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When the red and blues go on … do yourself a favor and pull over. Getting cited is definitely a better option than being shot, which is what almost happened on Saturday night in Medina, Washington. Saturday, a Medina officer fired his gun at a hit-and-run driver who rammed the officer’s patrol car – never… Continue Reading »

A Seattle Times editorial came out this week regarding diversity issues within the ranks of the Washington State Patrol (the “WSP”). The editorial, in short, postulated that the WSP needs to be more diverse, and that the diversity problems of the WSP stem from the psychological exam given to candidates. According to the editorial piece,… Continue Reading »

As we meet with new clients each and every day, we at SQ Attorneys hear a common question: “How do I get a copy of my incident report?”  Well the answer is actually quite simple.  To obtain a copy of a police report, one need only contact the law enforcement agency that responded to the… Continue Reading »

Like so many other types of crimes, a DUI suspect does not have to actually be witnessed committing a crime. In other words, officers can act on a tip(s), as was the case last week when Seattle police arrested a man after he careened into several other vehicles and ended up in a Belltown storefront… Continue Reading »

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 »