A new DUI breath testing machine for Washington State?

Washington State is slowly moving forward with plans to deploy new DUI breath testing machines. The state has already purchased a number of machines, the Draeger 9510, and is in the process of testing them before deploying them to be used in actual D… Read More
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Meteors, Cosmic Rays and DUI defense

Recent happenings (March, 2010) reveal some unusual defenses to DUI charges. First, there was the decision of the Court of Appeals in State of Washington vs. Richard Charles Tracer, No. 37812-4-II. This was a Washington State DUI/Vehicular Assault ca… Read More
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Categories: DUI

Hot Tub Your Way to a DUI Conviction?

Washington State DUI laws are among the strictest in the nation. Like most states, the legal limit is .08% but the reading is produced by testing breath alcohol, not blood alcohol. Breath alcohol does not impair a driver; it is only alcohol in the bl… Read More
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Finger Alcohol DUI Test to Replace Breath Testing?

Businesswire.com recently reported that a company is developing technology that detects a person’s alcohol level by measuring having the subject place a finger on a device known as the TruTouch 2000. The device was announced as being aimed at i… Read More
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Can I take a blood test instead of a breath test?

When a person is arrested for a misdemeanor DUI and taken to the police station the police will usually ask: “Will you take the breath test?” The answer to this question can greatly influence the complications that will arise from the DUI arrest,… Read More
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How much to drink is "too much?"

This holiday season, the DUI emphasis patrols will be out in King County and throughout Washington State, patrolling in an increased effort to make DUI arrests. Undoubtedly, DUI arrests will occur. In some of those cases, the driver will be arrested… Read More
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Holiday DUI Patrols are coming

Although there has not yet been a formal announcement, expect to see DUI holiday patrols this year from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. This time of year, state troopers and other police agencies work in unison to increase their presence for DUI e… Read More
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Seattle DUI - Why is a DUI trooper at my door?

As discussed in a previous blog, in 2009 the Washington State Patrol instituted a pilot “Ignition Interlock Compliance Program.” As part of that program, Washington State Patrol troopers are knocking on the doors of drivers who, after a Washingto… Read More
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Seattle DUI - what does quartz have to do with my breath test?

After a Seattle DUI arrest or an arrest for DUI anywhere in Washington state, the citizen who has been arrested for DUI will be asked to take a breath test. As of the date of this blog, the DataMaster breath testing machine (in two variations) is the… Read More
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Seattle DUI - Refuse a Breath Test at your Peril

Our Implied Consent Law states that an individual under arrest for a misdemeanor DUI in Washington state has the “right” to refuse to submit to a breath test. Most citizens know this, and, on average, probably less than 20% of those arres… Read More
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