Sunday, August 8, 2010

Convicted of a crime?

If you have been, or you are facing the prospect of being, convicted of a crime in Washington State, you may be curious to know whether you will be able to find gainful employment or quality housing. Employers and rental property owners are becoming increasingly more concerned about knowing whether applicants have criminal records. Undoubtedly part of this concern has been caused by jury verdicts that have been rendered against employers or rental property owners for negligently hiring or leasing to people with criminal histories; people who have caused harm to others while on the job or while leasing rental property. Another concern for employers, in particular, arises when they have to disclose criminal conviction data. An example of this is when a company is trying to raise funds and/or capital; they may be required to make certain disclosures to a bank or a private investor because the bargaining between the parties has to be done in good faith and with full disclosure. Employers and rental property owners in Washington State have a great deal of access to criminal history records. Washington State employers and rental property owners are permitted to ask potential employees or lease applicants about their criminal background.

Because of the significant implications a criminal conviction can have, it is imperative that a person stopped, cited arrested and/or charged with a crime in Washington State retain a qualified Seattle criminal defense attorney or a qualified Bellevue criminal defense lawyer in order to best minimize potential legal consequences and protect their rights. The Seattle criminal attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified criminal lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those charged with crimes in Western Washington and all across the Greater Puget Sound region. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the criminal allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible.

If you or a loved one is stopped, cited, arrested and/or charged with a crime in King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County, Kitsap County, Thurston County or one of the following cities or towns: Algona, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bonney Lake, Bothell, Burien, Des Moines, Duvall, Edmonds, Enumclaw, Everett, Federal Way, fife, Hunts Point, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Lake Stevens, Lakewood, Lynnwood, Maple Valley, Marysville, Medina, Mercer Island, Milton, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, New Castle, Normandy Park, North Bend, Olympia, Puyallup, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Sea Tac, Seattle, Shoreline, Snohomish, Sumner, Tacoma, Tukwila, University Place, and/or Woodinville, or any other city or town in Western Washington, call The Criminal Defense Team of SQ Attorneys at (206) 441-0900 for an initial free consultation.

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