Sunday, November 28, 2010

No Contact Means NO CONTACT!

A "no contact order" means that the defendant is precluded from having any contact and or communication with the victim or the person under the protection of the no contact order. This includes but is not limited to letters, emails, text messages or messages delivered through a third party. If faced with a criminal charge in Washington for violating a no contact order, contact the Seattle criminal lawyers at SQ Attorneys so they can fight for your rights.

In other words if a person is under this type of restraining order and sees the victim in public they must leave the area immediately and not acknowledge the victims existence. A person cannot even say "hi" if they walk by the victim by chance on the street. In a situation like this, an individual may in fact be charged with a crime in Washington, at which point it is important to contact a Washington Criminal Attorney.

A person can be arrested for a violation even if the victim initiates the contact and calls the defendant. A person can be charged with a violation even if invited by his wife to come back to the marital home.

Even if the victim tells you that the no contact order has been dropped, do not take the victims word for it. You must see the piece of paper signed by the judge dismissing the order before any contact or communication is initiated. A no contact order expires when the sentence period is finished. It also expires if the case is dismissed or the defendant is found not guilty after a trial. However, be careful because there may also be another restraining order issued as a result of a divorce or a civil court matter or a District Court restraining order. Contact the Seattle criminal lawyers at SQ Attorneys for more information.

A person who is on probation, bail or a probation attached to a suspended sentence must be even more vigilante in order to not violate the no contact order. A violation is a crime in itself which is also a violation of the conditions of probation, filing or bail.

The Seattle criminal lawyers at SQ Attorneys are trained to create success by working with law enforcement and with the prosecuting attorney’s office so as to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the criminal allegations brought against the accused are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible in light of all the surrounding circumstances. If accused of a crime, protect your rights – contact SQ Attorneys – (206) 441-0900, (425) 988-8384; it will be the best decision you make all day!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

No Canada Ehh??

Many convictions in the U.S., including DUI and Reckless driving, can make a person inadmissible to Canada for many, many years. This is because criminal inadmissibility is based on how the equivalent offense is treated in Canada, not in the country where the conviction occurred. That is why it is important to contact a Seattle DUI Attorney when charged with a serious crime such as a DUI.

In many cases, an American with a criminal record may have been able to travel in and out of Canada without any problem. This is largely because Canadian border officials do not routinely ask every person entering Canada whether they have a criminal conviction. However, Canadian border officials do have computer access to many U.S. criminal records, and more frequently now Americans with criminal records are experiencing problems at the Canadian border, especially those charged or convicted of a DUI in Washington. Being denied entry into Canada can be both embarrassing and costly to a business and trade.

If a border official asks whether you have any criminal convictions, always answer truthfully. Failure to disclose could result in a temporary ban from Canada for misrepresentation, and will make border officials less willing to use discretion to permit entry into Canada.

If a border official finds someone is criminally inadmissible, there are both temporary and permanent ways to overcome the inadmissibility, including the following options: 1) Expungement of U.S. convictions, when available, will generally overcome inadmissibility, 2) Five years after the completion of the sentence, individuals can apply for Criminal Rehabilitation; 3) Prior to the five years, a person can apply for a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) which does not do away with the inadmissibility, but allows temporary entry into Canada; or 4) Ten years after the completion of a sentence (where there is a single conviction) a person may be eligible for Deemed Rehabilitation

It is always recommended that you consult a Canadian immigration lawyer about any criminal offense, no matter how minor or how ancient, before trying to enter Canada. The more lead time the better, as the process can time to process. In order to avoid any of these issues, it is important to contact a Seattle DUI Lawyer to ensure that you are protected.

The Seattle DUI Attorneys of SQ Attorneys are experienced and proven negotiators that make a world of difference for those accused of DUI. SQ Attorneys is a team of seasoned Seattle DUI lawyers that work tireless to achieve the best possible outcome for each and every client they have the honor of representing. Arrested for DUI in Western Washington? Call The Criminal Defense Team of SQ Attorneys at (206) 441-0900 or (425) 998-8384 for an initial free consultation.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sting Operations

In the Internet era, there has been a proliferation of escort Web sites and directories. Some of the most common being Eros, tnaboard, Craig’s List, The Erotic Review. Men of all backgrounds and professions frequent these sites and contact escorts for companionship. In Washington, if caught hiring an escort in exchange for sexual contact, one can be criminally charged for solicitation of a prostitute. Contact the Seattle Criminal Lawyers at SQ Attorneys if faced with such charges.

The services an escort can provide many times go beyond mere paid companionship and law enforcement tries to step in to control any prostitution, assignation, solicitation and any other sexual acts conducted for money. The Seattle Criminal Attorneys at SQ Attorneys have handled numerous cases in which an individual gets caught hiring an escort during a sting operation.

Sometimes, men will come to Washington on business, to attend a convention or on vacation and frequent these or other sites to contact an escort. They will arrange a time to meet and find themselves in the midst of sting operation where the escort was not an escort at all, but an undercover police officer who could be employed by any number of police agencies. Law enforcement agencies may conduct these stings in order to control the amount of prostitution that has arisen in the recent years as the popularity of the Internet keeps exploding. The Washington Criminal Lawyers at SQ Attorneys are trained to fight these charges in order to avoid serious consequences if convicted.

If you are caught up in such a scenario you want to be able to make sure that none of your rights were violated and have a Seattle criminal attorney who is experienced with these types of crimes defend your rights.

The SQ team is designed to create success by working with law enforcement and with the prosecuting attorney’s office so as to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the criminal allegations brought against the accused are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible in light of all the surrounding circumstances. If accused of a crime, protect your rights – contact SQ Attorneys – (206) 441-0900, (425) 988-8384; it will be the best decision you make all day!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Commit a Crime, Serve the Time

For those who have never before faced criminal charges, an arrest can be a frightening experience. The stress and anxiety of an arrest may cause you, your family members or friends to overlook important factors, such as the right to remain silent and the right to consult with a lawyer.

During and after arrest, it is imperative for one to remain calm. Not everyone who is arrested is guilty of committing a criminal offense. An arrest is not a conviction. You are innocent until proven guilty. With the help of a Seattle Criminal Lawyer at SQ Attorneys, you can fight your charges.

Arrest
In an arrest, a police officer, state trooper, or sheriff restrains your freedom of movement because of your possible involvement in a criminal offense. The arresting officer may take you into custody, or you may be stopped, verbally or physically, for questioning about a crime.

A warrant for arrest is a written order signed by a judge directing the police to arrest the person named in the warrant. If a judge issues a warrant for your arrest, the police may arrest you in your home or in a public place. At the time of your arrest, the arresting officers should inform you they have a warrant and produce the warrant for your review.

Without your consent or extraordinary circumstances, the police cannot arrest you in your home without a warrant. The police can arrest you without a warrant if they have probable cause to believe that you committed an offense in their presence, or when an individual informs an officer that you have just allegedly committed an offense.

You can be arrested for committing a misdemeanor, which is a lesser crime. Some examples of misdemeanors are: disorderly conduct, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without a valid driver's license, assault, domestic battery, criminal damage to property, indecent exposure, theft, resisting a police officer, stalking, and deceptive practice. The Seattle Criminal Attorneys at SQ Attorneys can fight any and all misdemeanors and felonies for you.

The police can also arrest you without a warrant if they have probable cause to believe that you have committed a felony, a more serious crime, in their presence, or when an individual informs an officer that you have just allegedly committed an offense. Some examples of felonies are: arson, burglary, forgery, kidnapping, armed robbery, murder, possession of stolen motor vehicle, sexual assault, trespass to residence, obstructing justice, possession or delivery of narcotics, home invasion and unlawful discharge of a firearm. The Washington Criminal Attorneys at SQ Attorneys are trained to handle all criminal cases.

In addition, a citizen, such as a security guard or store owner, may detain you if you have committed, for example, the offense of retail theft, in their presence. In this instance, they must promptly turn you over to the police.

If you are arrested for a felony without a warrant, you are entitled to a prompt hearing (preliminary hearing) to determine whether or not the arresting officer had probable cause (the minimum level of required evidence) to arrest you. However, you may not have an opportunity for a preliminary hearing, where your attorney can cross-examine the arresting officer and challenge the State's evidence. The State is allowed to avoid a preliminary hearing by submitting evidence, in secret, to a grand jury which will return a bill of indictment against you.

Being Detained vs. Being Arrested
A police officer may detain a person, without arresting the person, if the officer has articulable suspicion that the person is engaging in criminal activity. For example, a police officer may request identification and conduct a limited search for weapons (for the officer's safety) if the officer observes a person pacing in front of a closed store late at night. This is called a "Terry Stop." Or, a store owner or employee might detain a person for a short time if they have a strong reason to believe that the person has stolen or was attempting to steal something from the store.

Search
Ordinarily, the police must have search warrant before conducting a search. However, after you have been arrested, the police may search your person and the immediate area around you without a warrant. This is known as a "search incident to arrest." The police may also search, if at the time of arrest, the arresting officer observes contraband. If the arresting officer finds items that are illegal to possess, such as a gun, drugs or drug paraphernalia, at the time of arrest, the arresting officer will retrieve the item(s) and charge you for unlawful possession of the item(s). The arresting officer may also take your wallet, identification, money and other personal items from you at the time of your arrest, for inventory purposes, and maintain the items in a secure place until your items can be returned to you, or used as evidence against you. It is important to verify that all of the items the officer removed from you are inventoried on a written list.

Obtaining Legal Representation
You are entitled to telephone a Seattle Criminal Lawyer, friend or family member to notify them of your arrest. You have the right to consult with a lawyer and have him or her present when the police question you. You should remain silent until your lawyer is present, since any statements you make can be used as evidence against you.

If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, you are entitled to a court-appointed attorney. The Court may appoint a private attorney, a lawyer from a legal aid society, or a public defender. The police are required to advise you of these rights before questioning you. Ordinarily, the arresting officer provides these warnings during the confusion of the arrest. These rights are critical to your defense later on.

Even if you refused a lawyer at the time of arrest, you retain the right to have a lawyer present at any time after your arrest.

If a family member or friend, who has been arrested, calls, remind him or her that they have a right to an attorney, and that they are not required to respond to police questioning until an attorney is present.

If you or a loved one is charged with theft 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; (425) 998-8384 for an initial free consultation – it will be the best decision you make all day.