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.
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.
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?
2014 DUI Laws Year in Review
2015! I’m a few days date in terms of discussing the New Year and the year in review but better late than never. Time is always of the essence because it feels like you need more, to finish that project or just make it to work on some days. Likewise it takes time to blog and write about the things that matter in my world. With that I will state that it is my new year’s goal to tell you all more about the rule of the law in the DUI world on a more regular basis. So with that promise and with no further delay let me review the busy world of DUI law that was 2014.
Holiday Emphasis Patrol And New Year Begins With A Warning To “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over.”
It is 2013! Happy New year, and with the new year comes a new anti-DUI slogan of “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over,” and I am here to tell you that the “best DUI defense is to not Drink & Drive.” But how about 1 drink and then drive? After all, 1 drink won’t impact sobriety, right? 2 Drinks? The law is .08 so are you not sober at .08? Otherwise, what is the point of the .08 limit? My...
New Marijuana Law Legalizes But Also Criminalizes.
The New Approach to marijuana use has begun, and December 6, 2012 is the commencement of the legalization of one behavior and the criminalization of another. Specifically, there is a brand new approach to the previously non-existent drug limit in terms of DUI. The new law creates a threshold limit for DUI-Drugs, specifically Marijuana. The concept of DUI by way of drugs is nothing new in the DUI world, but, now there is a THC threshold limit. However, this new...
DUI Conviction Mandatory Breath Test Fee Increased To 200.00. Ever Wonder Where The Money Goes?
Until recently, the fine for a person who is convicted of a DUI, or crime reduced from DUI were all required to pay 125.00; traditionally this is called the “Breath Test” Fee. This fee is assessed regardless of whether a person actually provided a sample, or refused the test as they are statutorily permitted to do. Upon conviction, when fees and fines for the crime, regardless of whether it was reduced, were all totaled it came to $866.00 for a...
Washington D.U.I Arrest Now Gets Mandatory Vehicle “Lock-Up!”
Unlike your driver’s license, which may not be suspended, revoked, or otherwise “lost” when you are arrested for a DUI, your car is not so lucky as of July 22, 2011.An Arrest for DUI (RCW 46.61.506)