To Do: After a DUI License Suspension.

A good DUI defense attorney will focus on avoiding the DUI license suspension that the DOL seeks to impose after a DUI arrest or conviction. There are separate ways that the license can be suspended – administratively, due to a refusal to submit to the test or because the reading exceeded the legal limit, or due to a conviction of an offense such as DUI for which license suspension is mandatory. If you have served a DUI license suspension,  you are still not legal to drive unless you “reinstate” your license. The DOL does not automatically give you your license back after you have served a suspension. To complicate matters, the requirements for reinstatement are different depending upon the type an length of license suspension. Remember, if your license is suspended, you will need to reinstate the license after serving the suspension in order to drive legally. Fortunately, the DOL has created a web-tool that will step you through the process, and it is pretty easy to access. In some cases, simply payment of a reinstatement fee is required. In others, filing SR-22 insurance, an alcohol evaluation and follow-up treatment is required. In still other cases, you’ll need to take the written and driving exams in addition to other requirements before the license is reinstated. The forms sent by DOL on license suspension are not very helpful when it comes to the requirements for license reinstatement, but the DOL webpage is helpful. Here’s the DOL link that steps you through the reinstatement process: https://fortress.wa.gov/dol/dolprod/dsdreinstatements/. You can always give my office a call (425) 274-9190 for help with this or any criminal traffic related problem. We offer representation for all DUI and traffic related matters, focusing upon cases arising in Western Washington, but offering representation in certain cases in counties east of the mountains.


Throw Minors in Prison for Marijuana?

Washington State Marijuana LawThe recent legislative tinkering with the law legalizing marijuana in Washington State, has increased the level of criminal consequences faced by anyone under the age of 21 who possesses marijuana. Recent legislation raised the crime level for minor possession of marijuana from a misdemeanor to a felony. As reported by Komo News, the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, said the tougher penalty was designed to deter minors from trying an adult drug. “We have to send a message to our kids: This will hurt you in more ways than one if you decide to participate,” Rivers reportedly said. Governor Inslee’s office stated that this was not the Governor’s intention when he signed the bill. The devil is in the details, as they say. Until the legislature can fix this problem, it will be up to prosecutor to “temper justice with mercy” when filing and prosecuting such cases and failing that, a good defense attorney will come in handy. Click here to watch a King 5 news item about legalizing marijuana and DUIs.

Questions? Call Jon Fox at (425) 274-9190.


Jon Scott Fox Listed as “Super Lawyer” for 2015

1050 cropped(2017 Update!) Jon Scott Fox has been named a 2017 “Super Lawyer”  by the Super Lawyers rating service which names outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, no more than five percent of a state’s attorneys receive the honor. Jon has been named to list this every year since 2003.

Jon is widely recognized as one of Washington state’s top DUI and criminal defense attorneys. As a trial lawyer, speaker, and author, he has been honored by Seattle Magazine as being a King County “Top Lawyer,” and Washington Law and Politics magazine has listed him as one of Washington state’s “Top 25” criminal defense attorneys. Jon has been given Avvo’s very highest professional ranking, and for the last decade he has received a Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rating. This rating is given to attorneys who demonstrate the highest ethical standards and professional ability. However, Jon’s most important accolades come from the clients he has represented. A collection of those can be found by clicking here.

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Defending DUIs in Washington Treatise 2015

Defending  DUIsThe book Defending DUIs in Washington contains latest in the law and technology in the field of DUIs and is referenced by attorney and judge alike as authoritative. Every phase of defending a DUI case effectively is covered in the manual. The author of this webpage, Jon Fox, has been an author of Defending DUIs for over 20 years. The manual is updated annually and this year’s updates are extensive, covering the newest DUI laws, procedure, and the Draeger 9510 breath testing device that was introduced into Washington State in November, 2014.

Questions: Call Jon Fox at (425) 274-9190.

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