Politics, DUI and the new cell phone law

As of June 10, 2010, Washington State has a new cell phone law. The publicity surrounding this law has mainly focused on the fact that the new law changes cell phone violations from a “secondary offense” for which a police officer may not stop yo… Read More
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Talking on Cell Phone Leads to DUI arrest?

Experience has shown that many DUI arrests result from the police stopping a car for reasons that have nothing to do with driving under the influence. For instance, many DUI arrests in Washington State result from an investigation following an office… Read More
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Categories: DUI

DUI Jury Renders Verdict on System of Justice

Recently I represented a client who was charged with DUI in the Seattle area after a detention and arrest by a local police officer. A review of the police report led me to believe that this could be a difficult case. All the “signs” poli… Read More
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DUI Police Reports - Real or Canned?

Every Washington State DUI arrest should be well documented in a DUI police report. DUI police officers receive special training in report writing so that they can testify fully when a DUI case is litigated in court. In past years, we have seen a few… Read More
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Seattle DUI if Not Drunk?

Most people refer to a violation of the Washington State DUI law as “drunk driving.” Certainly, as any Seattle DUI lawyer will tell you, a person who is drunk and then drives is in violation of the law. However, the law doesn’t actually have th… Read More
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Seattle DUI Arraignment Explained

In a Seattle Municipal Court DUI case, the arraignment is a time to enter a plea of “guilty” or “not guilty” to the charge. A “Seattle DUI attorney” (an attorney who appears regularly in this court) will know that the arraignment in a DUI… Read More
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Justice Sotomayor's DUI Decision

Every decision by U.S. Supreme Court justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor is currently being scrutinized by interested parties, but there is only one decision by judge Sotamayor that deals specifically with DUI. The case arose out of the City of New York… Read More
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Probable Cause Challenge - Headlights Not Required

A good Seattle or Washington State DUI lawyer will analyze every DUI arrest to determine what legal issues might be raised by the defense. A critical issue in many DUI arrests is whether the initial detention or stop by the police officer is legal. A… Read More
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Accidents More Likely Because of Ignition Interlocks?

Installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) in a driver’s car is the intended result of Washington State DUI laws. The ignition interlock device is required to be installed if a driver’s license is suspended due to a DUI arrest or convicti… Read More
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WSP Sued- Everybody Goes to Jail?

Once a DUI arrest has been made and the processing has been completed (breath testing, fingerprinting, etc.) the arresting officer has the authority to decide whether the suspect will be booked into jail or released. Some jurisdictions routinely rele… Read More
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Categories: Washington DUI