DUI/ Impaired Driving Law Changes in the 2017 Regular Session
On July 23rd, extensive changes to WA State's DUI laws go into effect with the newly signed House Bill 1614. Learn what's been modified and how it might affect you and your case.
Drunken Driver Sentenced to 6 Years for Crash that Killed an Everson Man
A Whatcom County man was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison this week for vehicular homicide, but will stay out of prison on bond.
Long Awaited DUI Ruling Fails to Get it Right
At the conclusion of 2016, the Washington State Supreme Court finally released what can be described as one of the most anticipated and important rulings in Washington DUI since the early 1960's. The ruling was to decide whether public safety was more important than the individual rights of a Washington State citizen accused of DUI.
Whatcom County Vehicular Homicide Case Goes to Deliberation Today
After 6 days of witness testimony including the defendants where he claimed to only have had one beer, jurors will now be deliberating the outcome of this Whatcom County vehicular homicide case.
The Refusal of a Breath Test is Under Review: 4th Amendment Right or Criminal Action?
This past week, oral arguments at the United States Supreme Court were held on one of the most important issues in DUI law to date: Is refusing to provide a breath sample a separate criminal offense within a DUI charge?
Breakthrough Therapy May Create New Legal Problems
We are now entering the slippery slope where medical marijuana patients will have to register with a drug database. As Ketamine has historically been known as a party drug, those using it for depression treatment might find themselves suddenly caught up in the aggressive drugged driving enforcement because they merely have it in their systems, and may soon have to register in a database as well.
You Have The Right To A Lawyer - You Just Do Not Have The Right To A Meaningful Discussion!
The first step in rule interpretation is to read it for its plain meaning. If its susceptible to more than one meaning then the Court will look to what they think it means. That is a pretty obvious approach and it makes sense. As I read the rule it all seems pretty obvious. . .once in custody of police, or in other words once a person is arrested they are to be afforded the opportunity to speak with a lawyer if they want to.