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.

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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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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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