Sunday, April 24, 2011

Security Measures Taken by Dispensary's

With medical marijuana dispensaries spreading throughout Western Washington - and the fate of a bill to regulate them in doubt - more and more of the pot outlets are being targeted by thieves. Many of these thieves are being arrested and investigated, and a few have been represented by the Seattle Criminal Lawyers of SQ Attorneys.

But at least one new dispensary has spent tens of thousands of dollars to make sure the staff and patients are safe at all times. The result is something that resembles a bank more than a store.

With cameras in one corner, an 1,800-pound safe in another and a layer of bullet-proof glass between patients and staffers who dispense the drug - it's a marijuana fortress. The Seattle Criminal Attorneys would recommend all dispensary's to also take such measures in protecting their business.

Security measures include a safe room with bullet-proof pass-through boxes to hand over pot. The heightened security is something that dispensary's learned from incidents like the one in which two men attacked a worker at a Fremont dispensary about five months ago.

In that incident, the suspects climbed through an opening between the office and the lobby, raided the safe, and beat up a worker. Double bars on the skylight are being placed, to make sure no one could get through. They've also installed motion detectors and more. The dispensary even added an extra level of security by sharing a parking lot with a nearby bank.

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 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 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, April 18, 2011

Regulation of Medical Marijuana Being Vetoed

Seattle Criminal Lawyers along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington has been urging state senators to ignore Gov. Chris Gregoire's threat to veto a bill that would set up a regulated medical marijuana dispensary system.

The House and Senate have passed legislation to license dispensaries making it easier for Seattle Criminal Attorneys to advise clients of the medical marijuana laws in Washington State.

But after a warning from federal prosecutors of arrest liability for employees who break federal law, Gregoire said she'd veto legislation that requires state workers to implement a licensing system.

The legislative director of the ACLU says the federal government has never prosecuted anyone who complies with state laws that license and regulate medical marijuana. Nevertheless, numerous dispenseries have been shut down and have sought the services of a Seattle Criminal Lawyer.

In a letter to senators, the ACLUS stated that the measure contains important tools for local governments. Furthermore, Washington residents want the state, and not the federal government, to make medical marijuana laws.

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 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 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, April 10, 2011

Bar Pays Up After DUI Crash

A Pierce County mother has won a recent battle against a pair of bars that allegedly served a drunk driver who killed her teenage daughter. After several years of legal fighting, her family has reached an out-of-court settlement that should come as a wake-up call to other places that serve booze. The Seattle DUI Lawyers at SQ Attorneys handle DUI's across Western Washington.

The accident occurred four and half years ago at a Highway 7 intersection near Spanaway Lake where the fatal crash took place. A man who was too drunk to drive slammed into another car, killing 19-year-old Cassandra Clay.

Clevan Derrer was convicted of DUI in Washington after the October 2006 crash. Cassandra Clay's boyfriend, 20-year Shane Bender, was also killed.

The intoxicated driver apparently had been at a bar in Spanaway, and one in Tacoma, the night of the crash. After years of legal wrangling, Caroline Clay says - in her mind - those two places finally admitted wrongdoing, by agreeing to an undisclosed financial settlement worked out between attorneys and insurance companies.

She says better training is needed, and that owners, bartenders and wait staff should never serve people who have clearly had too much.

"Over-serving is a big issue," she says. "There is a law on the books that says you have to cut people off, and it's not happening." Some of the settlement money will now be used to turn the family's den into a memorial that celebrates Cassandra's life and her love of dolphins. The families of the two victims will share the settlement money.

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.

Monday, April 4, 2011

What is a Drug DUI?

DUI cases involving prescription drugs are often dependent on an officer's subjective assessment of the driver's intoxication.

Police officers often initiate traffic stops for minor traffic violations in order to speak with the driver of the vehicle and look for signs of intoxication. When faced with a drug DUI in Washington, contact the Seattle DUI Lawyers at SQ Attorneys.

If an officer detects an odor of alcohol when interviewing the driver, field sobriety and breathalyzer tests are likely forthcoming. Field sobriety tests are often administered incorrectly and the results can be skewed by an officer's preconceived notions about a driver's sobriety. In most cases, the field sobriety tests create further suspicion and the driver is taken to the police station for blood testing or urinalysis. The Washington DUI Attorney at SQ Attorneys, can navigate through the criminal justice system and get the best results for you.

What if an officer suspects a driver of driving under the influence of prescription drugs? Objective indications of drug intoxication are less apparent than some external suggestions of drunkenness. Police and highway patrol do not have well-developed methods for testing a person for Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Oxycodone, Percocet or other opiates. Quantifying the amount of a substance is ultimately crucial to providing legal proof that the suspect was operating an automobile while in an impaired state. A DRE (Drug Recognition Expert) is needed to process the drug DUI in Washington.

As in all criminal matters, DUI prosecutors must prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. An objective measure of a driver's blood-alcohol content can be held up against the statutory threshold of intoxication (in Washington, that means .08 percent or above). Other drugs such as marijuana, heroin and cocaine are subject to assessment of metabolites and other quantifiable measures. But so-called drugged driving cases involving prescription drugs are often more dependent on an officer's subjective observations of the driver's condition.

A Seattle DUI attorney job in any intoxicated driving case is to protect the client by holding the prosecution to their burden of proof. One important strategy is to closely review the officer's report of field sobriety test administration and look for indications that the tests were improperly conducted or subject to distractions. Many times, the drugs a driver is accused of abusing were legally prescribed by a physician and were taken for legitimate ailments. Even in cases where the prosecution has objective evidence of a driver's intake of a prescription drug, an attorney may be able to convince the court that a driver's ability was not seriously affected.

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.