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SQ Attorneys is a partnership of Seattle criminal defense attorneys that vigorously fight for each and every client that we have the privilege and honor of representing.

Criminal Lawyer - Can I Defend Myself from a Criminal Charge?

Criminal Lawyer – Can I Defend Myself from a Criminal Charge?

Let’s discuss defending yourself against a criminal charge. Defending yourself is no easy matter. You must understand the elements of the crime that you have been charged with and see what defenses you may have against the various elements. You do not need to defend against all of the elements, as it only takes a reasonable doubt by the jury for one of them. Every case is different, but here are…

Criminal Lawyer - What is an unlawful killing?

Criminal Lawyer – What is an unlawful killing?

We here at SQ Attorneys handle all criminal matters, from simple theft charges, to driving under the influence, to murder cases! Let us discuss the different types of charges that one can face upon a killing of another. There are a numerous legal categories under the topic of the unlawful killing of another person:  felony first-degree murder, felony second-degree murder, (in some states…

Criminal Lawyer - Can an Officer Search My Vehicle?

Criminal Lawyer – Can an Officer Search My Vehicle?

We here at SQ Attorneys ensure that we look in to each and every legal issue that can be identified when representing our clients. A common question that is often asked, is whether a police officer can legally search ones vehicle. Typically, the answer is yes. This is usually dependent on whether the police officer has probable cause to believe a crime has been committed and is able to seek a…

DUI Lawyer - What are Open Container Laws?

DUI Lawyer – What are Open Container Laws?

Having a driver’s license in the State of Washington is a privilege and not a right. Anyone with a driver’s license should know that drivers are not permitted to drive while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The question that often arises is whether a passenger can drink alcohol in a car? Usually they are not but the answer can depend on specific state and local laws. Most states…

Seattle DUI Lawyer - What is a Field Sobriety Test?

Seattle DUI Lawyer – What is a Field Sobriety Test?

We here at SQ Attorneys focus our practice on Driving Under the Influence charges. When detained on a DUI charge, one of the questions that will be asked is whether you want to submit to a field sobriety test, or otherwise known as the FST. Field sobriety tests, are used to enforce DUI laws and usually precede Breathalyzer tests. A police officer typically performs a three-part field sobriety…

Criminal Attorney - What the Heck Is Homicide by Abuse!!??

Criminal Attorney – What the Heck Is Homicide by Abuse!!??

The state of Washington has a very narrow category of homicide that is age-specific. Known as “homicide by abuse,” a person can commit this crime when, under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to human life, but not necessarily creating a grave risk of death, a person causes the death of a vulnerable individual. Under the statute the defendants must have been previously engaged in…

Criminal Lawyer - How Do I Get Out of Jail?

Criminal Lawyer – How Do I Get Out of Jail?

Upon an arrest in the State of Washington, there is probably just one thing going through your head, which is getting out! This is generally accomplished by posting “bail,” which usually consists of cash or a piece of property with cash value that you give to the court in return for your promise to show up to court when ordered to do so. If you do, the court will return your bail. However, if you…

What is Money Laundering?

The Money Laundering Control Act of 1986 prohibits individuals from engaging in financial transactions with the proceeds of certain crimes. In this context “financial transaction” was defined very broadly, including transferring money from one private individual to another.

Criminal Lawyer – Cocaine Possession in Washington

Cocaine is an illegal drug in all states, with separate charges for possession, sale, and trafficking. Washington cocaine laws are similar to those in other states. Simple possession can result in a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Defendants with relatively clean criminal records may qualify for a first-time offender waiver in their county or jurisdiction. This allows offenders to enter a drug treatment program, perform community service, and serve probation instead of prison time.

In the state of Washington, drug court is a court that has special calendars or dockets designed to work with non-violent offenders to reduce repeat crimes and substance abuse by increasing their likelihood for successful rehabilitation. The offender will need to complete judicially-supervised treatment, mandatory periodic drug testing, and the use of appropriate sanctions and incentives.

Once in drug court, whether a defendant is allowed to resolve a case through treatment depends upon a number of factors. The minimum requirements are: 1) You would benefit from substance abuse treatment, 2) You have not previously been convicted of a serious violent offense or sex offense, and/or 3) You are not currently charged with or convicted of a sex offense; serious, violent offense; an offense involving the use a firearm; or an offense that caused substantial bodily harm or death to another person.

Drug dealers, beware. Cocaine is considered a “narcotic drug” under Washington State criminal laws. Why is that important? Simply put, if you are charged with the manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to deliver (sales) cocaine in Washington State you are facing a B felony, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

If you or a loved one is in a bind as a result of a criminal charge, immediately contact a Seattle Criminal Attorney. A Criminal lawyer is not going to judge you and understands that everyone makes mistakes. Hiring a Seattle Criminal Lawyer to help can – at a minimum – reduce penalties, and can help direct people on how to best deal with their criminal charge, and many times even get them dismissed. So, it should go without saying that someone cited for a misdemeanor or felony should hire a qualified Seattle Criminal Lawyer as soon as possible. Criminal charges can cause havoc on a person’s personal and professional life. Anyone charged with a crime in Washington State should immediately seek the assistance of a seasoned Seattle Criminal Lawyer.

Criminal Lawyer - Criminal Background for Juvenile Defendants

Criminal Lawyer – Criminal Background for Juvenile Defendants

When juveniles commit crimes, whether it’s shoplifting or assault and battery, their cases are typically heard in juvenile court, where the emphasis is on counseling and rehabilitation versus hard time. The common belief is that juveniles still have a lot of time to mature and become functioning members of society, along with concerns that adult prisons are no place for a minor. In the eyes of…

Corporal punishment means intentionally causing physical pain to a student, but is corporal punishment allowed in Washington? In 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed the legality of disciplinary corporal punishment in public schools. It was outlawed in Washington in 1994. But, the ban on corporal punishment does not include situations where a school staff person uses physical force necessary to maintain order or to prevent a student from harming himself or herself, other students, school staff, or property. Read on as Saad breaks down more on corporal punishment in one of his latest blog posts.

Ordering a Police Report

As we meet with new clients each and every day, we at SQ Attorneys hear a common question: “How do I get a copy of my incident report?”

Well, the answer is actually quite simple.

Criminal Lawyer - What is Money Laundering?

Criminal Lawyer – What is Money Laundering?

In the United States, a number of laws have been passed in order to prevent and punish money laundering activities. These laws were initially intended for use in combating the Mafia and other criminal organizations, though the focus subsequently shifted to the war on drugs, and later to anti-terrorist activity. The first such laws arose in the 1970s. The Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) refers to a series…

Criminal Lawyer - Cocaine Possession in Washington

Criminal Lawyer – Cocaine Possession in Washington

Cocaine is an illegal drug in all states, with separate charges for possession, sale, and trafficking. Washington cocaine laws are similar to those in other states. Simple possession can result in a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Defendants with relatively clean criminal records may qualify for a first-time offender waiver in their county or jurisdiction. This allows…

Cyberbullying has become a widespread problem over the past several years. There are ways you can help lessen the chances of your child becoming a victim. Establish rules about the appropriate use of computers, cell phones, and other technology. Be clear about what sites they can visit and what they are permitted to do when they’re online. Show them how to be safe online. Help them be smart about what they post or say. Tell them not to share anything that could hurt or embarrass themselves or others.

DUI News

The 911 calls started coming in around 9:30PM on September 20th. Callers said a Toyota sedan was striking cars on our downtown roadways. Ultimately, the sedan crashed through a storefront window and remained in place. Officers arrived and arrested the man. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center where his blood was drawn and the samples will be tested.

Criminal Lawyer - Is Corporal Punishment Allowed in Washington?

Criminal Lawyer – Is Corporal Punishment Allowed in Washington?

Often times, we here at SQ Attorneys may receive a phone call from a parent inquiring about whether corporal punishment is allowed in Washington. Corporal punishment refers to the use of physical force — such as slapping, spanking, or hitting — as a means of discipline. Many states still allow public school teachers and administrators to use corporal punishment. In 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court…

Credit card fraud law establishes criminal penalties for the deceptive or unauthorized use of another person’s credit card account in an attempt to steal money, goods, or services. Washington state has several criminal laws that relate to credit and debit card fraud. Essentially these crimes fall into two categories. The first category relates to crimes when the credit card is physically present. The second category refers to crimes when the credit card isn’t physically present, but a victim’s credit card number is used without his/her consent.

“Card present” crimes are those in which the victim’s physical credit card has been stolen. This category also includes schemes to apply for new credit cards in the victim’s name, or to change the address on the victim’s account and then request replacement cards. No matter how it happens, the criminal comes into possession of the card itself, and then uses it for purchases or cash advances.

All other types of credit card fraud fall under the category of “card not present” crimes. As the name suggests, these schemes do not require the criminal to have the victim’s physical card, just the credit card number is enough. The fraud is accomplished by recording the credit card number and other identifying information so it can be used online, over the phone, or in some other way that does not require the card to be swiped at the point of sale. These types of crimes are typically prosecuted along with identity theft.

Criminal Lawyer - What is a Cyber Crime?

Criminal Lawyer – What is a Cyber Crime?

The state laws in the United States identify a number of different crimes that can be committed with a computer or by those that have access to a network. Computer crimes may include hacking into a secure network to steal credit card numbers or damaging a computer system with a denial-of-service attack. Laws concerning computer crimes have been enacted at both the state and federal levels. In…