The times are a-changin’ in Seattle, as the new Seattle City Attorney – Ann Davison – is getting down right aggressive coming out of the proverbial gates; her office has formed a partnership with both the King County Jail and the Seattle police to reduce, and even eradicate, repeat offender crime. The effort is encapsulated in the High Utilizer Initiative (‘HUI’). This type of cross-departmental approach is specifically geared to take prolific offenders off Seattle’s streets. As part of this partnership, the King County Jail has agreed to allow misdemeanor bookings of a limited number of high utilizers. It is claimed that repeat criminal activity has greatly impacted struggling Seattle businesses. It is hoped that the HUI will not only add another layer of accountability, but also help identify those most in need of behavioral and health services. Ultimately the goal is to coordinate high utilizer efforts between the Seattle City Attorney’s Office, the Seattle Police, the King County Prosecutor’s Office, the King County Jail, and other service providers to improve outcomes for these individuals and to reduce their effects on safety in Seattle.
SQ Attorneys helps those charged with crime in Western Washington. If you or a loved one is arrested, cited, booked and/or charged for a crime in Western Washington 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 you can – at a minimum – reduce penalties, and can help direct you on how to best deal with your criminal charge, and many times even get them dismissed. So it should go without saying that if you are arrested, cited, booked or charged for a misdemeanor or felony you 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.