2017 DUI Law Amendments, Part 1

2017 DUI Law Amendments, Part 1

Every year the legislators seek to create new laws and tweak prior laws relating to alcohol and driving. What follows is a brief review of the proposals for additions and changes to WA State DUI Laws in 2017.

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Long Awaited DUI Ruling Fails to Get it Right

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.

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Boating Under the Influence: Recent Updates to the Law

Boating Under the Influence: Recent Updates to the Law

The world of Boating Under The Influence (BUI) recently received some new legislation thereby creating new law which came into effect last month and while the changes are for all intents and purposes, minor, they appear to be paving the way for future changes.  The changes that are in the here and now are as follows. Related Podcast: What does the Law Say About Boating and Drinking? Gross Misdemeanor BUI is now a gross misdemeanor.  By contrast, a misdemeanor is a crime...

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2012 DUI Legislative Changes: A Year In Review.

2012 DUI Legislative Changes: A Year In Review.

There has been much publicity and discussions dedicated to the voter’s will and I-502, but not too long ago, August 1, 2012 to be exact, there were numerous changes to the DUI and Physical Control law that took with little notoriety with the exception of the criminalization of inhalants.  What follows is list of all the changes that took effect and to some degree what effect they have had thus far in the world of DUI.  Give or take a subsection...

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Another Legislative Session, Another Set Of Changes To The DUI Laws

Another Legislative Session, Another Set Of Changes To The DUI Laws

State Capitol. It seems like every year, the previous year’s DUI law changes were simply not enough, so there is more “tinkering” with the DUI statutory landscape. Changes that fix prior legislative oversights,or legislation that becomes is impossible or impractical to actually implement is understandable. Inevitably, however, when the legislature revisits these, it seems to that other changes just have to be made. In fact this past legislative session, some of the most useless and ridiculous bills were proposed and thankfully died at some legislative stage (Roadblocks and Scarlett Letter License plates).

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New Year Brings Changes To DUI Laws

New Year Brings Changes To DUI Laws

The title is a little misleading, as the law on DUI in terms of the legal limit has not changed, but rather the laws related to a DUI arrest or conviction have changed.  Some may say for the better, while others will strongly disagree.  Regardless of the camp you may be in on this, what matters is that those who could not drive previously, now can, but with significant supervision and consequences.

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Rules, Regulations, & Repercussions Of The Ignition Interlock License.

Rules, Regulations, & Repercussions Of The Ignition Interlock License.

In 2009, the legislature made a significant change to the laws for those arrested for DUI regarding the ability to legally drive. New legislation implemented a new type of license for those under suspension due to a DUI arrest or conviction.  This new license is called an ignition interlock license (IIL).  Previously a person suspended as a result of a DUI conviction or Department Of Licensing (DoL) administrative suspension/revocation had the ability to drive with an ignition interlock device but...

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Has MADD Gone Completely Insane?

Has MADD Gone Completely Insane?

Next week, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on a bill that is described as technology that can help eliminate drunk driving by “turning cars into the cure” through the development of advanced alcohol detection technology. This technology is known as Ignition Interlock Devices (IID).  MADD is calling this bill “life-saving.” MADD suggests that it is working to “turn cars into the cure” by supporting advanced alcohol detection technology which will one day allow cars to determine...

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