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Recently it was reported that President Joe Biden is looking into clemency for certain non-violent prisoners. What is clemency? Clemency is the process by which a president, governor or administrative board may reduce a defendant’s sentence or grant a pardon. In effect, clemency lessens the severity of a prisoner’s punishment. In January, the Department of… Continue Reading »

According to RCW 46.61.502, the elements of a DUI in Washington State are: (1) driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, marijuana, or any drug (a) and the person has, within two hours after driving, an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher; or (b) the person has, within two hours after driving, a THC… Continue Reading »

Washington State Hit and Run penalties can be found under RCW 46.52.020. The short and skinny of our hit and run law(s)? If you hit someone or something, and you don’t stop and leave some very specific information, you are committing a crime. What level of crime depends on the facts of the individual case… Continue Reading »

As SQ Attorneys has previous noted in blog posts, the Washington State Toxicology Lab has had some issues with onsite contamination over the past several years. The lab does blood testing for the entire State of Washington. The lab’s work is relied upon by prosecutors in the processing of their DUI cases and other drug… Continue Reading »

A week ago, Governor Jay Inslee commuted the sentences of more than 125 people on community supervision. The Governor’s actions related to folks whose drug convictions were previously deemed unconstitutional by the Blake ruling, which was handed down in February by our State Supreme Court. In Blake, the court overturned Washington’s felony drug possession statute.… Continue Reading »

Generally, when a defendant has been prosecuted for a crime, she has the Sixth Amendment right to confront witnesses who testify against her. In other words, a Defendant gets to question the prosecution’s witnesses on the stand, before the trier of fact – the jury. The idea is to ensure that the trier of fact… Continue Reading »

An infrastructure bill awaiting a pivotal vote in the US Senate would require new cars to have technology to detect drunk drivers. Backers of the bill claim the anti-drunken driving provisions would drastically reduce the number of automotive deaths that occur on our U.S. roadways. The provisions of the proposed bill order NHTSA to study… Continue Reading »

Over the next two weeks law enforcement officers are going to spend extra time focused on looking for distracted drivers. The emphasis patrols started the week of July 28th and will run through the first week of August. This emphasis is part of the uniquely named Driving Under the Influence of Electronics law, passed in… Continue Reading »

In Seattle, is a person of color still more likely than a white person to be subjected to an officer’s use of force? One report says yes, finding that Black people, per capita, were seven times more likely to be subjected to an officer’s use of force in the City of Seattle. To boot, it… Continue Reading »

What week is it?? It is National Pretrial, Probation, & Parole Supervision Week!! The American Probation and Parole Association wanted to highlight those who work in our nations pretrial services so they created a whole week of celebration in their honor. This year July 18-24 is that week! Court pretrial probation and service (‘PPPS’) departments… Continue Reading »