Monthly Archives: February 2021

A Measure to Drive-By

Can’t pay a traffic ticket? You may soon be in luck. Why? Because Washington State lawmakers recently proposed a measure that would prevent a driver’s license from being suspended if a person cannot pay or doesn’t respond to a traffic ticket. The measure, if passed, would eliminate suspended licenses for those who are unable to… Continue Reading »

Civil Rights and Misconduct by the Police

Police officers are given broad powers to carry out their duties. The Constitution and other laws, however, place limits on how far police can go in trying to enforce the law. As the videotaped beating of motorist Rodney King, in Los Angeles illustrated, police officers sometimes go too far, violating the rights of citizens. When… Continue Reading »

Watch That Speed

What is Reckless Driving? According to Washington State, Reckless Driving is ‘a willful and wanton disregard for the safety of person and/or property.’ Can speeding alone get someone cited for Reckless Driving? In short, yes. This is so because Washington’s maximum speed limits can serve as prima facie evidence of reckless driving, which in Washington… Continue Reading »

Driving with a Suspended License Explained

Driving without a license is illegal in every state, but most states differentiate between operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license and driving a vehicle without proof of a driver’s license such as when a driver fails to physically carry their valid driver’s license. While you won’t be arrested for simply failing to grab… Continue Reading »

The Backlog of All Backlogs

Criminal charging in-and-around King County has grinded to a halt. Criminal cases all start with an arraignment. An arraignment is where a defendant is formerly told what she is charged with and enters her plea. Right now, Seattle is only arraigning folks that are actually in custody. Those not in custody are not being charged… Continue Reading »

Things to Remember When Being Pulled Over

Getting pulled over by the police is often times a stressful and difficult situation. Often times, we here at SQ Attorneys are faced with the question of what to do when the police initiate a traffic stop. First thing to do is to remember to pull over quickly and safely, letting the police officer know… Continue Reading »

Accountability – Front and Center

By now, we all know the issues surrounding police and their use of force. It has been a hot topic for many, many months. Today, a SB 5066 is before the Washington State Legislature (“WSL”). If enacted, SB 5066 would compel fellow officers to step-in and intervene if they witness excessive force being used by… Continue Reading »