Tougher Washington State DUI Law

The New “Tougher” Washington State DUI Law

According the Washington State Governor Jay Inslee: “The state was taking an important step in strengthening laws to protect people.”

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Being an attorney that practices DUI law and has offices in Kirkland and Bellevue, Washington I believe safety is extremely important. Driving Drunk in King County, Washington or anywhere is extremely dangerous and never should be done. Although, I am not convinced it is an epidemic and deserves the attention it gets, but I recognize there is no hiding the danger.

The New law is now going to require suspected second time Washington State DUI offenders to face mandatory arrest and have the interlock device installed on their vehicle. The law as signed by the governor reads as follows: Read more

How To Find A Good DUI Attorney

How do I find a Good Washington State DUI lawyer?

1. Family and friends

The first place to look would obviously be the people close to you. I know it could be embarrassing to ask a friend about a Washington DUI attorney, but you never know. You may be surprised at how common of a charge DUI really is.  The attorney also will appreciate the referral. Be careful, not all attorneys are equal and not all good attorneys are good DUI attorneys.

2. Other attorneys

Many attorneys socialize in the same circles and know other attorneys. For example, your estate panning attorney might have gone to school with an excellent Washington criminal defense attorney. Still, even if you get a referral from another attorney, make sure you still research the referred attorney.

3. National College for DUI Defense (www.NCDD.com)

Nation College for DUI Defense is the leading national DUI defense organization. They offer several yearly seminars and training sessions to help improve the Read more

Washington DUI Motions

Marshawn Lynch lost his motion to suppress evidence and Dismiss his DUI case

Last week according to several news sources a judge denied Marshawn Lynch’s motion to suppress evidence and motion to dismiss the DUI case. Luckily for Seahawks fans, the trial likely will not start until after the Seahawks win the Super Bowl.

Lynch has been dealing with his DUI case since he was arrested back in July of 2012. I was reported that a police officer observed him weaving in and out of lanes and nearly colliding with two cars. Once pulled over he participated in the field sobriety tests and according to police, failed them.  Lynch submitted to a breath test and blew over the legal limit.

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Washington DUI Checkpoints

DUI problem in Washington State: Are DUI Checkpoints and roadblocks the answer?

Early this week it was noted that a legislative group is recommending DUI sobriety checkpoints or better known as DUI roadblocks. It appears that the debate about DUI roadblocks is once again going to be in the forefront. However, currently Washington State is one of the few states that consider DUI roadblocks and checkpoints unconstitutional.

In Seattle v. Mesiani, 110 Wn.2d 454 (Wash. 1988) - The found that the checkpoint program failed the balancing test of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution. The court reversed the judgment of the appellate court which upheld the validity of sobriety checkpoints because the checkpoints violated Read more

First Washington DUI

Fist Washington DUI, should I be worried?

You’ve been a good driver, with a clean record, you have a good job and are a pillar of the community. You got pulled over and arrested for a Washington state DUI, should you be worried?

The Simple answer is, yes. However, for most people it is not the end of the world but it is serious. You will be facing the possibility of mandatory jail, classes, license suspension, and very large fines plus all the extra costs. For many people there may be addition worries such as, will I lose my job? Are their immigration consequences?

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Washington DUI Probable Cause

Former White House correspondent and New Anchor Sam Donaldson’s Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge was dismissed this past Friday. News sources report the judge dismissed after determining the police officer lacked probable cause to arrest him.

What does probable cause to arrest mean in Washington State?

Probable cause is a fairly low standard, however requires the police officer to have more than a bar suspicion before executing an arrest. for DUI.  The judge should specifically analyze the case upon the totality of facts and circumstances that the officer knew before making the DUI arrest.

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