Monthly Archives: March 2021

Constitutional Rights Seemingly Expanded

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Last week the United States Supreme Court expanded our federal constitutional protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. The esteemed court ruled that a person shot by an officer may sue the police, even if that person was able to drive away before being detained. The seminal issue was whether the police used ‘physical force’ to… Continue Reading »

The Most Common Defense is Self Defense

It is a commonly accepted principle that a person may protect themselves from harm under appropriate circumstances, even when that behavior would normally constitute a crime. In the United States legal system, each state allows a defendant to claim self-defense when accused of a violent crime, as does the federal government. The specific rules pertaining… Continue Reading »

The Receipt will Set You Free

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It was a long time coming, but with some extended perseverance a Michigan man got himself another opportunity to prove his innocence. He has since sued the Hertz Rental Company because they failed to produce the very evidence that would have proved his innocence and kept him out of prison. Due to that lack of… Continue Reading »

Minor in Possession

Every state has laws concerning alcohol and drugs found in the possession of minors, regardless of whether they were using the substances. These are often referred to as minor in possession laws or else known as MIP. Some states strictly enforce MIP laws and prosecute minors to the fullest extent of the law. In other… Continue Reading »

Wait, There is an Exception?!

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When bad luck hits, it can really take the wind out of your sails. There is no better example of that than what a 21 year old Ferndale man recently endured – 3 DUI arrests over a 4 day period in Skagit and Whatcom Counties. It started with a March 8th DUI arrest in Whatcom… Continue Reading »

Assault & Battery Defined

We here at SQ Attorneys handle a wide array of criminal charges. Some of the most common charges we come across on a weekly basis are assault and battery charges. Many people ask, what are the legal definitions of the crimes? Did you know there are two separate legal terms of art at play: assault… Continue Reading »

SMC Expands its Caseload

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Where once Seattle Municipal Court (‘SMC’) lagged behind on having virtual hearings, it is now taking the lead and doing almost all of its hearings remotely. While most courts use the Zoom platform, SMC handles its virtual courtrooms via WebEx. To accommodate those who don’t have adequate technology, SMC is permitting people to participate by… Continue Reading »

Different Types of Legal Fees

When retaining a lawyer, a potential client has to be aware of the different types of fee arrangements that one has to consider. The type of fee arrangement that you make with your lawyer will have a significant impact on how much you will pay for services. .Legal fees depend on several factors, including the… Continue Reading »

You’ve Been Cheetoed!

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Straight from the pages of the Wild and the Whacky – A woman in Tulsa, Oklahoma is now sitting in jail because she had Cheeto residue on her teeth that linked her to an attempted home burglary. What were the facts? Well, apparently on February 26th patrol officers were dispatched to reports of a person… Continue Reading »

Strategies to Fight a Traffic Ticket

We here at SQ Attorneys fight traffic tickets on a regular basis. As defense lawyers we have found there are five effective strategies a person can use when fighting a traffic ticket. Police officers often cite drivers for making unsafe turns or driving unsafely down a road. These tickets require the officer to put down… Continue Reading »