Know Your Rights! Traffic Stops

  Stopped by police? You have the right to Remain Silent, decline roadside tests, and speak to a lawyer before answering any questions. 

Stopped by police? You have the right to Remain Silent, decline roadside tests, and speak to a lawyer before answering any questions. 

Have you ever been stopped by police? Did you know that you SHOULD NOT answer any questions?

You read that correctly! YOU SHOULD NOT BE SPEAKING WITH POLICE! Why? Because the government will use any answers you give to charge you with a crime.

I know, but isn't it awkward not to answer? Yes, it may be. Isn't it rude to not answer the police? No, it is your constitutional right to not speak with police until you have an attorney present. 

The place I see this scenario unfolding most often are DUI stops. After reviewing hundreds of in-car police videos, here are the questions I see most often and my suggested answers. 

  1. Did you see how fast you were going back there?
    SUGGESTED ANSWER: "Respectfully, I decline to answer. May I leave, Officer?
  2. Did you know that you were weaving between lanes? 
    SUGGESTED ANSWER: "Respectfully, I decline to answer. May I leave, Officer?
  3. Did you have anything to drink tonight?
    SUGGESTED ANSWER: "Respectfully, I decline to answer. May I leave, Officer?
  4. Where you coming from tonight?
    SUGGESTED ANSWER: "Respectfully, I decline to answer. May I leave, Officer?
  5. Where you going to tonight?
    SUGGESTED ANSWER: "Respectfully, I decline to answer. May I leave, Officer?
  6. Do you mind if I do a quick search of your vehicle?
    SUGGESTED ANSWER: "Respectfully, I decline any searches. May I leave, Officer?
  7. Do you mind performing a few tests so that I can check if you are okay to drive?
    SUGGESTED ANSWER: "Respectfully, I decline any roadside tests. May I leave, Officer?
  8. If you don't answer, then I am going to have to take you back to the police station. 
    SUGGESTED ANSWER: "Respectfully, I decline to answer. May I leave, Officer?

Again, please take note that if police are going to arrest you, answering their questions likely will NOT help you get out of it. Don't remember what to say? Screenshot this "Know Your Rights Card," and call our office in case of any legal emergencies. 

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(360)399-6211

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Legal Clinics - Free Legal Advice

 La vista de la clinica legal en Seattle. Hay abogados que hablan espanol que pueda ayudarte con tus problemas legales. 

La vista de la clinica legal en Seattle. Hay abogados que hablan espanol que pueda ayudarte con tus problemas legales. 

On the Second Wednesday of every month, El Centro De La Raza hosts a FREE bilingual legal clinic. If you have questions about a court case, a legal issue, or would like to know more about your legal rights, this is an excellent resource. I have been working as a bilingual attorney at the legal clinic for the past five years, and I find my service to be very rewarding. If you have any legal concerns or questions, please call or email us for a free consultation. 

Address: 2524 16th Ave South, Third Floor, Seattle WA 98144


El segundo miércoles de cada mes, El Centro De La Raza ofrecera una clínica legal bilingual por GRATIS. Si tiene preguntas sobre un caso judicial, un problema legal o desea saber más acerca de sus derechos legales, este es un recurso excelente.
He trabajado como abogado bilingual en la clínica legal desde los últimos cinco años, y considero que mi servicio es muy gratificante. Si tiene preguntas legales, llámenos o envíenos un correo electrónico para una consulta gratuita.

Dirreccion: 2524 16th Ave South, Third Floor, Seattle WA 98144

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Espanol Abogado Seattle Defensa Penal

I am a Spanish speaking criminal defense lawyer in Seattle, Washington.  Interested in chatting?  Email me, connect with me on Twitter, or sign up for my monthly newsletter.  In the Five Minutes newsletter, I share five minutes of thoughts from young business owners, professionals and people passionate in their work. 

Soy un abogado de derecho criminal en Seattle, Washington. ¿Tienes una pregunta sobre un caso criminal? Por favor llamanos a (360)399-6211. 

Know Your Rights / Conozca Sus Derechos

Spanish Attorney Seattle Criminal Defense

Today, I had the pleasure of presenting at the "Know Your Rights Day" at the Appian Way Apartments in Kent, WA. The chat was sponsored by El Centro De La Raza. If you have questions about your constitutional rights and whether they were violated, or if you have a an active criminal case, please call us or send us an email. More details and a copy of the presentation are coming soon. 

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Hoy he hecho una presentación a Los Apartamentos de Appian Way en Kent, WA. La charla fue patrocinada por El Centro de La Raza. Si ustedes tienen preguntas sobre sus derechos constitucionales o un caso criminal, por favor llámame o mándame un correo electrónico. Más detalles y una copia del presentación viene pronto. 


I am a Spanish speaking criminal defense lawyer in Seattle, Washington.  Interested in chatting?  Email me, connect with me on Twitter, or sign up for my monthly newsletter.  In the Five Minutes newsletter, I share five minutes of thoughts from young business owners, professionals and people passionate in their work. 

Soy un abogado de derecho criminal en Seattle, Washington. ¿Tienes una pregunta sobre un caso criminal? Por favor llamanos a (360)399-6211. 

Andre Dayani Featured in NW Lawyer Magazine

Andre Dayani Lawyer Spanish Speaking

 

In January, I was recognized in the NW Lawyer Magazine for my community service to the El Centro De La Raza Spanish Legal Clinic. The free bilingual (English/Spanish) clinic is offered monthly, typically helping 50–80 clients per clinic with the help of volunteer attorneys.

In 2017, I contributed over 20 hours of pro-bono representation at Centro de la Raza Clinic. I have consulted attendees with criminal defense issues, contract law, and some personal injury matters. In January, I led a “Know Your Rights” campaign at legal clinic (more details to come).

In the legal field, many lawyers only serve the clients that have the ability to pay. But when I started this firm, I wanted to  be different. So I structured my law firm so that roughly 25% of the work I perform is either low-bono (low fees for moderate-means clients) or pro-bono (volunteer service).

My time at the Spanish legal clinic has been very rewarding, and I have gotten to know some beautiful people I wouldn't have otherwise. Giving back to my community always seems to open up new doors in my career. ¡Viva la comunidad Latino! 

I am a criminal defense lawyer in Seattle, Washington.  Interested in chatting?  Email me, connect with me on Twitter, or sign up for my monthly newsletter.  In the Five Minutes newsletter, I share five minutes of thoughts from young business owners, professionals and people passionate in their work. 

Dayani Law Firm Selected for the Seattle-U Incubator Project

 2018 Incubator Selectees

2018 Incubator Selectees

 

I am very proud to announce that Dayani Law Firm has been selected for the Seattle University Incubator for 2018. The Incubator Project supports a handful of law firms that are focused on serving individuals of moderate means. I am honored to receive this award and will continue to work hard for my clients who may not have otherwise had access to high quality representation.

Would you like to find out more about the incubator project? Click here.

I am a criminal defense lawyer in Seattle, Washington.  Interested in chatting?  Email me, connect with me on Twitter, or sign up for my monthly newsletter.  In the Five Minutes newsletter, I share five minutes of thoughts from young business owners, professionals and people passionate in their work. 

Five Minutes Newsletter #2: Effectiveness

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I recently launched my own law practice and not long after discovered that starting a firm is a double-handed task: you’re an attorney and you’re business owner. Two not so small jobs in one. And it’s hard, man.
 
So if nothing else, from the outset I knew I needed to set myself up with solid principals that guarantee effectiveness in my everyday work flow.  I wondered, how do the best minds do it?  So over the last few months, I’ve been reaching out to the brightest professionals I know, to ask them: what makes you most effective in what you do? 
 
Today, I’m sharing with you the two gems that were shared with me: (1) effectiveness in preparation and (2) effectiveness in thinking outside the box.
 

Preparation

"Preparation can be an amazing surprise for an adversary in a legal setting. 
They may never know how prepared you are until it's too late.”

- Steve Anglés

Steve Anglés is partner at Adler Giersch, a top personal injury law firm in the PNW, and he has a reputation for being a whip-smart, effective attorney in an area of law where the stakes are particularly high.  When people come to Steve, they are often severely injured and the insurance companies that were supposed to provide protection are nowhere in sight. Steve balances a heavy client load rife with cases in litigation and trial to fight for his clients' right to recovery and well-being.
 
When I talked to him, Steve summed up the source of his efficacy in a single word: preparedness.  Steve’s rule of thumb is to out-prepare.  He aims to always be the most prepared person in the room, no matter what room. 
 
And apparently it works. Steve battles insurance companies daily without a shred of exhaustion visible, routinely winning and getting top results for his clients, over and over.
 
Steve says that without focus on preparedness, there is chance for misstep, and when it comes to his clients, who are trusting him with everything, that isn’t something he is willing to risk.
 
Want to hear more? Click here to listen to Steve's Interview.
 

Staying outside the box

"Our Lawyer-Human brand is just us and our personalities.

It allows people to get to know who we are as human beings."
- Shreya Ley

 
For Shreya Ley, founding partner of Lay Roots Law Firm, effectiveness comes from thinking outside the box.  In the legal world, outside-the-box thinking is rare, and The Box is a well-defined structure.  There is a generally understood way that attorneys do things: think dark suits, dusty books and a lot of “hence”s  and “wherefore”s.
 
Shreya, along with her husband and law firm co-founder Colin, intentionally veer left from that way.  They have designed their firm to boil the law down to a human level.  In how they market, how they communicate to clients, and in how they handle cases, they drop the frills.  They use clear words and talk price directly.  They strive to operate not as the typical dark suits, but as approachable, young business owners who provide a high-quality service.
 
Through different communication mediums, Shreya reaches out to her potential clients in a language that resonates with most people in the modern day: webinars, a podcast, a video series, and a blog.  She does all she can to demystify the legal world and provide useful, free information for real people.  
 
Thinking outside the box allowed Shreya to innovate her law firm in a different way that brings in more clients and spreads the word about her business father and wider than usually possible for a small law firm.  Shreya is a great example of a professional who stays effective by simply thinking creatively about her work and her craft. 
 
Want to hear more? Click here to listen to Shreya's Interview.


Big thanks to both Shreya and Steve for sharing.  Now you’re up: what makes you most effective in your work?  I would love to hear your thoughts. 
 
That’s this month’s Five Minutes. 

- Andre Dayani
 
I am a criminal defense lawyer in Seattle, Washington.  Interested in chatting?  Email me, connect with me on Twitter, or sign up for my monthly newsletter.  In the Five Minutes newsletter, I share five minutes of thoughts from young business owners, professionals and people passionate in their work. 

5 Things I Learned To Do as a Public Defender that You Can Do Too

5 Things I Learned To Do as a Public Defender that You Can Do Too

Before starting my law practice, I served as a public defender in King and Snohomish Counties.  Looking back, I can now say that public defense was the hardest yet most rewarding of jobs in my career. 

Why was it rewarding? Honestly, I enjoyed learning through the trial by fire.  I had my first jury trial the second week on the job, days after meeting my client.  Two months later, I was managing hundreds of active criminal defense cases.

But while I was grinding it out, I wasn’t alone.  Surrounding me were some of the smartest and most generous people I’ve encountered.  I learned a lot from my fellow public defenders and now I want to share some of those teachings with you.    

These are 5 Things I Learned To Do as a Public Defender and that You Can Do Too.

Welcome to Five Minutes Newsletter

Welcome to Five Minutes Newsletter

I write this to officially deliver you the message: I started a law firm.

 

I've always knew I'd do my own thing, and recently decided: why wait?  After years as a public defender, it was go time.  I'm launching a law practice in my own style, with a deeper intention to help people who need help, defend people who need defending, and explore issues of criminal law, business, and technology.  My thought is that I can be a real-life, real-person's guide to the legal system.