Yearly Archives: 2015

The I am a Human Brewery Defense!

Is there a new innovative defense available or those charged for driving under the influence? Based on a recent case in upstate New York, the answer may very well be, ‘yes’. The lawyer in the case argued that the defendant’s body is basically a brewery; the lawyer claimed that the defendant’s blood alcohol level has… Continue Reading »

Oldest Profession in the World Explained – Prostitution

We here at SQ Attorneys represent people charged with all sorts of criminal charges. From DUI’s, to assault charges, to sex crimes like prostitution. Sometimes called “the oldest profession” in the world, prostitution can take many forms, from streetwalkers and brothels, to sophisticated call-girl or escort services. Prostitution laws make it a crime to offer,… Continue Reading »

How Do I Wipe This Conviction Off My Record?

So you have been convicted of a criminal charge and this conviction is impacting your livelihood? You wish this conviction can be taken off your record? Do you have any recourse? The answer is ‘yes,’ you may be allowed to expunge the criminal charge. Expungement is a court-ordered processing which the legal record of an… Continue Reading »

A Righteous Fight Against Rent Discrimination

As anyone who has ever been convicted or charged with a crime will tell you, renting an abode can be next to impossible when the prospective landlord sees a ‘black mark’ pop up on a background check; especially if that ‘ignominy’ is for a violent offense. Landlord’s use background checks to screen out prospective tenants… Continue Reading »

Think Again, Jedi

Think that our Washington laws on search and seizure are tougher than our federal laws? Well think again … at least as applied to the searching and seizing of bank, phone and email records. On Thursday the Washington State Supreme Court upheld a little known state law that allows the government to get bank records… Continue Reading »

Bonding Companies Can Help!

Once you have been arrested and put in jail, there is probably just one thing going through your mind, which is to get out as soon as possible. Getting out of jail is accomplished by posting “bail” or being released on your own personal recognizance. Bail is generally cash or a piece of property that… Continue Reading »

A Simple Indiscetion may not be so Simple

Tis the season for shopping; it is the holidays after all. What some may not realize, however, is that a small indiscretion like shoplifting can sometimes have major consequences, not only in the criminal courts but also on a person’s immigration status. Not only is there a potential for losing the ability to remain in… Continue Reading »

When Can I Appeal ?

The right to a trial by jury is the most fundamental constitutional right a criminal defendant is granted. Upon a conviction after a jury trial, a defendant has the right to appeal a finding of guilt. In order for an appellate court to hear an appeal from a lower court the aggrieved party must demonstrate… Continue Reading »

Watch What you Say!

In our personal lives we sometimes make statements to loved ones out of anger, irritation and pure frustration. Relationships are rarely ‘peaches and cream’. Some statements are hurtful and others cut to the bone. Often, however, these comments are made in jest … never intended to do anything more than express the person’s frustration and… Continue Reading »

Probation Explained

So you have just pled guilty and are being sentenced to probation. Has your lawyer advised you on what probation is and what will be required of you? Probation is the suspension of a jail sentence that allows a person convicted of a crime a chance to remain in the community, instead of going to… Continue Reading »