Every other week, Bellingham DUI Attorney Jonathan Rands speaks with Dillon Honcoop (formerly with Tracy Ellis) on AM 790 KGMI's "The Legal Docket". Attorney Jonathan Rands and Dillon and Tracy discuss everything DUI such as: What to do if you are stopped by the police for drinking and driving; The consequences of being convicted for DUI; The difference between a DWI and DUI; Alcohol DUI versus Drug DUI; The penalties of DUI; What to do if you are pulled over for suspicion for DUI; How to choose a DUI Lawyer that is right for you; as well as Recent cases that impact DUI and more.
Driving Under the Influence of Electronics Act is a new proposed law in Olympia to combat distracted driving and treat it like a DUI. Is it feasible and where do you draw the line as car technology advances?
Alcohol monitoring devices (like ignition interlock devices) are not foolproof. Or are they? One DUI attorney puts them to the test with many commonly used excuses by those being monitored.
A Whatcom County vehicular homicide trial wrapped in court recently. DUI attorney Jonathan Rands and KGMI's Dillon Honcoop discuss the details of the case and the evidence that was presented to the jury who ultimately found the defendant guilty.
What's the story with ignition interlock devices? Well, like most things law, it depends. Not only can courts order them as a part of pretrial or post-trial convictions, the DoL also requires them to get your license reinstated. Find out all the gritty details in this episode of the Legal Docket with Dillon Honcoop and DUI attorney Jonathan Rands.
In response to a recent blog post by a fellow attorney, DUI attorney Jonathan Rands talks with Dillon Honcoop about what it's really like to be a criminal defense lawyer and how the stress of his job affects his personal life, especially when the case may not get the outcome everyone hopes for.
We all have to start somewhere when we're new on a job. But what happens when a cadet in training is handling your DUI stop and possible arrest? DUI attorney Jonathan Rands talks with KGMI's Dillon Honcoop about the situation and how he approaches trials when there's a cadet involved.
In last week's episode, DUI attorney Jonathan Rands and KGMI's Dillon Honcoop talked about the overcrowding at Whatcom County's jail. This week they discuss the new procedure of sending second offense DUI arrests to Yakima County jail and the impacts that has on one's life.
Whatcom County jail is overcrowded and Sheriff Bill Elfo has called for booking restrictions. In this episode of The Legal Docket, DUI attorney Jonathan Rands and KGMI's Dillon Honcoop talk about first time DUI offenders and do they really need to be booked into jail or can sending them home help with the overcrowding situation.
There's a double standard when it comes DUIs and exercising your rights. Refusing a breath test implies consciousness of guilt, whereas pleading the 5th and exercising your right to not incriminate yourself does not. DUI attorney Jonathan Rands and KGMI's Dillon Honcoop discuss related cases.
Are field sobriety tests considered searches? What happens if the toxicologist who had a hand in the solution used during your breath test doesn't show up to testify in court? Can an officer watching a drug house stop and search you after seeing you enter an exit the house? DUI Attorney Jonathan Rands and KGMI's Dillon Honcoop discuss three recent cases that cover these questions. Listen to the podcast to hear the courts' decisions and how it might affect you.
Tracy Ellis, colleague of Dillon Honcoop and client of DUI attorney Jonathan Rands, opens up and shares his experience of being arrested for DUI, and all the emotions, headaches and details that go along with it.
Memorial Day—the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. It means higher gas prices, more cars on the road and an increased awareness around public safety campaigns such as the left lane camping, click it or ticket, and DUI. This weekend DUI attorney Jonathan Rands and Dillon Honcoop talk statistics, traffic law and Dillon's speeding ticket.
Marijuana. The State needs a way to regulate it, but is treating it the same way as alcohol by creating an arbitrary limit and using the same roadside test the best way to go about it? There have been countless studies that show that people become affect by alcohol at 0.08, but can we say the same for 5ng of marijuana? DUI attorney Jonathan Rands and Dillon Honcoop discuss the different ways the roadside tests are designed to make you fail.
Deferred prosecutions, in it's most basic definition, is a program that you enter after being charged with a DUI where you exchange treatment and good behavior for a dismissal of a DUI charge. The caveat, as of 1999, you can only do it once in a lifetime, and the evaluator has to determine you suffer from the disease of alcoholism. DUI attorney Jonathan Rands and Dillon Honcoop discuss when you might want to take this course of action and what that would look like for your case.
A DUI conviction, or being accused of driving under the influence, can be so much more devastating to someone who is a legal immigrant to the US rather than a citizen. Immigration laws in this country are precarious, and Immigration can decide to deport someone here on a green card if they find you're not complying with the law. Not only that, a DUI charge can prevent someone from even being able to cross the Canadian border. DUI attorney and brand new citizen of the US, Jonathan Rands and Dillon Honcoop discuss immigration laws with regards to DUI.
A large percentage of the time, a DUI violation starts as a traffic infraction, such as left lane camping, or driving in the left lane for too time. Let's be honest, we can be lazy about our driving, and when we are, especially at night, traffic enforcers use our laziness as red flags for DUI and Reckless Driving stops. A new campaign in Whatcom County is focusing on left-hand lane campers to remind drivers that we should all keep right except to pass.
The Whatcom County Jail is overcrowded, but solutions to fix it have not been forthcoming. The DUI realm is contributing to that by being the only county in the state to have mandatory booking for a first offense, and if you're booked into jail on Friday, you don't see a judge until Sunday.
The point behind the law was to prevent an offender from immediately turning around and driving again. However, there is a mandatory impound law as well, so why does a person also need to be booked? DUI attorney Jonathan Rands and Dillion Honcoop discuss some statistics and how space can be saved in the jail.
Medical marijuana laws are changing. Effective July 1, 2016, anyone who owns a dispensary will need to require patients to register. And if a patient will not register voluntarily, the dispensary will have to do it for them. Not only that, but medical marijuana patients as part of this registry will also have to disclose vehicle titles and license plates. And it doesn't stop there. All law enforcement officers will have access to medical marijuana patients registration numbers and names via license plates. There is great potential for misuse of this information under the guise of DUI enforcement.
When is it worth paying restitution for property loss and when is it not? DUI Jonathan Rands talks about making the victim whole again after property damage or personal injury through restitution hearings.
This week, Bellingham DUI attorney, Jonathan Rands, discusses a new traffic law proposed in Washington.
This week, Bellingham DUI attorney, Jonathan Rands, discusses the case of John R. Owens, a man facing charges of vehicular assault and felony hit and run in Bellingham, Washington. Owens is responsible for causing and leaving the scene of a car accident, which seriously injured another driver. Owens was released from jail on a $5,000 bond a week after his arrest and the community has been vocal about their animosity toward the situation.
The holiday season is a very busy time of the year. Due to the increase in the amount of public events, social gatherings, and commercial shopping, there is an influx of traffic on the roadways, which requires a greater law enforcement presence. Consequently, the rate of DUI's is higher during this period of time. This week, Jonathan Rands discusses driving smarter during the holidays
This week, Bellingham DUI attorney, Jonathan Rands, discusses the law for driving while under the influence of Marijuana.
This week, Bellingham DUI attorney, Jonathan Rands, discusses the period of probation following a guilty DUI offense and the mandatory conditions associated with it.
This week, Bellingham DUI attorney, Jonathan Rands, discusses a newly released state report on traffic deaths. The report concludes that since the legalization of marijuana, the leading cause of traffic deaths is due to drivers under the influence of marijuana.
This week, Bellingham DUI attorney, Jonathan Rands, discusses the research that is being conducted by Washington State University on the use of a breathalyzer in order to confirm if a person is driving while under the influence of Marijuana. Currently, it is stated that the breathalyzer will test for an indication of THC, but it will not test the amount of THC in a persons body. Due to the fact that the level of THC will not be tested, there is question on how to decipher if a persons ability to drive is impaired.
Many people assume that pulling off to the side of the road to rest when you have been drinking is a safe alternative to driving under the influence and also eliminates the chance of being charged with a DUI. Unfortunately, this is not an accurate assumption. This week, Bellingham DUI attorney, Jonathan Rands, discusses the conditions of the physical control law.
“Being charged with a DUI is scary and often makes you feel alone against the unknown. Jonathan made himself available after hours to have a 'consultation' of sorts, to meet with me and hear my story, at no cost or commitment.”Amy