Yearly Archives: 2016

DUI Mandatory Penalties

Washington DUI sentencing courts are required to impose certain conditions when a person is convicted of a DUI. Some conditions are affirmative (i.e., pay fines, complete an alcohol evaluation, participate in alcohol treatment, and attend DUI victims panel), and others are prohibitive (i.e., don’t commit law violations, don’t consume alcohol, don’t drive without an ignition interlock).… Continue Reading »

Nonpartisan or Partisan?

Did you know that the King County prosecutor has been a Republican since 1948? That is a bit mind-boggling considering that King County is otherwise dominated by Democrats, not Republicans. Heck, Barack Obama won 69 percent of the King County vote in 2012. This ‘fact’ leads to an interesting question – should the King County… Continue Reading »

PC v. BYRD; What Gives?

The arrest of WSU football player Shalom Luani and its aftermath is an excellent example of the difference between the concepts of ‘probable cause’ and ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’. Mr. Luani was arrested for assault after being involved in an incident at a pizza joint in Pullman, Washington. WSU coach Mike Leach has always maintained… Continue Reading »

A Little Checks-and-Balances Does the Body Good

It is said that a recent proposed King County budget cut would slash $22 million in spending; most of which would hit the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the King County Sheriff’s Office the hardest. Under the proposed budget, the Prosecutor’s Office faces $2 million in cuts while the Sheriff’s Office would lose about… Continue Reading »

A Companion Detention

Word to the wise – if you are hanging with someone and they are stopped and investigated for a crime, you too can briefly be detained if law enforcement thinks it is necessary to ensure the safety of others while they secure the scene. This is so because recently our state Supreme Court said it was so.… Continue Reading »

Get that Assessment

One thing that is universally required if you are charged and convicted of a DUI (or a reduced charge like Reckless Driving or Negligent Driving) in Washington is an alcohol/ drug assessment conducted by a state-certified alcohol and drug treatment agency. Generally on a first offense related DUI the assessment will likely result in an… Continue Reading »

SR-22 Questions Answered

The attorneys at SQ Attorneys are frequently asked, ‘how will a Seattle DUI charge affect vehicle insurance?’. Well that is a very good question and one that deserves a thoughtful answer. So here it goes … three years of SR-22 is an absolute requirement that the Department of Licensing (DOL) imposes upon Washington State drivers… Continue Reading »

The $60 Million Problem – Deal with It

As Seattle criminal defense attorneys we often make public disclosure requests on behalf of our clients. We request records related to things such as officer conduct, personnel files, incident reports, videos, audios and even email content. But regardless of the state’s criminal defense bars actions, it is highly doubtful that all of the criminal attorneys… Continue Reading »

37 Newbies with WSP

The ranks of our Washington State Patrol (“WSP”) grew by 37 earlier this month. At a ceremony on August 3, 2016, Chief Justice Barbara Madsen swore in the new troopers, and Governor Jay Inslee presented them with their commission cards. The ceremony was riff with pageantry and tradition, inclusive of a color guard, our national… Continue Reading »

Emphasis DUI Patrols Next Week

The Washington State Department of Transportation, in collaboration with state law enforcement agencies, by way of the state’s strategic highway safety plan – ‘target zero’, will again be emphasizing DUI patrols. Next week four local law enforcement agencies (the Washington State Patrol, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, the Yelm Police Department, and the Olympia Police Department)… Continue Reading »