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.

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, 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.