30 Days for Refusing a DUI Breath Test?

One of the relatively unknown aspects of Washington State DUI law is that the penalties for violations of certain mandatory requirements of probation will result in mandatory sentences that the judge must impose. Take the case of an individual for wh… Read More
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Drunk driving across state lines = Two DUIs

The Washington State Supreme Court issued an opinion on August 20, 2009, regarding a driver who drove drunk from Washington State into Oregon and was convicted of DUI in both states based upon this single act of driving. (State v. Rivera-Santos, 8144… Read More
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Hard-hitting penalties for violating Washington state DUI probation.

The word is out that the punishment for Washington state DUI laws is among the toughest in the nation. However, what is not well known is that the mandatory minimum confinement penalty for a single violation of DUI probation is harsher than the manda… Read More
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Some Judges Require Probation Before a DUI Conviction

Believe it or not, Judges are ordering citizens who are charged with DUI into “probation” before there is even a conviction. Most people find this puzzling, since probation should come AFTER a conviction, not before. Traditionally, probation is a… Read More
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An Exception to Washington State’s DUI "Mandatory Jail"

DUI convictions require judges to impose mandatory minimum sentences. This is true whether the DUI occurred in Seattle, Redmond, Bellevue, or anywhere else in Washington State. Mandatory minimum sentences for a Washington State drunk driving convicti… Read More
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The Impact of a DUI Arrest or Conviction on your Job

Although you won’t find “loss of job” listed in the DUI punishment statutes, a DUI arrest in Washington State can have a devastating impact upon your continued employment. If you need to drive to get to work, or if you must drive in the course… Read More
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