Monthly Archives: May 2016

Mandatory Arrest, it is the Law

What has become clear over the many years we have practiced criminal law at SQ Attorneys is that most Washington residents do not know that when police respond to a domestic violence situation they are required – under our laws – to arrest someone if they arrive on scene within 4 hours of the “911”… Continue Reading »

Belt Yourself In; Avoid a Citation

Recently high school seniors throughout Washington State helped launch a statewide seat belt campaign. The title of this grass roots campaign? “Buckle Up! Your Family is Waiting for You!” A senior at Asotin High School in Eastern Washington, Stanzi Hay, decided to lead the way by tackling the issue through the development of a yearlong… Continue Reading »

Warrantless Blood Draw Invalid

Earlier this year the Washington State Court of Appeals addressed the issue of whether a warrantless blood test violated the rights of a defendant charged with a Marijuana (non-alcohol) related DUI. In City of Seattle v. Pearson (Wash. Ct. App. Feb. 29, 2016), a pedestrian was struck by the defendant’s car. The defendant suffered from… Continue Reading »

Tax to Stem Sno-County Crimes

Is there a new criminal justice tax on the way in Snohomish County? That is what officials of the county are considering in response to what they perceive as a growing drug problem and – by association – a spike in local property crimes. If the tax is implemented it will take effect on January 1, 2017.… Continue Reading »

Make Hay with this Bail

When a suspect has been charged with a crime, prosecutors often ask the court to impose bail. What is bail you ask? In simple terms, bail is the collateral pledged to the court so as to persuade the presiding judge to release the person from custody while his case is pending – otherwise, he is… Continue Reading »