Monthly Archives: December 2019

Overview of Search and Seizure Laws

It is the end of the year, and the start of a new decade. Let us review the laws pertaining to search and seizure. Whenever law enforcement is engaging in a search and seizure, there are a number of rules, and exceptions, that apply to minimize the risk of an illegal search and seizure. These… Continue Reading »

Signal Your Turn, Its the Law!

The Washington State Supreme Court has spoken – always use your turn signal to change lanes or make a turn. There are no exceptions, period. Failure to use your turn signal when required is a traffic infraction. Of course, the issue arose when someone was stopped and later cited for DUI. The driver had signaled… Continue Reading »

Chicanery A-Foot in Bellingham?

Can police officers abuse their authority? Well, at least one Bellingham man sure thinks so. He is electing to sue the City of Bellingham because two of its finest arrested him for confronting a meter maid about parking in a bike zone and impeding his ability to use the lane. The law suit was filed… Continue Reading »

Criminal Charges in Juvenile Court

We here at SQ Attorneys focus our practice on criminal defense, which includes the defense of juveniles in juvenile court. When children commit crimes, regardless of whether it is shoplifting or assault and battery, their cases are typically heard in juvenile court, where the emphasis is on counseling and rehabilitation versus hard time. The common… Continue Reading »

Tragedy Strikes, Lesson Learned

Sadly a man in our Monroe, Washington prison facility recently died because of – essentially – incompetent governmental bureaucracy. A report signed by an Ombuds for the state Department of Corrections (“DOC”) outlined the tragedy. It indicated that the inmate died fifteen months after a cancerous lump was discovered on his breast – he unconscionably… Continue Reading »

Cannabis Oil and the Law

Cultures around the world have used cannabis for centuries. Americans are just now beginning to understand what cannabis and the chemical compounds in it do to the human body. Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, in particular, has become wildly popular for its alleged health benefits, but is CBD oil legal? America’s relationship with cannabis is complicated. According… Continue Reading »

Lights, Cameras … Action

The Everett Police Department is following in line with other police departments around the state … they are in the throws of integrating body cameras into their uniforms. In the weeks to come some Everett Police Officers will be outfitted with body-worn cameras as part of a 6 month pilot program. The idea is to… Continue Reading »

Solicitation Explained

The crime of solicitation is requesting, encouraging or demanding someone to engage in criminal conduct, with the intent to facilitate or contribute to the commission of that crime. Commonly, solicitation often is linked to prostitution with the crime being the request of someone to engage in sex for money. Though state laws vary, to be… Continue Reading »

When One Door Closes, Another Opens

As has become somewhat common place, going to downtown Seattle is no longer on the front end of anyone’s list, even during holiday seasons. It is in a word – dangerous. This is especially true down by the King County Courthouse on 3rd and James. Earlier this week the Presiding Judge, Jim Rogers, became so… Continue Reading »