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New Years Schedule

December 31st, 2013 No comments

Just a reminder, we will close our office tomorrow at 3:00p.m. for New Years Eve.

Wednesday, New Years Day is a federal holiday and we will be closed then as well. 

Our office will re-open Thursday at 8:00 a.m.

Have a safe and happy New Years! 

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Special DUI Pilot Program begins 1/1/14 in some WA areas

December 30th, 2013 No comments

Starting January 1, 2014 the new 24/7 DUI Monitoring Program begins in three counties (Chelan, Spokane and Thurston) and two cities (Kent and Centralia).

Drivers charged with their 2nd DUI in any of those areas may be placed in this new program which requires daily monitoring for substance abuse.

They will either report to jail twice a day to give a breath test (costing $4 for each breath test) or wear an ankle monitor, such as a “SCRAM bracelet”, with prices costing between $12-20 per day.

“If they pass the test, they’re out the door. If they fail the test, they’re incarcerated.”  explains Program Manager Bruce Bjork.

Currently in Snohomish and King Counties, local judges decide on a case by case basis whether to impose these above release conditions on  2nd DUI offenders. 

New Deferred Sentence laws

December 27th, 2013 No comments

Deferred sentences (where the DUI charge is completely dismissed upon successful completion of the court probation period) are no longer authorized for a DUI sentence.

Only suspended sentences (where DUI conviction remains on the criminal record after probation successfully completed) are now allowed for a DUI sentence.

However deferred sentences are still authorized for reduced DUI charges, i.e. for Reckless Driving, Negligent Driving 1° and Reckless Endangerment. But they still will count as a “prior DUI conviction” at a future DUI sentencing under RCW 46.61.5055.

Holiday Schedule

December 23rd, 2013 No comments

Happy Holidays! Please note our holiday schedule changes: 

 

Tuesday, December 24th: 8:00am – 3:00pm

Wednesday, December 25th: Closed

 

Tuesday, December 31st: 8:00am – 3:00pm

Wednesday, January 1st: Closed 

 

If you have an urgent matter, or are a current client with a question about your case, please feel free to leave a voicemail message and I will return your call as soon as possible. 

 

Happy Holidays and wishing you a wonderful New Year!

 

Paul Hanson and Staff

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Marijuana and your Commercial Drivers License (CDL)

December 22nd, 2013 No comments

Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5912 was signed into law on July 18, 2013 and became effective on September 28, 2013.

 

Another new tougher DUI sentencing factor:

You will now lose your Commercial Drivers License (CDL) if you are found to be driving a commercial motor vehicle and you have ANY measurable amount of Marijuana / THC in your blood.

You will also lose your CDL if you are found to be over the legal limit (5.0 nanograms) and driving a non-commercial vehicle.

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New DUI Laws: Wrong Way Driving

December 19th, 2013 No comments

Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5912 was signed into law on July 18, 2013 and became effective on September 28, 2013.

 

Another new tougher DUI sentencing factor:

Wrong way driving on a multi lane highway with a speed limit of 45 mph or greater mustnow be considered an aggravating factor at DUI sentencing (along with child passengers under 16 and accidents).

An “aggravating factor” is a special circumstance in a DUI offense which the sentencing judge believes requires more severe punishment than usual.  

New Arrest and Pre Trial Conditions for Repeat Offenders

December 17th, 2013 No comments

Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5912 was signed into law on July 18, 2013 and became effective on September 28, 2013.

Two new Arrest and Pre-Trial changes will impact drivers who have committed a prior impaired driving offense within the past 10 years.

– Drivers arrested for DUI or Physical Control must now be booked into jail and held until released by a judge if the arresting officer has knowledge of a prior impaired driving offense committed within the past 10 years.

– The judge must also set pretrial conditions of release, including immediate installation of an ignition interlock device which must not be removed until acquittal or dismissal of the charge.

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New tougher DUI Laws: DUI Driver with Child in car

December 12th, 2013 No comments

As of September 28, 2013 a new tougher DUI law in now effective. 

If you have a child (under 16) passenger in your car when arrested for DUI, you will face the following additional penalty: 

1st DUI Conviction – Additional one (1) day added to jail term

2nd DUI Conviction – Additional five (5) days added to jail term

3rd or more DUI Conviction – Additional ten (10) days added to jail term