forms. It does not need to necessarily be in the form of “retail theft” or “residential theft”. It can also occur while acting in a position of employment. Case in point, an investigator for the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office resigned April 15, 2011, after he was accused of stealing drugs… Continue Reading »

Security Measures Taken by Dispensary’s

With medical marijuana dispensaries spreading throughout Western Washington – and the fate of a bill to regulate them in doubt – more and more of the pot outlets are being targeted by thieves. Many of these thieves are being arrested and investigated, and a few have been represented by the Seattle Criminal Lawyers of SQ… Continue Reading »

Anyone can be Arrested for DUI

As Washington DUI attorneys all know, anyone can be arrested for driving under the influence – even law enforcement officers. Case in point, a Seattle Police patrol sergeant was arrested earlier this month while off duty. The patrol sergeant – Scott Moss – told the arresting state patrol trooper that he hadn’t consumed alcohol for… Continue Reading »

Hailey’s Law passed by the House and Senate, Governor Next

The Washington State Legislature has just passed Senate Bill 5000. Both the Senate and the House passed the bill unanimously; it was forwarded to Governor Christine Gregoire for signing on Wednesday. Under the measure, if the driver of a vehicle is the vehicle’s registered owner, the car cannot be picked up for 12 hours. If there are… Continue Reading »

Regulation of Medical Marijuana Being Vetoed

Seattle Criminal Lawyers along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington has been urging state senators to ignore Gov. Chris Gregoire’s threat to veto a bill that would set up a regulated medical marijuana dispensary system. The House and Senate have passed legislation to license dispensaries making it easier for Seattle Criminal Attorneys to… Continue Reading »

SSB 5168 Signed into Law by Governor Gregoire

Seattle criminal attorneys and Bellevue criminal attorneys alike were encouraged this past week when Governor Christine Gregoire signed into law SSB 5168. Currently many gross misdemeanor crimes for which a person is sentenced to more than 364 days in jail result in automatic deportation for non-citizen residents as “aggravated felons”, regardless of whether the jail… Continue Reading »

Lots of Charges, both now and then

A Skyway man – Mr. Dante Piggee – was recently charged with drunken driving, hit-and-run, reckless endangerment and driving with a suspended license in connection with an automobile accident that occurred last Wednesday in South Seattle. Mr. Piggee allegedly crashed his car while driving with his two small children; Mr. Piggee’s BMW sedan flipped after… Continue Reading »

Bar Pays Up After DUI Crash

A Pierce County mother has won a recent battle against a pair of bars that allegedly served a drunk driver who killed her teenage daughter. After several years of legal fighting, her family has reached an out-of-court settlement that should come as a wake-up call to other places that serve booze. The Seattle DUI Lawyers… Continue Reading »

Twelve DUI's and Counting

Last weekend, while free on $75,000 bond pending an appeal for his 12th DUI conviction, a man (Dwight David Benson) crashed into the rear-end of another vehicle while apparently under the influence of alcohol. Mr. Benson could not recite the alphabet, and could not touch his fingers to his nose. Mr. Benson was arrested for: (1)… Continue Reading »