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In October 2016, all the Snohomish County District Court (SCDC) judges ruled that the DUI Draeger breath instrument test results cannot be admitted into evidence in any DUI breath test trials in their four divisions (Lynnwood, Everett, Monroe, and Arlington). Such breath tests are the strongest evidence against DUI defendants.
The SCDC judges found that there were numerous Draeger software problems that had not been fully analyzed, tested, and fixed. The judges ruled that the State must first fully test and evaluate the new Draeger instruments to ensure they always produce accurate and reliable breath test results in every DUI case. Only then will the Draeger test results again be admissible in DUI cases.
This October 2016 ruling came after 1 ½ years of local Draeger litigation brought by over 40 plus Snohomish County DUI defense lawyers, including Lynnwood / DUI criminal defense attorney Paul Hanson. This SCDC ruling will make it significantly easier to defend DUI breath test cases in the four divisions of the SCDC. At least until the Draeger software problems are finally evaluated and fixed
If you have a SCDC Draeger breath test DUI case, contact Attorney Hanson for more details about this ruling and for a free initial attorney consultation. Call (425) 778-7339.
Many Washington drivers are unaware that they can be charged for sleep impaired dangerous driving. Driving after 18 hours without sleep mimics a 0.05% blood alcohol concentration. Driving after 21 hours without sleep mimics driving over the 0.08% legal limit for alcohol (Source: 2016 Governors Highway Safety Association). So legally driving with too little sleep is equivocal to driving with too much alcohol.
If you fall asleep at the wheel and kill or seriously injure someone, you could be charged with the felony crimes of Vehicular Homicide or Vehicular Assault. If you cause minor injury or serious property damage, you could be charged with the gross misdemeanor offense of Reckless Driving. If you cause a fender bender or no accident, then you could be charged with the traffic infraction of Negligent Driving 2nd degree.
For more information, please call Lynnwood DUI / traffic ticket lawyer Paul Hanson. Call (425) 778-7339 for a free first consultation.
The person standing on the street corner, wearing regular clothing, might just cost you a $136 ticket. Local law enforcement are now going undercover to catch drivers talking on their cell phones. The undercover officer is in plain clothes, and after spotting you talking on your phone while driving, will radio to the patrol car to pull you over and ticket you. Deputies say they can ticket up to 50 drivers an hour this way.
From 2014 to 2015 there was a 30% increase in deaths from distracted driving. That accounts for about 40 more people killed in that time. Deputies hope this emphasis patrol will cause people to change their driving behavior and save lives.
The sheriff’s office has produced a video showing how easy it is for them to find and ticket distracted drivers.
Call Lynnwood / Shoreline traffic ticket Attorney Paul Hanson at (425) 778-7339 for more information on distracted driving tickets.
Attorney Paul Hanson was pleased to receive a Certificate of Appreciation from the Judges at the Snohomish County District Court (South Division) in Lynnwood, WA for his volunteer attorney services at the court’s annual LAW DAY events.
Attorney Hanson organized LAW DAY student run mock criminal trials for over 875 fifth graders from the local Edmonds School District elementary schools. This was his 30th year of performing this LAW DAY volunteer service. He enjoys it as much as the 5th graders!
Photo by: Dan Bates / Everett Herald
Felony Drunk Driving (where someone is killed or seriously injured) is changed from a class C felony to a class B felony under House Bill HB2280, effective June 9, 2016. Felony drunk driving now carries a longer prison sentence and a higher fine. Contact Lynnwood / Shoreline DUI attorney Paul Hanson for more details.
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On November 17, 2015, the Snohomish County District Court judges ruled that the Prosecution and the Washington State Patrol must provide full information to DUI defense attorneys concerning the new police Draeger breath test instruments now being used in DUI cases. The new Draeger instruments were introduced in Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties in early January 2015. They replaced the old Datamaster breath test instruments.
The Snohomish County Prosecution, the Washington State Patrol and the Draeger manufacturer had all been resisting DUI defense attorney requests for the information on the Draeger operating systems.
Lynnwood / Shoreline DUI attorney Paul Hanson participated with other local DUI attorneys to obtain this favorable ruling for DUI clients.
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If you are not a US Citizen, getting a DUI conviction is much more serious. Even a very old DUI conviction can really hurt you. Immigration authorities can lock you up in detention centers, then deport you. The best defense is to show the immigration authorities that you’ve obtained alcohol / drug treatment and fully rehabilitated yourself. And getting a good, experienced DUI attorney who truly understands the serious immigration consequences non citizen clients face with a DUI charge. Lynnwood / Shoreline attorney Paul Hanson works closely with local immigration lawyers when his DUI clients are not US citizen.
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New 2015 DUI Law (Continued)
- DUI Drivers Driving Without Valid Licenses, Auto Insurance or Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs) – A mandatory 30 day jail sanction must be imposed by the court for any DUI driver probation who drives without a valid license, auto insurance, or a functioning Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in their vehicle.
- Open Marijuana Container Offense –Like for alcohol, it is now illegal to have an open container of marijuana in a vehicle. An open container of marijuana in a vehicle will result in a civil infraction traffic ticket (just like for an open alcohol container).
Lynnwood DUI Lawyer
New 2015 DUI Laws (Continued)
- 24/7 Alcohol Monitoring by Courts – Courts may now order pretrial 24/7 alcohol monitoring on DUI defendants facing a second or subsequent DUI charge in a lifetime.
- Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs) Violation Penalties – Defendants convicted of IID violations will now have their sentences now consecutively added to any DUI sentence imposed.
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New 2015 DUI Laws
Effective September 26, 2015, several new DUI laws go into effect. Among these are:
- Ignition Interlock Licenses (IILs) – The Department of Licensing is now permitted to issue temporary Ignition Interlock Licenses (IILs) to Washington residents authorized to drive with out of state licenses. This will mostly affect military personnel stationed in Washington.
- Physical Control Crime Defense – The Physical Control crime defense of pulling safely off the roadway before being pursued by police can now also be raised in Department of Licensing administrative license suspension hearing.
New 2015 DUI Laws