Monday, December 26, 2011

New City Drinking Law Targets Parents

Starting next month, Mercer Island parents will be held responsible for underage drinking at their homes even if they are out of town and unaware it is happening.

The recently passed "social host" ordinance, believed to be the first of its kind in the state, will take effect Jan. 13. The measure imposes a $250 fine on those who own, rent or lease property where teenage drinking has occurred.

It is already illegal for adults to provide alcohol to minors or for parents to let their underage children drink. The new ordinance takes the idea of parent responsibility a step further.

The ordinance, based on similar measures in Northern California, could inspire other Washington cities to follow suit, said Stacey Rhodes, a spokeswoman for Washington state Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

That process included more than two years of work, a City council member said. He added that he and his colleagues were pushed to act by the city's Communities That Care project, which works to prevent young people from using alcohol, drugs and tobacco.

Parents and teenagers in the affluent community of 23,000 expressed varying opinions about the ordinance.

Allie Ritcey, a junior at Mercer Island High School, said she agrees with the intent of the measure but isn't sure it's fair for parents to be held responsible for things their kids and their kids' friends do without their knowledge. Teenagers are old enough to be accountable for their own actions, she said.

The 16-year-old also argued it's safer to drink at a parent's home than "in some old parking lot somewhere," because drinking and driving is less likely.

"It's not something that I think is ever going to go away completely, so you might as well be really safe doing it so nobody gets hurt," she said.

Maryellen Johnson, who has children in middle and elementary schools on Mercer Island, disagreed.

"It's a fallacy to think that children are safe because they're drinking in one's home," said Johnson, who contended the fine imposed by the ordinance is not high enough. "They also get in a car and drive somewhere. And they're at risk not only to themselves but to others."

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"If you were out of the country and something happened and you got held responsible, I bet it wouldn't ever happen again," she said.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Seahawk Player Arrested for DUI

Seahawks defensive end Raheem Brock has been charged with DUI in King County after his arrest more than a year ago. He is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 21. If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, contact your Seattle DUI Lawyer immediately.

Brock, who is in his second season in Seattle, was pulled over just before 3 a.m. on Nov. 13, 2011, early on a Saturday morning. He traveled with the team to Arizona for a game later that day.

According to a police report of the incident, Brock declined to take field-sobriety tests, but did submit to a portable breathalyzer, which measured his blood alcohol content at .133, according to the report. The legal limit in Washington is .08.

Brock, a 10th-year NFL player from Temple, was arrested by the Washington State Patrol and taken to the University of Washington Police Department.

According to the report, he asked the officer, "You guys don't take care of your athletes out here?" The officer told Brock he had been arrested and would be processed like everyone else. A breath test at the station measured his BAC at .115 and .111, according to the report.

Brock's car was impounded, but he was not booked into jail. He was taken to his residence in Bellevue, cited and released, according to the report.

Brock did not immediately inform the Seahawks of his arrest. He played in the game at Arizona the following day. News of his arrest was first reported while the game was under way, which was when the team first heard of the incident.

Dan Donohoe, spokesman for King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg, indicated via email the charge shouldn't have taken so long to file. The cause for the delay was unclear, but it appeared the file was misplaced for a time.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Man Publishes Fake Obituary

Authorities in northwestern Pennsylvania say a man published an obituary for his living mother in a ploy to get paid bereavement time off from work.

Relatives called The Jeffersonian Democrat newspaper in Brookville after the obit appeared to report the woman was actually alive and well. The woman herself then visited the paper.

Brookville police charged 45-year-old Scott Bennett on Tuesday with disorderly conduct.

Democrat editor Randy Bartley says he accepted the obituary in good faith after being unable to confirm the funeral arrangements at press time. He told The Derrick newspaper on Friday that the woman was very understanding.
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Police Chief Ken Dworek says Bennett wrote up the memorial notice because he didn't want to get fired for taking time off.

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Yakima County Prosecutor Busted for DUI!

Kittitas County prosecutors charged Yakima County Prosecutor Jim Hagarty with drunken driving last Thursday in Yakima County District Court.

It has been widely reported that he is scheduled to appear in court on the gross misdemeanor charge on Dec. 12 before a judge visiting from Kittitas County, which agreed to handle the case. The Seattle DUI Lawyers at SQ Attorneys specialize in DUI defense. If you find yourself in a situation where you are facing DUI charges contact the Seattle DUI Attorneys at SQ Attorneys immediately.

Hagarty was arrested by a Washington State trooper on Nov. 15 after a minor rear-end collision at Selah. He provided breath-test samples of 0.106 and 0.109, slightly over the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

The 61-year-old Hagarty has been the Yakima prosecutor for three years. He issued an apology the day after his arrest but has since refused comment.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

WSP Trooper Sues Own Agency

A Washington State Patrol trooper alleges that his own agency is discriminating against him because he's white and a Mormon, and now is in the process of filing a law suit.

In a recently-filed lawsuit, Stg. David Divis alleges the state patrol "took adverse employment action" against him based on his race and religion.

The News Tribune reported WSP launched an internal investigation against Divis for allegedly making disparaging remarks about black troopers.

In the suit, Divis contends someone made disparaging remarks about him, "including a comment that (he) must have discriminated against certain troopers because his church does not allow blacks to attend."

The suit goes on to say that Divis was not treated the same as fellow employees of different races.

In response to the allegations, the state patrol issued a statement saying that they have acted in good faith throughout this process and are confident that the court will determine that they have acted lawfully.

Divis was originally demoted, but a judge reinstated him. He is now on paid leave.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Former Federal Prosecutor Blasts Marijuana Laws

John McKay, the unlikely champion of marijuana legalization, joked that he was about to be fed to lions. Then he walked on stage and tried to convince about 130 sheriffs and police chiefs that he was not crazy.

For 90 minutes Wednesday, the former federal prosecutor from Seattle blasted drug laws as failed, antiquated policies that were a limitless cash machine for murderous organized-crime syndicates feeding America's seemingly bottomless appetite for marijuana.

A few in the audience — a gathering of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) at a Lake Chelan resort — nodded. But mostly the picture was one of frowns beneath mustaches.

In the end, the cops voted as expected: They unanimously recommended rejection of Initiative 502, a measure headed to the Legislature or to voters next November that would legalize, tax and regulate small marijuana sales similarly to alcohol.

But after listening to McKay and a counter-argument by Kevin Sabet, a former White House drug-policy adviser, several sheriffs and police chiefs described being squeezed between the rising social acceptance of marijuana, laws banning its use, and increasingly limited law-enforcement resources.

McKay said passing I-502 could begin a state-based movement to force Congress into re-examining marijuana laws. "It will take states to say: This is wrong, this is our statement," he said.

Sue Rahr, King County sheriff and president of WASPC, said that type of advocacy can make cops uneasy. "We enforce the law, and here we are being asked to help change the law," said Rahr, who declined to take a position in I-502. "That's a dilemma."

Clallam County Sheriff Bill Benedict said he'd have preferred the group take no position after hearing McKay. "What we have is so broken," he said. "The long-term strategy of the DEA is, 'Spend more money, hire more agents.' I hope for better."

In his five years as the top federal prosecutor in Seattle, appointed by President George W. Bush, McKay's office filed charges against Canada's "Prince of Pot" and led a case involving helicopter smuggling of B.C. Bud that ultimately netted $2 million, a ton of marijuana and at least a dozen convictions.

After he was forced to resign with eight other U.S. attorneys in a politically motivated purge by the Bush administration, McKay endorsed marijuana legalization in a Seattle Times opinion piece. On Wednesday, he reiterated that he doesn't smoke pot and "doesn't like people very much who smoke pot."

But marijuana prohibition is the reason that British Columbia-based gangs smuggling high-grade pot are the "dominant organized crime in the Northwest," and it accounts for 40 to 60 percent of funding for Mexican cartels, he said.

Prohibition also fails its objective, he said. "I think it's pretty clear that our criminalization of marijuana for the last 70 years as a vehicle to reduce its use is a failure," said McKay, citing DEA figures that 16 million Americans regularly use it.

He reminded the assembled cops that a second former U.S. attorney, Kate Pflaumer, and the former FBI chief in Seattle endorsed I-502, helping make it the strongest legalization campaign to date.

State data show at least 9,308 adults and 1,217 juveniles were charged statewide in 2010 for marijuana possession of less than 40 grams (about 1.4 ounces).

Sabet, who worked for federal drug czar and former Seattle police Chief Gil Kerlikowske, said studies show use would undoubtedly rise with legalization, and new marijuana taxes would not cover the increased societal costs.

Campaign director Alison Holcomb, who joined McKay in Chelan, said I-502 had about 230,000 signatures and almost certainly will qualify for the November 2012 ballot.

If I-502 were to pass, the state Liquor Control Board, based on federal drug-use surveys, estimates that about 445,000 people — 10 percent of the adults over age 21 — would use marijuana. The analysis estimates that 95 percent of users would consume two grams — roughly two thumb-sized buds — a week, and the remaining 5 percent of more hard-core users would smoke 2 grams a day.

Based on those estimates, I-502 would make marijuana a top-five agricultural product in Washington, with gross receipts of nearly $582 million, according to research by the state Legislature. With a 25 percent tax at each link of the production, distribution and retail chain, I-502 would generate $215 million a year, with nearly two-thirds of it earmarked for research and addiction prevention.

But one cop at Wednesday's debate, who declined to give his name, said his son's struggle with marijuana was serious enough that he had his son arrested. The young man has "straightened himself out," the cop said.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Seattle PD Detective Arrested After DUI Crash

A Seattle undercover police detective accused of rear-ending a car last Thursday afternoon while intoxicated was previously convicted of DUI in 1994, court records show.

Records show that the detective, John Fox, was sentenced to a year on jail for the previous DUI - but he was freed after serving only one day in a county jail and paid a $560 fine. According to court documents, Fox's license was not suspended.

Meanwhile, the driver of a car that was rear-ended by Fox on Thursday says he was "in complete shock and absolutely terrified" after the crash.

The impact of the crash shoved Pratt's car into two other vehicles, according to investigators, and Pratt said the detective's unmarked vehicle made no attempt to stop before slamming into his car.

Pratt said one of his biggest fears was that his car could catch fire after the crash.

He also said Mukilteo police who responded to the accident never took a statement from him and never told him that he had been hit by an unmarked Seattle police vehicle driven by an undercover detective. They even refused to provide him with insurance information, he says.

"We didn't get any information about who he was or what he was or anything about the situation at all," Pratt says.

Meanwhile, police reports obtained Friday by KOMO News say six empty 50-milliliter bottles of peppermint schnapps and a nearly empty 375-ml bottle of 80 proof vodka were found on the floor of the detective's vehicle, along with two handguns in a bag and a knife in his pocket.

The 46-year-old Fox smelled of alcohol, slurred his words, walked with a pronounced stagger and was unable to stand steadily on his own, the police report said. His eyes were watery and bloodshot.

The police report says Fox apologized to the arresting officer.

"I'm an idiot. I really screwed up," he reportedly said.

But he refused to take a breath test or to undergo a field sobriety test. He was handcuffed, taken to the station, cited for investigation of DUI, given a court date, then released. In court on Friday, he had little to say.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Yakima Police Spending Tax Money on Booze

Records obtained by the Yakima Herald-Republic show the Yakima police officers suspended for spending more than $400 in tax money on beer for themselves tried to hide their alcohol purchases.

When Yakima City Manager Don Cooper suspended Chad Urwin and Ryan Urlacher in October rather than firing them, he said the officers' actions were likely the result of confusion over the policy rather than intent to violate it.

But a review of police investigative records obtained by the newspaper shows that the officers tried to hide the beer purchases. The records also revealed why firing them could have been difficult, given the obscurity of the city's no-alcohol policy and contradictions in travel, purchasing and reimbursement policies.

According to those records, the officers admitted under questioning that they suspected it was against city policy to buy beer or alcohol with city funds during a two-week firearms instruction course in Spokane last summer.

Rather than confirm the policy, they concocted a scheme to persuade waitresses to write off their bar tabs as tips on their receipts.

A police clerk immediately flagged the receipts, noting the officers paid tips with their dinner on 10 different occasions that sometimes exceeded the entire food bill by 200 percent or more.

For example, on June 20, Urlacher bought a mushroom burger at Hooters for $7.48 with tax, then added a tip of $24.52. Urwin had a cheeseburger for the same price and tacked on a $25 tip.

Ordered to explain themselves, the officers admitted in interviews with Lt. Tom Foley that much of their "tips" were actually used to pay off their nightly bar tab, according to the investigative records. They said they persuaded waitresses to keep separate dinner and bar tabs, then had the waitresses put down their bar tabs as tips. No cash changed hands.

Urlacher, a former Washington State Patrol trooper, told Foley that his past experience as a state employee was that per diems did not have to be itemized, that per diems covered alcohol so long as it was off the clock and that the important point was not to max out his allowance.

Just before leaving for Spokane, Urlacher had confirmed via email with a senior police clerk that he and Urwin each had $61 per diems to work with and that they could spend it any way they wanted. Writing off the bar tab as tips was just a way of avoiding a "riff" with a bookkeeper, he said.

Acting police Chief Greg Copeland wrote "honesty issues" on an internal memo, agreeing with top aides that "only option is termination."

The city's prohibition against paying for alcohol is contained within the policy governing use of city credit cards, but the policy is tucked into the city's voluminous administrative code.

In addition to the obscurity of the city's no-alcohol policy, firing the officers might have been complicated by the question of whether employees were given the policies when they were hired. Nothing in the case file suggested the two officers ever signed off as having received the policy, as required of all city employees who use city-issued credit cards.

Cooper stated he chose to suspend the officers rather than fire them in part to avoid "unnecessary litigation" and because there are policy problems, which he said he plans to tackle once the city's troublesome 2012 budget is put to bed.

Cooper docked the officers the equivalent of a week's pay. He also required them to reimburse the city for the cost of the beer - about $200 each - and they were removed as firearms instructors for the department.

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Re-Licensing Court!

Nearly 300,000 Washington drivers have had their licenses suspended for not paying multiple traffic tickets, and if they want to get them back, they have to run a gauntlet that includes collection agents and a patchwork system of courts.

Many have now turned to King County re-licensing court to begin to dig out of the mess they find themselves in. Like drug court, it's a diversion program for people who have been stopped by an officer while driving on a license that was suspended for failure to pay traffic tickets. If charged with Driving While License Suspended, contact your Seattle Criminal Lawyers at SQ Attorneys immediately.

Maggie Nave, head of the District Court unit of the King County Prosecutor's office, said re-licensing court frees up prosecutors for more serious cases. But it also gives a suspended driver a way to get their license back sooner.

After a driver makes a few payments, the court lifts the hold on his license, which means he can get it back while he continues to pay off his tickets.

Court administrators in King and Pierce counties say that in any year, up to 25 percent of traffic tickets end up in collections. Re-licensing court is a cheaper alternative, but it's only available in a few counties.

Judge Mark Eide presides over King County re-licensing court, but he has no authority to reduce and consolidate fines from most of the county's 39 cities, much less another county.

"It is rather inefficient to have people go to multiple different courts to try to take care of getting their license back," Eide said.

Suspended license cases consume a lot of court resources. One-third of misdemeanor court filings in Washington are for driving with a suspended license for failure to pay citations, according to a 2008 study by Washington's Office of Public Defense.

"It's a victimless crime and it's a crime of poverty," says Bob Boruchowitz, a former longtime public defender turned law professor at Seattle University.

He said there's evidence that minorities are more likely to have their licenses suspended for not paying their traffic fines.

Options include working off the ticket through community service, or getting on a payment plan.

Don Pierce, who heads the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, supports diversion programs, but not decriminalization. He said some scofflaws need the threat of jail.

"If we totally decriminalize they can simply tear the ticket up right in front of the officer's face and drive away and there's nothing we can do about it and I don't think that serves the general public," he said.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

SPD Officer Arrested for Domestic Violence

A sergeant with the Seattle Police Department's Domestic Violence Unit was arrested over the weekend for investigation of domestic violence after an incident during Leavenworth's annual Oktoberfest, according to the Chelan County Sheriff's Office. If arrested for a crime contact your Seattle Criminal Lawyer at SQ Attorneys immediately.

The officer, who was identified by the Sheriff's Office as Ronald Lee Murray, is a 28-year veteran of the force, according to Seattle police.

Chelan County sheriff's Detective Jerry Moore said two deputies were working at Oktoberfest late Friday when they saw a man dragging a woman by her hair and jacket through a gravel parking lot.

Moore said the woman turned out to be Murray's 44-year-old girlfriend.

The two were apparently arguing over beer tickets, Moore said.

"Mr. Murray gave away $20 worth of beer tickets and she got upset," he said. "An argument ensued and then turned physical."

Deputies noted the woman was intoxicated, according to Moore, but did not indicate whether Murray, 55, was believed to be intoxicated.

The arresting deputy noted that Murray said he knew he was wrong and had no excuse for his behavior, Moore said.

Murray was arrested without incident and booked on investigation of fourth-degree domestic violence, a gross misdemeanor, Moore said. He later bailed out of the Chelan County Regional Justice Center.

Seattle police learned of the arrest early Sunday, according to a statement.

The department has transferred the sergeant out of the Domestic Violence Unit, pending the criminal investigation, police said.

A complaint process has been initiated with the department's Office of Professional Accountability (OPA).

According to police, the OPA will begin a separate administrative investigation into the employee's conduct after the conclusion of the criminal case.

The Seattle police statement noted that October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

iPhone DUI Apps

After pressure from four U.S. senators, Apple Inc. has said it will start rejecting iPhone applications that tip drivers off about police checkpoints for drunken driving.

Apple updated its app developer guidelines Wednesday to exclude such apps. On Thursday, some DUI apps were still available in the App Store, but Apple usually gives developers a chance to update their apps so they can conform to the new guidelines before booting them.

The apps often combine warnings about DUI checkpoints with warnings about speed traps and red-light cameras. Users of the applications help create the warnings by registering the locations.

An Apple spokesman had no comment on the change in the guidelines, and wouldn't say why the change was made.

Senators Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) asked Apple, Research In Motion Ltd., the maker of the BlackBerry, and Google Inc. to remove DUI-avoidance apps in March. RIM complied, but Google refused.

Google runs an application store for phones that use its Android software. The company places far fewer restrictions on application developers than Apple does.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Rubber Stamp Sergeant Retires

A Seattle police sergeant who built a stellar career before an internal investigation found misconduct in his supervision of drunken-driving arrests has retired after being told the department planned to fire him.

Sgt. David Abe's retirement was disclosed by sources briefed on the matter. A Seattle police spokesman, Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, confirmed Monday that Abe retired Thursday after an investigation by the department's Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) led to a recommendation that he be demoted to the rank of officer, then fired.

The department hasn't released the findings of its internal investigation of Abe, a veteran of nearly 33 years who supervised officers in the unit that enforces driving-under-the-influence (DUI) laws. If arrested for a DUI contact your Seattle DUI lawyer at SQ Attorneys.

But the investigation has focused on allegations that Abe, 57, repeatedly failed to report to work and provided a rubber stamp to officers to affix his approval on their arrest reports, according to sources.

One high-level source said Abe had a good record during most of his career but displayed a "marked decline in performance" tied to health problems, a family illness and unhappiness over his assignment, for a second time, to the DUI Unit last year.

Abe was to meet with Police Chief John Diaz to discuss the proposed discipline but opted to retire, another source said.

Last year, Abe earned $108,034 in regular pay and $49,691 in overtime, according to city payroll records.

Throughout his career, Abe received numerous commendations for his work, notably for perfect attendance during a number of years, including a period from December 1978 to February 1988 in which he didn't take a day off for illness or injury, department records show.

His only listed discipline occurred last year, when he was reprimanded over the way a driver's license was returned to a citizen.

Abe and three officers became the subjects of internal investigations in March after an audit found dozens of DUI cases had been mishandled.

In a June 22 report, the department found that two officers in the DUI Unit routinely used a signature stamp without having a sergeant approve their arrests as required by department policy.

The third officer, John Velliquette Jr., put written statements in his reports attesting that his arrests had been approved by a sergeant even though no review had occurred, the report said.

The three officers were cleared of misconduct allegations involving honesty and arrest procedures after the OPA heard testimony that the practice pre-approving arrests had been going on for 20 to 25 years. Most area law-enforcement agencies do not require DUI arrest screening because suspects are generally released after processing, the OPA noted.

Although the allegations were not upheld, the three officers were ordered to undergo supervisory counseling and training for violating department policy.

Velliquette, in an April interview with a defense attorney representing a DUI defendant, said Abe's brother was dying of cancer at the time of the events under investigation, and that Abe was suffering from his own health problems, according to court documents.

Abe also "wasn't happy" when he was assigned to the DUI Unit in March 2010, Velliquette said, characterizing Abe's supervision as "not much."

Asked if Abe had screened arrests in person, Velliquette stated "not that I recall" and related that, in his opinion, supervision of the DUI officers had been lacking.

His statements were used by defense attorneys in another case, who sought dismissal of a DUI charge against their client or suppression of Velliquette's testimony.

A Seattle Municipal Court judge declined the requests Sept. 1 but said Velliquette could be cross-examined by the defense about his false statement that a sergeant had approved the arrest.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Former UW Football Player Sentenced to 1 Year for DUI

Reggie Rogers, a former Washington football standout and NFL defensive lineman, has been given another year in jail for his sixth conviction for drunken driving. Rogers was arrested in November at Highway 509 and Port of Tacoma Road in Tacoma.

Rogers, 45, will begin serving his latest sentence out of Tacoma in January, after he finishes the remainder of a two-year sentence for a 2009 conviction in Burien.

Tacoma Municipal Court Judge Elizabeth Verhey ordered Rogers to report to jail on Jan. 3. Verhey, however, set a hearing for Nov. 16 to hear evidence that jail could aggravate a back injury for which Rogers recently underwent spinal surgery.

Rogers was a defensive lineman and college basketball player at Washington. In football, he was a consensus All-American and won the Morris Trophy as the Pac-10's top defensive lineman. He was drafted in the first round by the NFL's Detroit Lions in 1987.

The following year, Rogers failed to stop at a red light while driving drunk in Pontiac, Mich., colliding at nearly 60 mph with another car and killing three teenage boys. He was convicted of negligent homicide and spent a year in prison.

Robert Willett, the father of the 18-year-old driver killed by Rogers in 1988, said Friday he thought the judge's sentence was too lenient, and thinks Rogers should be behind bars, back problem or no.

If you or a loved one is faced with a DUI charge in Western Washington, you deserve the assistance of a reputable and qualified Seattle DUI attorney who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI lawyer who has an intimate understanding of Washington BUI/ DUI laws and the legal issues that could win your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI attorney who is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution and aggressively fight for your rights and interests. SQ Attorneys is the right Western Washington DUI law firm for the job. Call for a free initial consultation – (206) 441.0900 (Seattle); (425) 998-8384 (Eastside) – it will be the best decision you make all day.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Tacoma Officer Justified in Fatal DUI Shooting

Pierce County prosecutors have ruled that a Tacoma officer was justified in fatally shooting a Gig Harbor man who pulled out a gun after being stopped for DUI.

On June 15, Officer Hannah Heilman was on her way home from work just after 2 a.m. when she noticed Lawrence Papineau driving his pickup truck erratically on Highway 302 near 97th Ave. NW.

When she pulled Papineau over, she could smell alcohol in the truck and went back to her cruiser to begin to process the driver's information.

Police said moments later, she noticed Papineau lean over and pull out a handgun. He then got out of the car and turned toward the officer.

Hannah fired one shot, striking Papineau in the stomach. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

"In the course of the traffic stop, the deceased brandished a gun and Officer Heilman acted lawfully to protect herself and others,” Prosecutor Lindquist said.

Police later said the man was armed with armor-piercing bullets. Investigators also found additional ammunition magazines and a copy of the Koran in his truck.

If you or a loved one is faced with a DUI charge in Western Washington, you deserve the assistance of a reputable and qualified Seattle DUI attorney who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI lawyer who has an intimate understanding of Washington DUI laws and the legal issues that could win your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI attorney who is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution and aggressively fight for your rights and interests. SQ Attorneys is the right Western Washington DUI law firm for the job. Call for a free initial consultation – (206) 441.0900 (Seattle); (425) 998-8384 (Eastside) – it will be the best decision you make all day.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

WSP Best in the Nation

The Washington State Patrol has been named by its peers as the top agency in North America when it comes to getting drunk drivers off the road, WSP announced on Friday.

The award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police recognizes an agency’s "year-round efforts to detect and apprehend impaired drivers and to address impaired driving through policies, officer training, and public information and education."

"We consider every DUI arrest a potential life saved," said State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste in a press release. "We never know which drunks will kill, but we know with certainty that some of them will."

State troopers arrest about 20,000 impaired drivers each, which is about half the number police agencies arrest statewide, according to WSP. If arrested for a DUI, contact the Seattle DUI Lawyers at SQ Attorneys immediately.

Troopers got some help Friday with the enactment of Hailey's Law, which requires the vehicles of people arrested for DUI be towed away and held for at least 12 hours.

The bill is named for Hailey Huntley, who was severely injured after her car was hit head-on by a drunk driver. Janine Parker, the arrested driver, had already been stopped once that night for DUI. A trooper had taken her home, where Parker had called a cab to take her back to her car. It was after she got behind the wheel again that she crashed into Huntley.

If you or a loved one is faced with a DUI charge in Western Washington, you deserve the assistance of a reputable and qualified Seattle DUI attorney who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI lawyer who has an intimate understanding of Washington DUI laws and the legal issues that could win your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI attorney who is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution and aggressively fight for your rights and interests. SQ Attorneys is the right Western Washington DUI law firm for the job. Call for a free initial consultation – (206) 441.0900 (Seattle); (425) 998-8384 (Eastside) – it will be the best decision you make all day.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Judge Denies Rubber Stamping Motion to Dismiss

A judge Thursday declined to dismiss a drunken-driving case or suppress the arresting officer's testimony despite the officer's admission that he violated Seattle police policy when he falsely stated his sergeant had screened the arrest.

Seattle Municipal Judge Steve Rosen ruled, the legal wrangling is "much ado about nothing." Lawyers for Luis Negrete-Ramos asked Rosen to dismiss the case or suppress the testimony because of the officer's action. Assistant City Attorney Matthew York opposed the request.

Rosen said evidence showed the action stemmed from a longstanding practice in which officers were given preapproval from their sergeants for routine driving-under-the influence (DUI) arrests.

The officer, John Velliquette Jr., a member of the DUI Unit, did not act recklessly or negligently, nor show bad faith toward Negrete-Ramos, Rosen said, rejecting defense arguments.

Sergeants are supposed to briefly examine suspects for injuries, Velliquette testified during the hearing.

Rosen, who watched patrol-car video of the arrest in court Thursday, said Velliquette's testimony may be used at trial, subject to cross-examination by the defense about his false statement.

His ruling, the first to stem from the controversy, likely will dissuade other defense attorneys from bringing similar requests. If charged with a DUI contact your Seattle DUI Lawyers at SQ Attorneys.

The court hearing grew out of a Seattle police internal investigation, which found that DUI arrests were routinely rubber-stamped or falsely certified without approval by a supervisor.

The internal investigation was launched in March after an audit found the mishandling of dozens of DUI cases.

A sergeant who allegedly permitted the improper screening has been under investigation.

The department found that two members of the DUI Unit routinely used the sergeant's signature stamp without having him approve their arrests as policy requires, according to an internal-investigation report.

Witnesses indicated the sergeant told the officers he had preapproved their arrests and offered his signature stamp, according to the report.

The three officers were cleared of misconduct allegations involving honesty and arrest procedures after the department's Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) heard testimony that the practice had been going on for 20 to 25 years and that most law-enforcement agencies do not require DUI arrest screening because most suspects are released after processing.

According to the report, the OPA also considered DUI officers the department's "experts in the identification, arrest, processing and courtroom presentation of evidence" and that "it is unnecessary to have a [sometimes] less knowledgeable sergeant reviewing their reports."

Although the allegations were not upheld, all three officers were ordered to undergo supervisory counseling and training for violating department policy. They were put on desk duty when the investigation began but have been returned to DUI patrols.

In March, DUI cases involving the three officers were put on hold pending the outcome of the internal investigation. The hold was lifted a few weeks ago, allowing the officers to testify subject to cross-examination.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Rubber Stamping Battle Continues

Seattle police have found that drunken-driving arrests were routinely rubber-stamped or falsely certified without approval by a supervisor, prompting one defendant to ask a judge to dismiss his case or suppress the arresting officer's testimony.

The department launched an internal investigation in March after an audit revealed the mishandling of dozens of driving-under-the-influence (DUI) cases.

A sergeant who allegedly permitted the improper screening remains under investigation
But the department has found that two members of the DUI Unit, Jonathon Huber and Jonathan Young Jr., routinely used the sergeant's signature stamp without having their arrests approved by him as required by policy, according to an internal-investigation report obtained by The Seattle Times.

A third officer, John Velliquette Jr., put written statements in his reports indicating his sergeant had screened his arrests, even though the sergeant had not actually reviewed the cases, the June 22 report said.

Witnesses indicated the sergeant told the officers he had "preapproved" their arrests and offered his signature stamp, according to the report.

The three officers were cleared of misconduct allegations involving honesty and arrest procedures after the department's Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) heard testimony that the practice had been going on for 20 to 25 years and that most law-enforcement agencies do not require DUI arrest screening because most suspects are released after processing.

Witnesses also said the stamp was used to satisfy data requirements and not to deceive.

According to the report, the OPA also considered DUI officers the department's "experts in the identification, arrest, processing and courtroom presentation of evidence" and that "it is unnecessary to have a [sometimes] less knowledgeable sergeant reviewing their reports."

Although the allegations were not upheld, all three officers were ordered to undergo supervisory counseling and training for violating the department's arrest-screening policy. They were put on desk duty when the investigation began, but they have been returned to DUI patrols.

The OPA originally found Velliquette had been dishonest and gone further than the other officers by submitting written information that was false. But Deputy Chief Nick Metz determined supervisory intervention was more appropriate. OPA Director Kathryn Olson concurred.

Supervisory intervention means that while there may have been a violation of policy, it was not a willful violation that amounted to misconduct, according to the department.

Seattle police declined to disclose the names of the officers or details of the internal investigation under a public-disclosure request filed by The Times, citing its policy of not releasing that information in cases where officers have been cleared of wrongdoing. If charged with a DUI, contact you Seattle DUI Lawyers at SQ Attorneys immediately.

If you or a loved one is faced with a DUI charge in Western Washington, you deserve the assistance of a reputable and qualified Seattle DUI attorney who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI lawyer who has an intimate understanding of Washington DUI laws and the legal issues that could win your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI attorney who is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution and aggressively fight for your rights and interests. SQ Attorneys is the right Western Washington DUI law firm for the job. Call for a free initial consultation – (206) 441.0900 (Seattle); (425) 998-8384 (Eastside) – it will be the best decision you make all day.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

License Suspended? Re-Licensing Program to the Rescue

Nearly 300,000 Washington drivers have had their licenses suspended for not paying multiple traffic tickets, and if they want to get them back, they have to run a gauntlet that includes collection agents and a patchwork system of courts.

Many have now turned to King County re-licensing court to begin to dig out of the mess they find themselves in. Like drug court, it's a diversion program for people who have been stopped by an officer while driving on a license that was suspended for failure to pay traffic tickets. If charged with Driving While License Suspended, contact your Seattle Criminal Lawyers at SQ Attorneys immediately.

Maggie Nave, head of the District Court unit of the King County Prosecutor's office, said re-licensing court frees up prosecutors for more serious cases. But it also gives a suspended driver a way to get their license back sooner.

After a driver makes a few payments, the court lifts the hold on his license, which means he can get it back while he continues to pay off his tickets.

Court administrators in King and Pierce counties say that in any year, up to 25 percent of traffic tickets end up in collections. Re-licensing court is a cheaper alternative, but it's only available in a few counties.

Judge Mark Eide presides over King County re-licensing court, but he has no authority to reduce and consolidate fines from most of the county's 39 cities, much less another county.

"It is rather inefficient to have people go to multiple different courts to try to take care of getting their license back," Eide said.

Suspended license cases consume a lot of court resources. One-third of misdemeanor court filings in Washington are for driving with a suspended license for failure to pay citations, according to a 2008 study by Washington's Office of Public Defense.

"It's a victimless crime and it's a crime of poverty," says Bob Boruchowitz, a former longtime public defender turned law professor at Seattle University.

He said there's evidence that minorities are more likely to have their licenses suspended for not paying their traffic fines.

Options include working off the ticket through community service, or getting on a payment plan.

Don Pierce, who heads the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, supports diversion programs, but not decriminalization. He said some scofflaws need the threat of jail.

"If we totally decriminalize they can simply tear the ticket up right in front of the officer's face and drive away and there's nothing we can do about it and I don't think that serves the general public," he said.

If you or a loved one is faced with a criminal charge in Western Washington, you deserve the assistance of a reputable and qualified Seattle criminal attorney who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle criminal defense lawyer who has an intimate understanding of Washington’s criminal laws and the legal issues that could win your case. You deserve a Seattle criminal lawyer who is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution and aggressively fight for your rights and interests. SQ Attorneys is the right Western Washington law firm for the job. Call for a free initial consultation – (206) 441.0900 (Seattle); (425) 998-8384 (Eastside) – it will be the best decision you make all day.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Arrested for DUI? Get your Car Impounded!

Those arrested for drunken driving will see their cars impounded in a new law that went into effect last Friday. If arrested for a DUI contact your Seattle DUI Lawyer at SQ Attorneys immediately.

There also is a mandatory 12-hour hold at towing companies before a vehicle can be released. It's all part of a new law passed by the Washington Legislature this year.

The 2011 Legislature passed the law after realizing that people released after being arrested for driving under the influence could quickly end up behind the wheel again, said the Washington State Patrol.

Because of limited jail space, when someone is arrested for suspicion of drunken driving they typically have been released to another adult or allowed to take a taxi home. But sometimes the driver would return to his or her car and drive away.

The State Patrol points to a 2007 incident where a jury awarded $5.5 million to a woman injured in a crash with a drunken driver. The judgment was against Whatcom County and the State Patrol.

The jury found the State Patrol negligent because the woman took a cab back to her car after being arrested for drunken driving. Then she was involved in an accident, seriously injuring another driver.

Under the new law, there are three exceptions to the 12-hour requirement: If the car is owned by someone other than the person arrested, the owner can reclaim the car at the impound lot; a registered co-owner can claim the car; and commercial and farm vehicles can be reclaimed by the legal owner if it's not the person arrested.

If you or a loved one is faced with a DUI charge in Western Washington, you deserve the assistance of a reputable and qualified Seattle DUI attorney who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI lawyer who has an intimate understanding of Washington DUI laws and the legal issues that could win your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI attorney who is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution and aggressively fight for your rights and interests. SQ Attorneys is the right Western Washington DUI law firm for the job. Call for a free initial consultation – (206) 441.0900 (Seattle); (425) 998-8384 (Eastside) – it will be the best decision you make all day.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

WSP Named Top Agency for DUI Arrests

The Washington State Patrol has been named by its peers as the top agency in North America when it comes to getting drunk drivers off the road, WSP announced on Friday.

The award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police recognizes an agency’s "year-round efforts to detect and apprehend impaired drivers and to address impaired driving through policies, officer training, and public information and education."

"We consider every DUI arrest a potential life saved," said State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste in a press release. "We never know which drunks will kill, but we know with certainty that some of them will."

State troopers arrest about 20,000 impaired drivers each, which is about half the number police agencies arrest statewide, according to WSP. If arrested for a DUI, contact the Seattle DUI Lawyers at SQ Attorneys immediately.

Troopers got some help Friday with the enactment of Hailey's Law, which requires the vehicles of people arrested for DUI be towed away and held for at least 12 hours.

The bill is named for Hailey Huntley, who was severely injured after her car was hit head-on by a drunk driver. Janine Parker, the arrested driver, had already been stopped once that night for DUI. A trooper had taken her home, where Parker had called a cab to take her back to her car. It was after she got behind the wheel again that she crashed into Huntley.

If you or a loved one is faced with a DUI charge in Western Washington, you deserve the assistance of a reputable and qualified Seattle DUI attorney who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI lawyer who has an intimate understanding of Washington DUI laws and the legal issues that could win your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI attorney who is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution and aggressively fight for your rights and interests. SQ Attorneys is the right Western Washington DUI law firm for the job. Call for a free initial consultation – (206) 441.0900 (Seattle); (425) 998-8384 (Eastside) – it will be the best decision you make all day.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Seafair Emphasis Patrol Begins!

Numerous agencies will once again use Mercer Island as their base for the annual emphasis DUI patrols on the roads and in the water for the Seafair hydroplane races and air show next weekend.

A temporary 60-foot dock is being installed at Proctor Landing as part of the facilities set up for the weekend. Also to be part of the complex are the Washington State Patrol’s Mobile Impaired Driving Unit, fenced-off areas for detention of those under the influence or for other crimes, a prisoner support vehicle to transport the worst offenders and a command center coordinating the patrols. Members of the King County Prosecutor’s Office will also be on scene to help with any legal issues and for case preparation. If you are arrested for a DUI in Seattle, contact the Seattle DUI Lawyer at SQ Attorneys immediately.

The efforts seem to be working. In 2010, There were 59 boating under the influence arrests (down from 148 in 2007 and 110 in 2009). But DUI numbers stayed steady, with 54 arrests in 2010 (there were 56 in 2007 and 53 in 2009).

Along with Mercer Island Police and Marine Patrol, other agencies that are part of the emphasis this year on Lake Washington are King County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol, Seattle Police and Harbor Patrol, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington State Patrol.

If you or a loved one is faced with a DUI charge in Western Washington, you deserve the assistance of a reputable and qualified Seattle DUI attorney who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI lawyer who has an intimate understanding of Washington DUI laws and the legal issues that could win your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI attorney who is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution and aggressively fight for your rights and interests. SQ Attorneys is the right Western Washington DUI law firm for the job. Call for a free initial consultation – (206) 441.0900 (Seattle); (425) 998-8384 (Eastside) – it will be the best decision you make all day.

Monday, July 25, 2011

New Changes Help Immigrants

A one-day reduction in the state's maximum sentence for a gross misdemeanor is expected to reduce the number of legal immigrants who face deportation, as new immigration laws went in to effect in Washington State.

The new state law, which came into effect Friday, reduces the maximum penalty from 365 to 364 days in jail for crimes such as drunken driving, harassment and low-level thefts and assaults.

Legal residents convicted of gross misdemeanors can still be arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and face a deportation hearing, but by changing the maximum sentence by one day judges will now have a chance to review the person's case, their life and hear about them. Any time a legal resident is sentenced to serve 365 days or more behind bars an immigration judge must sign off on deportation.

City Attorney Pete Holmes stated that legal residents have been punished too harshly for gross misdemeanors. For nearly a year, he has instructed lawyers in his office to handle the gross misdemeanor-sentencing structure with the top of the range being 364 days, to keep defendants from being deported.

Legal residents convicted of felonies and sentenced to less than 365 days in jail can face deportation depending on the crimes they committed. The sentencing change will not protect illegal immigrants.

If you or a loved one is cited, arrested, charged or being investigated for a crime, it is imperative that a Seattle criminal attorney be retained as soon as possible to ensure all personal, professional and financial interests are protected. Seattle criminal lawyers Greg Schwesinger and Saad Qadri of SQ Attorneys represent defendants and petitioners through all phases of their Washington State criminal case, including the investigatory stage. The Seattle criminal attorneys of SQ Attorneys are experienced and proven negotiators that make a world of difference for those accused of committing a crime. SQ Attorneys is a team of seasoned Seattle criminal lawyers that work tireless to achieve the best possible outcome for each and every client they have the honor of representing. Arrested 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, July 17, 2011

Mayor Wants Escorts to Show ID

Mayor Mike McGinn told the owner of the Seattle Weekly Friday to drop all of its advertisements for escort services until it sets up better standards for screening the ages of their advertised escort models.

McGinn continues to take a hard stance against the Weekly and parent company Village Voice Media for their affiliations to the classified website, backpage.com, which has been linked to multiple cases of child prostitution and sex trafficking.

McGinn demanded in the Friday meeting that Village Voice require all escort models to come in, in person with photo I.D., to establish that they are not underage. McGinn said this is a standard used by many other newspapers.

Last week, McGinn ordered all city departments to suspend advertising in Seattle Weekly. The city pulled just under $100,000 of advertising dollars from the Weekly, mostly ads for Seattle Center events.

Village Voice told the mayor it is not ready to accept his screening demands, but that they will think about it and get back to the city in a week or two.

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If you or a loved one is faced with a criminal charge in Western Washington, you deserve the assistance of a reputable and qualified Seattle criminal lawyer who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle criminal defense lawyer who has an intimate understanding of Washington’s criminal laws and the legal issues that could win your case. You deserve a Seattle criminal defense lawyer who is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution and aggressively fight for your rights and interests. SQ Attorneys is the right Western Washington law firm for the job. Call for a free initial consultation – (206) 441.0900 (Seattle); (425) 998-8384 (Eastside) – it will be the best decision you make all day.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Emphasis Patrol in Seattle

Weekend revelers heading out to sample Seattle's nightlife can expect to see more officers on the streets as patrols are added to hot spots around the city of Seattle. As a result, the number of DUI arrests have significantly increased.

Police are looking for people causing trouble - but officers say it's also about building trust. The purpose of this emphasis patrol has been visibility, and to ensure that possible trouble makers are aware that the police are in the area, ready to act if need be.

All too often crime creeps in the summer - so the Seattle Police Department just put 25 officers on late-night patrol in city neighborhoods that are hot spots for nightlife, including Belltown.

These aren't new positions, but a redeployment of officers from other departments including SWAT, traffic and DUI - beefing up patrols on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Police Department stepped up patrols in Belltown after a rash of crime last summer - including a fatal shooting outside a Belltown bar.

And just this week, vandals smashed out the windows of several businesses in the area.

"When you have a small area like this, and you throw in a high concentration of people who've been out partying all night, anything can go," says Depina.

She and Officer Bender will be out making sure everyone has a good time - at no one else's expense.

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Monday, July 4, 2011

DUI Crash Injures Trooper

Three people were injured, including a Washington State Patrol trooper, during a traffic stop on Interstate 405 late Thursday.

Trooper Michael Porter had stopped a silver BMW X3 for investigation of DUI about 11:45 p.m. at northbound I-405 near State Route 520. The trooper was arresting the driver of the BMW when a woman driving a green Acura Integra plowed into the back of his patrol car, which then was pushed into the back of the BMW.

Porter and the driver of the BMW, a 32-year-old man from Bellingham, were hit by the BMW when it was pushed forward. The driver of the Acura also was injured. All three were transported to Overlake Medical Center with potentially serious injuries, according to the state patrol. Porter injured his leg and has since been released.

The driver of the Acura, a 26-year-old woman from Shoreline, is under investigation for DUI and vehicular assault, the state patrol said. When you are arrested for a DUI, it is always good to contact a Seattle DUI Lawyer immediately in order to preserve your rights.

"We're very fortunate this morning to not have lost one of our troopers," Julie Startup, a spokeswoman with the state patrol, told KIRO-TV.

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Seattle Police Officer Injured in Accident

A police officer was seriously injured early Sunday morning when his patrol car slammed into a light pole after he swerved to avoid a taxi. Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt said the officer was on DUI emphasis patrol in downtown Seattle at about 12:30 a.m. when a number of calls went out for officers to respond to a disturbance on Capitol Hill. The Seattle DUI Lawyers at SQ Attorneys focus their practice on those accused of a DUI. The Seattle DUI Attorneys at SQ Attorneys have represented many individuals who have been arrested during the DUI emphasis patrol i downtown Seattle.

The officer was at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and University Street when he suddenly swerved to avoid hitting a taxicab.

The patrol car slammed into a light pole, and the officer was seriously injured in the crash, Witt said.

Medics responded and the officer was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. There were unconfirmed reports that he suffered a broken hip.

As of 6 a.m. Sunday, the officer was reported to be in stable condition.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Watch Out for the Party Patrol

If you’re underage and thinking about throwing a wild "kegger" in Pierce County, you should probably reevaluate your plans.

The county’s Party Intervention Patrol has been on a tear of late, shutting down multiple parties and arresting more than 50 people for minor in possession of alcohol, DUI and providing a house for an underage party. If you find yourself facing DUI charges, contact your Seattle DUI Lawyers at SQ Attorney for aggressive representation.

Although they won’t get into specifics, but the Party Intervention Patrol has plans to undergo nearly 20 more nights of patrols throughout the year and into early 2012. The Seattle DUI Attorneys at SQ Attorneys specialize in DUI's and will ensure that you are well protected.

While some teens might see the patrols as being the “fun police,” the 14 law enforcement agencies that make up the Party Intervention Patrol are serious about stemming the tide of teen injuries and deaths due to alcohol and drug use.

Here a bit more about the project from a county news release:

Before the Party Invention Patrols were started, an average of eight impaired teenagers died each year in vehicle crashes in Pierce County. Only one impaired teen driver died in 2010. Since 2007, Party Intervention Patrol officers have been credited with rescuing a teen suffering from alcohol poisoning who was left in a bath tub at a party, an impaired young driver found unconscious and slumped over the steering wheel in the middle of the road, and an underage girl found walking down railroad tracks after drinking with adults at a nearby bar.

Washington Underage drinking laws and Washington DUI laws are generally very tough. It is clear that the legislature plans on making these laws even tougher in the not so distant future. If you or a loved one is cited or charged with underage drinking and/or DUI in Western Washington it is imperative that a Seattle DUI attorney be retained as soon as possible to ensure all personal, professional and financial interests are protected. Seattle DUI Lawyers Greg Schwesinger and Saad Qadri of SQ Attorneys represent defendants and petitioners through all phases of their criminal case, whether DUI or otherwise. This includes not only fighting for the accused’s rights and interests at all criminal court proceedings, but also fighting for the accused’s driving privileges during an administrative telephonic hearing through the Washington State Department of Licensing. The Seattle DUI defense 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 underage drinking and/or 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.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Apple Inc. Says No to DUI

After pressure from four U.S. senators, Apple Inc. has said it will start rejecting iPhone applications that tip drivers off about police checkpoints for drunken driving.

Apple updated its app developer guidelines Wednesday to exclude such apps. On Thursday, some DUI apps were still available in the App Store, but Apple usually gives developers a chance to update their apps so they can conform to the new guidelines before booting them.

The apps often combine warnings about DUI checkpoints with warnings about speed traps and red-light cameras. Users of the applications help create the warnings by registering the locations.

An Apple spokesman had no comment on the change in the guidelines, and wouldn't say why the change was made.

Senators Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) asked Apple, Research In Motion Ltd., the maker of the BlackBerry, and Google Inc. to remove DUI-avoidance apps in March. RIM complied, but Google refused.

Google runs an application store for phones that use its Android software. The company places far fewer restrictions on application developers than Apple does.

Although Washington state no longer has police checkpoints as they have been deemed unconstitutional, the penalties for a DUI charge in WA are some of the toughest in the nation. The Seattle DUI Lawyers at SQ Attorneys focus their practice on DUI defense and should be immediately contacted upon arrest.

If you or a loved one is faced with a DUI charge in Seattle, Bellevue or some other city in Western Washington, you deserve the assistance of a reputable and qualified Seattle DUI lawyer who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI lawyer who has an intimate understanding of Washington DUI laws and the legal issues that can win your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI Attorney who is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution and aggressively fight for your rights and interests. SQ Attorneys is the right Western Washington DUI law firm for the job. Call for a free initial consultation – (206) 441.0900 (Seattle); (425) 998-8384 (Eastside) – it will be the best decision you make all day.

Monday, June 13, 2011

DUI Crash in Washington Patrol Office

A 52-year-old Skagit County man faces possible DUI charges after he crashed his scooter Saturday morning just a few steps away from the Washington State Patrol detachment in Burlington.

State troopers responded to the accident scene, on Josh Wilson Road at the Highway 11 intersection, at about 9:40 a.m. Saturday.

An investigation found that the man was heading east on Josh Wilson Road on a 2010 scooter when he struck the curb in the roundabout at Highway 11, the State Patrol reported. The scooter came to rest in the eastbound lane.The accident happened not more than a few feet away from the State Patrol office for the area, so troopers did not have far to go to get to the scene.

The man was not wearing a helmet. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment of injuries.

The State Patrol said alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash and that the man faces possible DUI charges when he is released from the hospital. The Seattle DUI Lawyers at SQ Attorneys focus their practice on DUI defense, in cases similar to such a case where a serious accident is involved. The Seattle DUI Attorneys are experienced in fighting such charges and defending your rights.

If you or a loved one is faced with a DUI charge in Seattle, Bellevue or some other city in Western Washington, you deserve the assistance of a reputable and qualified Seattle DUI lawyer who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI lawyer who has an intimate understanding of Washington DUI laws and the legal issues that can win your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI Attorney who is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution and aggressively fight for your rights and interests. SQ Attorneys is the right Western Washington DUI law firm for the job. Call for a free initial consultation – (206) 441.0900 (Seattle); (425) 998-8384 (Eastside) – it will be the best decision you make all day.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

DUI Court Coming To Town

A new form of court would give drunken drivers in Yakima County a chance at sobriety.
The county is expected to soon learn from the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission whether it will get the $150,000 in federal funding it is seeking to establish a DUI court for repeat offenders. The Seattle DUI Lawyers at SQ Attorneys specialize in fighting your DUI case and all other criminal charges in Washington.

If approved, the program would start in October, said Harold Delia, the county's court consultant. Proponents say providing treatment is key to breaking the arrest cycle. "We can't just keep locking these people up because it's not solving the problem," Delia said.

Yakima would become the fifth county in the state to form a DUI court, along with Clark, Grant, Spokane and Thurston. The grant would provide funding for up to three years, after which the county would have to seek other sources to continue the program.

Yakima County has a significant problem with drinking and driving, despite continued campaigns to push down the problem. According to the grant application, Yakima County is seventh in population but fourth in the number of deaths related to impaired driving.

In 2009, the Washington State Patrol district that includes Yakima had 51 fatality collisions, more than any of the patrol's seven other districts. Nearly two-thirds of those deaths were in Yakima County.

Other statistics suggest that repeat offenders make up a significant portion of the DUI caseload in Yakima County District Court. Over a four-year period through 2010, 43 percent of the nearly 9,000 drivers charged with DUI or being at the wheel while intoxicated had a previous DUI-related conviction, according to the county. If facing such charges contact the Seattle DUI Attorney at SQ Attorneys.

A DUI court would put only a small dent in the problem. That's because of the cost of supplying treatment and the range of other services that would be provided to the group of about 30 participants.

The focus would be on outpatient treatment, with a few slots available for inpatient treatment, if needed. Only misdemeanor offenders would be considered for the program, meaning vehicular-assault or homicide defendants would not qualify.

Anyone with a conviction or pending charge for a violent crime, sex offense or drug-dealing would not be considered, either.

Participants in the DUI court would have to plead guilty and serve their mandatory minimum jail time.

The DUI court would take 12 to 18 months to complete. Compliance would be monitored through an alcohol-detecting ankle bracelet and urine tests.

The goal, Delia said, is to help the participants reach a point where they have stopped drinking, not just learned to avoid getting behind the wheel when hammered.

Ellen Goodman, the director of Thurston County's DUI court, said DUI offenders tend to have more stable lives than those in drug court, after which the DUI court is modeled.

Unlike those in drug court, a DUI conviction remains on the person's record even if the individual completes the program. Treatment can be difficult for many to obtain, making that aspect one of the greatest benefits, say supporters.

"They actually avoid sitting in jail for an entire year, so they are able to maintain their lives and their jobs and their families — and also get great treatment," Goodman said.

If you or a loved one is faced with a DUI charge in Seattle, Bellevue or some other city in Western Washington, you deserve the assistance of a reputable and qualified Seattle DUI lawyer who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI defense lawyer who has an intimate understanding of Washington DUI laws and the legal issues that can win your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI Attorney who is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution and aggressively fight for your rights and interests. SQ Attorneys is the right Western Washington DUI law firm for the job. Call for a free initial consultation – (206) 441.0900 (Seattle); (425) 998-8384 (Eastside) – it will be the best decision you make all day.

Monday, May 30, 2011

SPD Officers Injured While Responding to Assault Against Trooper

Two Seattle police officers received minor injuries when they crashed into each other on their way to help a state patrol trooper in distress. A trooper spotted a man walking on the eastbound lanes of SR-520 near Montlake just after noon on Sunday, said patrol spokesperson Julie Startup.

The trooper approached the man to escort him off the freeway, but the man became combative. The trooper called for assistance, and several Seattle police officers raced to the scene to help out.

But while en route, two patrol cars collided at the intersection of 12th Ave. E. and East John Street on Capitol Hill, said Jeff Kappel with Seattle Police. Both officers, a man and woman, were taken to Harborview Medical Center to be checked out, and were released Sunday afternoon, Seattle police said.

Meanwhile, other units responded to Montlake and were able to help the trooper take the pedestrian into custody. The pedestrian was sent to a medic to be checked out; the trooper was not seriously hurt.

Startup says the pedestrian could face charges of criminal trespassing, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

Because of the significant implications a criminal arrest and/or conviction can have, it is imperative that a person charged with a crime in Washington State immediately retain a qualified Seattle Criminal lawyer or a qualified Bellevue Criminal lawyer. In many instances, a qualified Seattle criminal lawyer can significantly reduce the impact that a criminal charge will have on an individual’s life. The right Seattle criminal attorney will be worth his/her weight in gold when protecting a person’s rights, freedom and future. The Seattle criminal attorneys that make up the litigation team of SQ Attorneys are dedicated to defending those accused of drunk driving. They have the experience, knowledge and resources to successfully defend your case. Unlike other law firms that practice in many areas of the law, SQ Attorneys is focused on criminal defense representation with an emphasis on criminal defense in Western Washington.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Drunk Driver Hits Trooper

A suspected drunk driver slammed into the rear of a Washington State Patrol car early Saturday as the trooper was pulled over to arrest another driver on suspicion of DUI in Washington.

The incident happened at about 3:30 a.m. on Highway 167 just south of 37th Street NW after a trooper pulled over a white Ford Focus driven by a 36-year-old Auburn woman on suspicion of DUI.

The trooper had placed the woman in the back seat of his patrol car to arrest her, then got into the front seat of his car to wait for a tow truck. Just then, a red 1990 BMW driven by a 24-year-old Auburn woman crashed into the rear of the trooper's car as it was parked on the right shoulder of the highway with its lights flashing.

The trooper and the first DUI driver sustained minor injuries in the crash, and were taken to Auburn General Hospital where he was read his rights and given an opportunity to speak to a Seattle DUI Lawyer. The driver of the BMW was arrested and booked into King County jail on suspicion of DUI.

If you or a loved one is faced with a criminal charge in Western Washington, you deserve the assistance of a reputable and qualified Seattle criminal defense attorney who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle criminal defense lawyer who has an intimate understanding of Washington’s criminal laws and the legal issues that could win your case. You deserve a Seattle criminal defense lawyer who is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution and aggressively fight for your rights and interests. SQ Attorneys is the right Western Washington law firm for the job. Call for a free initial consultation – (206) 441.0900 (Seattle); (425) 998-8384 (Eastside) – it will be the best decision you make all day.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bad News Bars

It's a list local businesses don't want to make: the bars, clubs and restaurants linked to the most DUI in Washington state, resulting in those individuals have to contact a Seattle DUI Lawyer.

Every time a driver is arrested for DUI, troopers always ask, "Where were you drinking?" Troopers then enter the answer into a database to track which bars come up the most. The Seattle DUI Attorney at SQ Attorneys are well aware of these bars and issues that may result when a DUI is processed out of these specified bars.

So far this year, more people pulled over for drunk driving have said they were drinking at J.R. Phinickey's Steakhouse in Marysville over any other bar in the state.

Tulalip Resort Casino ranks second statewide, followed by Yella Beak Saloon and the Jet Bar and Grill. Susie's is responsible for the fifth most DUIs in Washington, followed by Snoqualmie Casino and Lady Luck's in Tacoma. if charged with a DUI, contact the Seattle DUI Lawyer at SQ Attorneys immediately to protect your rights.

State patrol says this list in one tool they use to stop overserving and other dangerous trends in their tracks.

"So they can see if these bars are continuing to overserve and they can take enforcement efforts on their part," said Sgt. Ken Denton of Washington State Patrol.

Like many bar owners, some believe that troopers camp outside waiting for customers to leave. His staff has even taken video of patrol cars pacing back and forth outside. Denton says troopers do saturate areas that show a pattern of problems, and they don't hide the fact they are there to make sure businesses operate responsibly.

"And we would make sure the public was very well aware of hey we're watching this area. This needs to stop," said Denton. The DUI list is not admissible in court, since it relies on suspected drunk drivers' words.

If you or a loved one is faced with a DUI charge in Western Washington, you deserve the assistance of a reputable and qualified Seattle DUI attorney who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI lawyer who has an intimate understanding of Washington DUI laws and the legal issues that could win your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI defense attorney who is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution and aggressively fight for your rights and interests. SQ Attorneys is the right Western Washington DUI law firm for the job. Call for a free initial consultation – (206) 441.0900 (Seattle); (425) 998-8384 (Eastside) – it will be the best decision you make all day.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

The New Breath Test

A new round of legal challenges could be on tap for a DUI in Washington state.

The state is upgrading its breathalyzer machines, and defense lawyers are ready to pick apart this latest technology. The new state-of-the-art tool could stir legal challenges over perceived shortcomings. Contact the Seattle DUI Lawyer at SQ Attorneys for more information on these tests.

The Drager Alcotest 95-10 boasts several improvements over the breathalyzer the state currently uses, including two ways to ensure testing accuracy and touch-screen entry of information troopers track.

"Things such as drinking location, the establishment where they told us they were drinking, (whether there was a) collision involved," said Sgt. Ken Denton.

Cross-referencing such data can help troopers saturate areas that come up as problem spots. But not everyone is a believer as the Seattle DUI Lawyers at SQ Attorneys will be fighting for your rights in challenging this new breath test.

Denton says Washington State Patrol has tested and re-tested the Drager, and is confident it is accurate and reliable. But he knows it may still be an issue in court."I doubt very seriously that this is going to be the end of all court argument," he said, adding defense attorneys would file challenges, no matter what technology gets adopted. Drager could not be reached for comment.

If you or a loved one is faced with a DUI charge in Western Washington, you deserve the assistance of a reputable and qualified Seattle DUI attorney who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI lawyer who has an intimate understanding of Washington DUI laws and the legal issues that could win your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI defense attorney who is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution and aggressively fight for your rights and interests. SQ Attorneys is the right Western Washington DUI law firm for the job. Call for a free initial consultation – (206) 441.0900 (Seattle); (425) 998-8384 (Eastside) – it will be the best decision you make all day.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Seattle Police Officer Gets DUI

A Seattle police sergeant was arrested April 3 on suspicion of DUI in Washington, his second such arrest in six years.

Sgt. Scott Moss was driving north on Interstate 405 near Newcastle when he was pulled over at 5:05 a.m., said Trooper Cliff Pratt, a spokesman for the State Patrol. When facing a DUI charge in Washington, contact the Seattle DUI Lawyer at SQ Attorneys.

Moss, 41, was driving his personal vehicle, a blue Jeep Cherokee, and a trooper saw it drifting back and forth between the far right lane and the freeway's shoulder, Pratt said. The trooper smelled intoxicants after approaching Moss, a 16-year veteran of the department who served as a department public-information officer several years ago.

Moss' blood alcohol content (BAC) was measured at .069 and .075 percent, according to Pratt. Though that was below the legal limit of 0.08, Pratt noted that the tests weren't performed until well over 1 ½ hours after Moss' arrest, though the reason for the delay was not immediately known.

Moss, who is assigned to the West Precinct, was taken to the Issaquah City Jail for processing, then released to a Seattle police commander.

Police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb confirmed that the department's Office of Professional Accountability has opened an investigation as a result of the arrest. Moss has not been reassigned and continues to work as a patrol sergeant, he said.

Moss was arrested in 2005 in Bremerton on investigation of DUI in Washington, a charge later amended to first-degree negligent driving. After his arrest, Moss was removed from his job as a department spokesman.

In March 2009, Moss was charged with second-degree assault, accused of cutting his wife's thumb with a kitchen knife during an argument, according to court records. A King County Superior Court jury acquitted Moss of that charge.

If you or a loved one is faced with a DUI charge in Western Washington, you deserve the assistance of a reputable and qualified Seattle DUI attorney who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI lawyer who has an intimate understanding of Washington DUI laws and the legal issues that could win your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI defense attorney who is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution and aggressively fight for your rights and interests. SQ Attorneys is the right Western Washington DUI law firm for the job. Call for a free initial consultation – (206) 441.0900 (Seattle); (425) 998-8384 (Eastside) – it will be the best decision you make all day.