“Drive High, Get a DUI” Washington State Patrol Labor Day Campaign

Cannabis sativa. Marijuana leaf, pipe and ready to use dry produThis Labor Day Weekend Washington State Patrol is going to target drivers driving under the influence (DUI) of marijuana. The campaign slogan is “Drive High, Get a DUI.” The slogan is part of an ongoing campaign to educate the public on the dangers of driving under the influence of marijuana. The topic of marijuana DUI has been having debated in Washington State ever since possession and use of marijuana was legalized. A Washington State Patrol deputy stated that even thought it may be harder to detect marijuana impairment, “being high on marijuana impairs a driver’s ability to judge time and distance, two key skills for safe driving…”

The current  DUI – Marijuana law

A person is guilty of driving while under the influence of, marijuana, if the person drives a vehicle within this state and the person has, within two hours after driving, a THC concentration of 5.00 or higher as shown by analysis of the person’s blood; or While the person is under the influence of or affected by, marijuana; or while the person is under the combined influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor, marijuana, and any drug. (RCW 46.61.502).

If you have been arrested for DUI, please contact our office and schedule a consultation. There are many defenses to marijuana DUIs. Just because you have been arrested does not mean you are guilty.

America’s Best Drivers Report. Where does Seattle Rank? Surpised?

car accidentThe 10th Anniversary Allstate’s America’s Best Drivers Report was released and it is no surprise to me Seattle, Washington is ranked 173rd place out of 200. What is interesting is that Portland, the hipster city to the South is right behind us in 177th place.

According to the report Seattle drivers have an average of 7.4 years between car accidents, 36% more likely than the national average. Other Washington State cities made the list: Spokane ranks 71st and Vancouver, WA stays within the top 100 at 94th place.

So, what does this mean? If you believe these statistics you might want to be alarmed. Metropolitan Seattle is a dangerous place to drive. If a Seattleite is to drive until they are 86 years old, there is a strong likelihood they will be in 10 car accidents during their lifetime. At first this sounded ridiculous, but I’ve been driving for about 20 years and I’ve already been in four car accidents. However, none were my fault.

It is evident that you must use great caution on the roadways to avoid auto collisions and accidents. We all see horrible car accidents every day to and from work. If you happened to be involved in an car crash in the Seattle area, please don’t hesitate to contact my office. Drive safely!

Most common signs of DUI

.08Washington State Patrol and Local King County Police will be out looking for DUI suspects over Memorial Day weekend. I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to break down the five most common reasons Washington DUI cops claim they believe someone has driven under the influence in Washington State.

Bad driving

The first thing an officer notices when patrolling for WA Dui is the driving pattern.  This is phase one in the officer’s training: Vehicle in Motion.  The officer or Trooper will look for a moving traffic violation; equipment violation; an expired tab and so on… Furthermore, NHTSA has developed 24 driving cues which police may detect nighttime impaired driving. According to NHTSA the DUI cues were developed from a list of more than 100 driving cues that been found to predict Breath Alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or greater.  Read more

Superhero kitty cat fights off an evil dog attack to save a young boys life.

This is one of the more amazing videos I have seen recently. A young boy was riding a little bicycle when apparently the neighbor’s dog got loose and charged the boy and grabs his leg.  Out of nowhere the superhero house cat came to the boys rescue.  The cat charged and side-swiped the dog, knocked it off the boy. The cat then chased the dog off the property.  It was reported by the mother that the boy received a few stiches and will be fine.  Click to see video

The break down to this story in regards to Washington State dog bite laws: Read more

Female exotic dancer will represent herself in an upcoming DUI trial

A judge will allow an exotic dancer charged with DUI and resisting arrest to be her on lawyer for a non-jury trial next week. The judge wanted to grant a “stand-by” public defender, however she rejected that idea saying, “Public defenders did not have a client’s best interests at heart” (According to a recent article). Further, she stated that her attempts to hire an attorney failed when she was quoted $2,000.

Let’s break this down: Read more

Mountlake Terrace Police Commander arrested for DUI in Snohomish County

It was reported last week that a Mountlake Terrace, Washington Police commander was fired because he was arrested for a driving under the influence (DUI) by a Washington State Trooper.

The police officer was on call than night of the DUI arrest. The report stated that he was with others at a restaurant in Arlington, Washington drinking until about 1:00 am.  He then drove to the Tulalip Casino and eventually attempted to drive to his home in Lake Stevens, Washington.

On the way to Lake Steven’s a Washington State Trooper noticed the police officers car crossing the center line and his headlights were off.

The police officer was stopped by the trooper and agreed to submit to field sobriety tests, although he declined the portable breath test.  The police officer was subsequently arrested for a Washington DUI and later blew a breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of .055 and .058.

The police officer was charged with DUI and is being prosecuted by Snohomish County Prosecutors. He later entered a not guilty plea at Snohomish County district court according to the Everett Harold.

Let’s break this down and see what we non-police officers can learn: Read more

Cinco De Mayo DUI

Too Much to Drink - AlcoholismCinco De Mayo is just around the corner and Washington State Patrol and local city police will be paying special attention to the “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving” nation campaign. These mean more Washington State DUI patrol. According the to the campaign material from 2008-2012, 233 people have been killed in DUI crashes around Cinco De Mayo.

How to prevent a DUI on Cinco de Mayo?

A Washington State DUI is having an alcohol concentration of .08 or over, or THC concentration of 5.00 or higher, or the person is under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor, marijuana or any drug.

So, to prevent being arrested for a DUI in Washington State during Read more

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.”


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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