Sunday, June 23, 2013
A suspected drunk driver handed police a can of beer when they asked for his driver's license and then claimed to be an assassin for the U.S. government after officers stopped him last week in Kent. The bizarre incident unfolded on the evening of June 8 as officers responded to a 7-Eleven parking lot after receiving 911 calls about a drunk driver, said Assistant Chief Pat Lowery of the Kent police. Arriving at the scene, officers spotted the man walking out of the store toward his car with a can of beer in his hand. Several witnesses told police they had seen the man drive into the parking lot and became concerned when they saw how drunk he appeared to be. But when officers asked the man for his driver's license, he said he didn't have to cooperate in any way and then handed the officers the can of beer, Lowery said.He said officers were somewhat surprised by that. "When you ask somebody for a driver's license, you're not expecting a can of beer, that's for sure," he said. But that's not all. The suspected drunk driver then went on to make several claims that he was a paid assassin for the U.S. government and that he had killed several people on behalf of the government. "Based on his physical demeanor, his physical condition, he was obviously intoxicated, so the officer placed him under arrest for DUI," Lowery said. While talking with the man, later identified as Omar Medina, 26, officers also learned that he had three previous DUI arrests and that his license had been revoked. He was placed under arrest on suspicion of felony DUI and driving with a suspended license. Lowery said this was a great example of the public alerting the police to a potentially dangerous situation and working with officers to avert the danger. "And because of that, we potentially avoided a very serious traffic accident, likely injuries or death," Lowery said. "Mr. Medina was very intoxicated, based on what I've seen in the report. There's no doubt he could have caused a great deal of trouble." Getting a DUI has never been more serious. Now more than ever it is imperative that a person charged with DUI in Washington State retain a qualified Seattle DUI attorney or a qualified Bellevue DUI lawyer in order to best minimize potential legal consequences and protect their rights and interests. The Seattle criminal attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified Seattle DUI lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those charged with DUI in Western Washington. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the DUI allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible. If you or a loved one is cited for, or charged with, DUI in King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County, Kitsap County, Thurston County or one of the following cities or towns: Algona, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bonney Lake, Bothell, Burien, Des Moines, Duvall, Edmonds, Enumclaw, Everett, Federal Way, fife, Hunts Point, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Lake Stevens, Lakewood, Lynnwood, Maple Valley, Marysville, Medina, Mercer Island, Milton, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, New Castle, Normandy Park, North Bend, Olympia, Puyallup, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Sea Tac, Seattle, Shoreline, Snohomish, Sumner, Tacoma, Tukwila, University Place, and/or Woodinville, or any other city or town in Western Washington, call The Criminal Defense Team of SQ Attorneys at (206) 441-0900 for an initial free consultation.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
As many as 1,000 concerned Sammamish, WA parents gathered on Monday night for a community meeting to discuss why their teenagers are so troubled. Two big issues set the meeting in motion. The first is the alarming teenage suicide rate in Sammamish, and the second is high number of kids who are drinking or drugging and then getting behind the wheel of a car. Local police first spotted the DUI trend and say it has stayed consistent for years. There's concern the area's affluence may be part of the problem, mixing busy parents and children with too much disposable income and spare time. There's also the high suicide rate, which seems out of line for a city the size of Sammamish. "We've just had this rash of teen suicides in our community. We've had four in this community in this last year," said pastor Jeff Lancicome. Lancicome said the trends are headed in a direction the community doesn't want to go, and he's organizing a Monday night meeting for parents to get to the heart of the problems and find solutions. Police are doing what they can, including a recent sting that caught seven stores selling alcohol to minors. Safeway racked up its first offense, but Rite Aid and a local restaurant recorded their second citations in as many years,. Getting a DUI has never been more serious. Now more than ever it is imperative that a person charged with DUI in Washington State retain a qualified Seattle DUI attorney or a qualified Bellevue DUI lawyer in order to best minimize potential legal consequences and protect their rights and interests. The Seattle criminal attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified Seattle DUI lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those charged with DUI in Western Washington. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the DUI allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
When Dusty, a 19-month-old black Labrador, walked past a pipe full of marijuana during a recent police search of a house, he was doing exactly what his handler hoped. The newest drug-sniffing dog on the police force in Bremerton, near Seattle, is one of a few police dogs in Washington state that are not trained to point out pot during searches. Other police departments are considering or in the midst of re-training their dogs to ignore pot as well, part of the new reality in a state where voters last fall legalized marijuana use. Police departments in Bremerton, Bellevue and Seattle, as well as the Washington State Patrol, have either put the dogs through pot desensitization training or plan not to train them for marijuana detection. The law decriminalized possession of up to an ounce of the drug for individuals over 21 years old. It also barred the distribution and growth of marijuana outside the state-approved system. Police say that having a K-9 unit that doesn't alert to pot will lessen challenges to obtaining search warrants because the dog won't be pointing out possible legal amounts of the drug. Traditionally, dogs are trained to alert on the smell of marijuana, heroin, crack cocaine, methamphetamine and cocaine. They can't tell which one it is or how much of each there is. In December, the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys told officers in a guidance memo that dogs that alert on pot face limitations when a search warrant is sought but those are "not fatal to a determination of probable cause." The group instructed officers to point out that the dog was trained to smell pot and how that is relevant to other information when they seek a warrant, and that a "narcotics-trained canine's alert will still be relevant to the probable cause equation." In Pierce County, however, prosecutor Mark Lindquist said authorities are being cautious about the new law because judges might excise the dog sniff from their analysis of probable cause. He's also not convinced dogs can be re-trained. "We'll need new dogs to alert on substances that are illegal," he said. In January, the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission removed detecting marijuana from its canine team certification standards. The change doesn't prohibit trainers from doing so, but it's not required anymore. But some police departments aren't making any changes. And some observers say that a state Supreme Court decision in 2010 in which the justices sided against medical marijuana patients who argued police officers no longer had probable cause to immediately arrest or investigate due to the legalization of medical pot. If you or a loved one is charged with a criminal offense in Washington State, it is imperative that you seek the assistance of a qualified and reputable Seattle criminal attorney. The Seattle criminal attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified and reputable Seattle criminal defense lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those arrested for crime all across Western Washington and the Greater Puget Sound region. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the criminal allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible in light of all the surrounding circumstances of the given case.