Revised Edition of Defending DUIs In Washington State Released

The definitive text for Washington state DUI defense attorneys is Defending DUIs In Washington State (Lexis/Nexis), co-authored by Jon Scott Fox. This treatise has undergone substantial revision due to the recent statutory, constitutional and technological changes impacting Washington state DUI defense. The 2006 revision explains constitutional challenges to the admission of DUI breath tests, problems with the technology of breath testing, and the effective use of defense expert testimony. The treatise remains the most definitive text for Washington state DUI defense lawyers and includes practice pointers applicable throughout the state whether the DUI arrest was in Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, or Spokane.


Jon Scott Fox Featured Speaker at WACDL Seminar

Jon Scott Fox was a featured speaker at the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL) seminar: “Forensics: Using, Evaluating and Challenging Scientific Evidence” held on March 24, 2006 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center which was attended by approximately 130 defense attorneys. Mr. Fox is a founding member of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and presented the topic: “Effective Presentation of Challenges to Forensic Evidence,” discussing successful tactics and the use of recent technology in the courtroom as a powerful trial tool.


Jon Scott Fox the Featured Speaker at the Washington State Bail Agents Association Conference

Jon Scott Fox was the featured speaker at the annual conference of the Washington State Bail Agents Association (WSBAA) held on November 5, 2005, in Mt. Vernon, Washington. The conference was attended by bail agents who have provided services to individuals arrested for DUI whether Seattle, Bellevue, Renton, or other locations throughout Washington state. Mr. Fox, the only DUI attorney presenting at the event, discussed the DUI defense attorney’s perspective about Washington state’s complex drunk driving laws, field sobriety testing, the controversial DataMaster breath testing device now used throughout the state, and other issues arising from an arrest or conviction for DUI.


Jon Scott Fox to Speak at the Annual Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice Seminar

Jon Scott Fox will speak at the annual Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice seminar, “Defending DUIs in Washington,” on December 9, 2005. The seminar regularly draws over 300 lawyer who wish to learn about DUI defense. Mr. Fox has previously spoken at this seminar on topics ranging from challenging DataMaster breath tests to advanced trial techniques and this year will present “Juror Bias and Evolving Community Standards.” Mr. Fox’s jury selection techniques have been featured in the national publication “Lawyer’s Weekly USA.”


Jon Scott Fox a Super Lawyer for 2005

Jon Scott Fox has been honored as a Super Lawyer by Washington Law & Politics magazine for 2005. The magazine describes its selection process:

“Super Lawyers names Washington’s top lawyers as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics. The list of 2005 Washington Super Lawyers is based on surveys of the approximately 16,000 active lawyers across the state. The goal was to select as Super Lawyers the top 5 percent of Washington attorneys in more than 60 practice areas.”

Mr. Fox, who was chosen for his achievements in the area of criminal defense, has received the award regularly since its inception. Mr. Fox has also been named a King County “Top Lawyer” by Seattle Magazine.


Jon Scott Fox Honored Again as a Super Lawyer

Jon Scott Fox has been honored as a Super Lawyer by Washington Law & Politics magazine for 2004. The award is made once a year to approximately 4 percent of the attorneys in Washington State licensed to practice law, based on ballot results received from over 12,000 attorneys across the state. Each honoree, according to the magazine, “was chosen by their peers as being the best in their profession.”

Read about the Law & Politics selection process.

Mr. Fox, who was chosen for his achievements in the area of criminal defense, has received the award regularly since its inception. Mr. Fox has also been named a King County “Top Lawyer” by Seattle Magazine.


New Tougher DUI Laws Take Effect

Two new laws that became effective on June 10, 2004 will impose more punitive measures even upon first-offense DUIs and will skew court proceedings in favor of the prosecution, according to Jon Scott Fox, who was interviewed along with his law partners by the Seattle Times. The first law, Substitute House Bill 2660, requires ignition interlock devices upon almost anyone who is arrested for DUI. The second law requires the court to view evidence relating to evidentiary use of breath test results “in a light most favorable to the prosecution.”

As to the ignition interlock law, Mr. Fox said: “There is no therapeutic reason why an individual who is shown to have no problem with alcohol, no prior record and a low breath-test reading” – either below or just above the 0.08 legal limit – “should have to have the ignition interlock, other than it helps the ignition interlock providers.”

Regarding the evidentiary law, Mr. Fox said, “We see it as our duty to challenge this law. A fair-minded person is going to be troubled by a law that is telling a judge to be biased” toward the prosecution.”

For the complete Times‘ article, please see: Tough DUI laws take effect. For a detailed appraisal of the new DUI laws, please see Mr. Fox’s article, Harsher DUI Laws for 2004.


Jon Scott Fox Honored as a Super Lawyer

Washington State Super LawyersJon Scott Fox has been honored as a Super Lawyer by Washington Law & Politics magazine for 2003. The award is made once a year to approximately 4 percent of the attorneys in Washington State licensed to practice law, based on ballot results received from over 12,000 attorneys across the state. Each honoree, according to the magazine, “was chosen by their peers as being the best in their profession.” Mr. Fox has again been nominated a Super Lawyer by Washington Law & Politics magazine for 2004, with the final selection pending.

For more on the Law & Politics selection process please visit here.
Mr. Fox, who was chosen for his achievements in the area of criminal defense, has received the award regularly since its inception. Mr. Fox has also been named a King County “Top Lawyer” by Seattle Magazine.