New DUI Law Allows for Involuntary Blood Draw

A new law that took effect Aug. 1 in Washington allows State Patrol troopers to have blood drawn from drunken driving suspects, even if they won’t give it voluntarily. This allows repeat drunken driving cases to be handled as felonies from the time of arrest. Felony DUI carries a 5-year sentence, versus 1-year for misdemeanor DUI. Troopers don’t draw blood themselves, but use a medical professional. In addition dispatchers have been trained to check records and let troopers know when they have stopped a felony suspect. A blood sample was taken last Sunday from a 30-year-old Port Orchard man after he was stopped for swerving in traffic. Records showed it would be his fifth DUI in 10 years. 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.

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Advertisement to Legalize and Tax Marijuana Begins

A group pushing a measure to legalize and tax marijuana in Washington state is launching a three-week television ad campaign. New Approach Washington, the group behind Initiative 502, says the advertisement will begin airing throughout Western Washington on Wednesday of this week. The advertisement features a woman who says she doesn’t like marijuana, but it’s a multi-million-dollar industry that doesn’t benefit the state. She says that if marijuana is taxed and regulated, the state would control the money – “not the gangs” – and it could go toward schools and health care, while freeing up police to go after violent crime. The campaign has plenty of supporters, but also has its critics. Holmes, who is Mercer Island’s chief of police, stated simply taxing and regulating marijuana will not make the job any easier for law enforcement officers. “People (using marijuana) say things they wouldn’t say, they do things they wouldn’t do, they commit crimes they otherwise wouldn’t commit and that’s the concern we have with smoking marijuana,” he said. Voters in Washington, Colorado and Oregon are voting this fall on whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use. If you or a loved one is faced with a Marijuana related offense in Western Washington, you deserve nothing less than the very best representation from a reputable and qualified Seattle criminal attorney who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle criminal lawyer who has an intimate understanding of not only Washington’s criminal laws, but also the legal issues that could win your case. You deserve a Seattle criminal lawyer 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 criminal 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.