The IID

In today’s society there is a growing problem of people driving while under the influence of alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, alcohol-impaired driving contributed to approximately 13,000 deaths last year nationwide. There are many ways of punishing drunk drivers, such as fines, loss of license, and even jail time; but many states are now looking for updated technology to deter future problems of drunk driving. Many US states are now turning to a tool called the ignition interlock device. The IID has existed for many years, but is beginning to grow in popularity. What is it? Basically the IID is a new gadget designed to deter drunk driving by requiring the vehicle operator to provide a breath sample before starting the vehicle. The device can also require furthered rolling samples after starting and while driving the car to ensure alcohol isn’t being consumed. When faced with a DUI, contact your Seattle DUI attorney at SQ Attorneys immediately to avoid such harsh consequences.

An IID is a bit larger than a cell phone and is installed into the vehicles ignition. It is designated to act like a breathalyzer to measure Breath Alcohol Content (BAC). If the driver’s BAC is above the states allowable limit, the IID will enter a lockout period not allowing the car to start for a predetermined amount of time. (The level of BAC generally varies from state to state, but on average it resides between .2% to .4% percent.) If an administered test is failed while the vehicle is in operation, the car will not shut off as this could cause an accident. Instead, the IID would turn on the alarm, flash lights, or other display to attract attention to the driver. The Seattle DUI lawyers at SQ Attorneys can fight hard to avoid having to have an IID installed in your vehicle.

If an offender is convicted and required to have this device installed in their vehicle, they must have it installed by a state approved manufacturer/installer. There are many different manufacturers and models, all which accomplish the same basic goal. The offender is responsible to pay for the installation fee which can range from $100-$200, along with the monthly rental fees that can range from $70-$100. The monthly rental fee can also go towards the monthly calibration that some models require.

The IID is largely tamper proof and designed not to be fooled by using balloons or other such things to blow samples of air into it. If any such attempts are made they are logged and will be flagged upon calibration inspection. Basic IID systems aren’t completely foolproof. For instance, to start the car the driver could recruit a friend to take the initial test. However, due to this complication one company called Smart Start, Inc. from Irving has developed an IID that takes a picture of the driver each time the test is administered, answering the question, who is taking the test. Many probation departments in Washington have seen this as quite an effective method. Contact your Washington DUI Lawyer at SQ Attorneys to find out more information on the IID.

While IID’s are not mandatory in all states, they certainly seem to provide a high level of deterrence where drunk driving is concerned.

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 to the prosecution, and who will 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.

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Say No To Drugs!

Drug offenses come in many varieties with one common factor, the penalties for a conviction are severe and may result in lengthy prison sentences and fines. An aggressive Seattle Criminal lawyer is necessary. The Washington criminal attorneys at SQ Attorneys are trained to effectively fight any drug case that you may be faced with.

Drug charges come in many different varieties. Regardless of the offense, penalties may be severe. For even a first offense on a possession with intent to sell, state sentencing guidelines often result in up to many years in prison. In the federal system, the penalties may be even more severe.

Civil penalties may also apply. Police authorities make money by confiscating your property. If you were arrested for drug offenses, property can be seized. This includes cash that the person may have had with them, vehicles they may have been using or even homes where drug offense are alleged to have occurred. The evidence will be held without releasing it so long as there is an ongoing investigation. Often, prosecutors will attempt to forfeit the property permanently. It is often possible to file a lawsuit seeking the return of your property. Contact the Seattle criminal lawyers at SQ Attorneys today to fight these charges.

The collateral consequences of a conviction are also severe. Even a minor drug offense conviction may result in the inability to work in certain fields. For example, a drug conviction can disqualify a person from ever working in the health care field in almost any capacity. It may also impact employment in many other careers, particularly jobs that require a background check or security clearance. Background checks may also be performed for those seeking to rent a residence. A conviction may result in a denial. Finally, a conviction for a drug offense can have a significant impact on immigration and, in some instance, may result in deportation for non U.S. citizens.

Given the significant impact of drug offenses, consulting with experienced legal counsel is imperative at an early stage so that all defenses can be explored and evidence challenged.

If you or a loved one is charged with a drug offense 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; (425) 998-8384 for an initial free consultation – it will be the best decision you make all day.

The Facts Behind Domestic Violence

It is imperative for anyone accused of domestic violence to have a basic understanding of domestic violence law, including how a prosecutor attempts to prove domestic violence; punishments for domestic violence; and defenses to domestic violence allegations. When faced with a domestic violence accusation, call the Seattle criminal attorneys at SQ Attorneys to protect your rights.

“Domestic violence” is a common criminal charge in Washington. Simple arguments often lead to domestic violence allegations. Domestic violence is a common criminal offense and any one can find themselves faced with such allegations, in which a Seattle criminal lawyers services are needed.

What is required to prove domestic violence? The prosecution must generally prove the following facts to find a defendant guilty of domestic violence under the Revised Code of Washington: (1) defendant abused a spouse, former spouse, a current or former live-in girlfriend or boyfriend, or the mother or father of the defendant’s child; (2) the defendant used intentional (non-accidental) force to cause the abuse; and (3) the victim suffered some form of visible injury, even if the visible injury is small. A Seattle criminal attorney can assist in fighting these allegations against the prosecution.

What are some common defenses to domestic violence charges? While any domestic violence charge must be evaluated on its specific facts, in many cases there are strong defenses to a domestic violence charge, including: (1) false accusations – domestic arguments often result in false accusations of domestic violence; (2) self defense – it is not domestic abuse when someone uses reasonable self defense to protect himself; and (3) accident – it is not domestic violence when someone does not deliberately do an act to cause injury to a spouse or domestic partner.

What is the punishment for a domestic violence assault in WA? If charged with domestic violence in Washington as a gross misdemeanor, it is punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a $5,000 fine, or both. A domestic violence assault can also be a felony depending upon how serious the injuries are. If charged with a felony the Seattle Criminal Lawyers at SQ Attorneys will assist in fighting such allegations.

If you or a loved one is cited for committing a crime such as domestic violence 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; (425) 998-8384 for an initial free consultation.

DUI?? What do I do?

If a police officer suspects you may be driving under the influence, you will be pulled over. Would you know what to say and do?

As many car owners know, simply being pulled over may very well be a nerve-wracking experience. Just like the officer is simply doing his work and adhering to standard protocol, there are certain important things a driver should keep in mind to make what may just be a routine stop more pleasant for those involved. The Seattle DUI Lawyers at SQ Attorneys are experienced DUI attorneys who are available to assist when you are faced with a DUI.

Maybe it’s common knowledge, but stop the instant you notice red and blue lights in the mirror. Use the turn signal when pulling to the side, as this can suggest you’re not merely aware right now but a low-risk driver in most cases. Stay in the car with your hands on the wheel and seat-belt properly fastened.

Make sure you make sure to be respectful at all times. It’s not always easy, particularly if you believe you’ve been stopped unjustifiably, but first impressions are even more significant than usual at that point. Remaining collected and courteous could only benefit you, whether this means coming out of a normal routine stop all the sooner, or your respectful behavior setting up a good impression that might be taken into account later.

If the police officer questions whether you know why he or she pulled you over, a simple ‘No’ will be enough. Present your driver’s license and insurance when it is requested; it may be beneficial to know precisely where these are continuously, as a frantic or stressed hunt for them might appear bad. The authorities are trained to possess a good eye for even the smallest details, and any indication of physical incapability may likely be kept in mind if your stop ultimately leads to court. Always exercise your right to a lawyer upon an arrest. Contact the Seattle DUI attorneys at SQ Attorneys immediately.

Moreover, be cautious, as well, with what you reveal. The law enforcement official will likely try to have you chatting – reply to their questions honestly but do not provide too many details inadvertently and always exercise your right to a Seattle criminal lawyer.

Of course, you have a right to not allow specific sobriety tests, but consider the final results very carefully. Refusal of a breath test could lead to increased likelihood of the officer completing an arrest; it does, on the other hand, limit the quantity of proof which can be later employed in court.

The Seattle DUI 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 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.