If you are arrested in King County for a nonviolent offense, you may just be in luck, at least as it relates to being booked into jail. Why? Because the jail is currently facing staffing shortages, and there is a mega surge in coronavirus cases, all of which is leading to what some are calling ‘inhumane conditions’ in the King County Jail. Apparently the conditions are bad enough that public defenders and correction officers are asking the county to stop booking people awaiting charges on nonviolent felony offenses. The proposal would largely prevent the booking of people accused of offenses like burglary, car theft, failure to register as a sex offender and drug dealing. The request is not supported by the King County Prosecutor’s Office, as Dan Satterberg, the King County Prosecuting Attorney, noted that the reduction in jail population has happened even as the county has seen a surge in shootings and crime.
Whether booked or not, if you or a loved one is cited, arrested or charged for a crime, you should immediately contact a Criminal lawyer. A criminal attorney is not going to judge you, and understands that everyone makes mistakes. Hiring a Criminal Lawyer to help can – at a minimum – reduce penalties, and can help direct people on how to best deal with their criminal charge, and many times even get them dismissed. So it should go without saying that someone cited for a misdemeanor or felony should hire a qualified Criminal Lawyer as soon as possible. Criminal charges can cause havoc on a person’s personal and professional life. Anyone charged with a crime in Washington State should immediately seek the assistance of a seasoned Criminal Lawyer – like the attorneys at SQ Attorneys – (206) 441-0900.