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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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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Seattle DUI - What is a Breathalyzer?

For years, the term “Breathalyzer” referred to the machine that a person under arrest for a Washington State DUI would blow into. The actual Breathalyzer — the Smith & Wesson 900C – is pictured to the immediate right. This… Read More
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A Slight Omission Leads to Injustice

There are those who call it nitpicking when DUI defense attorneys ask judges to throw a breath test out of court for what looks like a trivial error in approved scientific protocol and procedure. Preventing injustice is not nitpicking. When scientifi… Read More
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