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Breathalyzers in Bars –

September 14th, 2015 No comments

More than 100 bars in Western Washington have installed new breathalyzer machines in recent weeks. The machines are part of a new project by a retired construction manager.

Bob Brazel says his machines come pre-calibrated and are supposed to be 95% accurate, but he wants to make it clear that law enforcement is the only group with an always accurate breathalyzer. He said he started this project because he feels like the area could use something like this device.

“I like the idea that people can self-monitor in the bars and they really have no idea if they’re over the limit or not,” Brazel said. “What this gives the customer is a chance to get an indication of where they are in the blood alcohol.”

“The response from bars has been very good,” Brazel said.

A portion of the proceeds are going to Northwest Harvest. In just one month Brazel’s business has donated enough money to feed 1200 families of three. Brazel said he hopes to install more machines in the area in the weeks to come and hopefully bring them for events, weddings, and other functions

Lynnwood DUI Attorney Paul Hanson – Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer

February 23rd, 2015 No comments

Attorney Paul Hanson is pleased to announce his recent selection as one of the Top 100 Criminal Defense lawyers in the State of Washington for 2015 by the American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA). Only 1.5% of criminal defense lawyers are so honored each year.

Congratulations Paul!

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A DUI stop and your Miranda rights in Lynnwood

February 2nd, 2015 No comments

You really do have the right to remain silent if you are stopped by police in Lynnwood or even any other city in Washington State.. As cliché as this may sound, it really is 100% true. An arresting officer can ask you as many questions as they want but never feel compelled to answer anything. If you are stopped by the police or placed under arrest, you can remain silent until you have a chance to speak with an attorney. This is a very important assertion of your Miranda rights, which often conflicts with what most people understand. In DUI cases, the arresting officer can place you in custody and escort you to the police department. Before they ask you further question they must inform you of your Miranda rights. After providing them, they can then continue to ask you incriminating questions.  Often times, the police will deliberately delay making a DUI arrest until they have completed their DUI investigation to avoid informing you of your Miranda rights until they have collected all of their needed DUI case information.  You should remain silent as soon as you are contacted by the police. Just provide proof of your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and liability insurance. Be fully cooperative. But don’t answer their questions about prior drinking and driving before your traffic stop.

Miranda Rights For DUI Stops in Lynnwood, Washington

Miranda Rights For DUI Stops in Lynnwood, Washington

Miranda Rights For DUI Stops in Lynnwood, Washington

 

DUI and Physical Control

January 20th, 2015 No comments

DUI and Physical Control laws are strictly enforced in Snohomish and King Counties. The current legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 for adults and .02 for those under 21. The legal limit for marijuana DUIs is 5 nanograms for blood THC content. However, you can still be charged with DUI even if you are below these limits- if the Prosecution can show that you were “affected” or “impaired” by any amount of alcohol, drugs, or both. You can also be convicted of “physical control of vehicle while intoxicated,” even if you aren’t actually driving the vehicle at the time of your arrest. The penalties for “physical control” are identical to those for DUI.

DUI Lawyers and Attorneys Kenmore, WA

DUI Lawyers and Attorneys Kenmore, WA

 

Extra DUI Patrols – Memorial Day

May 23rd, 2014 No comments

Please be aware that extra DUI patrols will be out in King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties looking for impaired drivers this Memorial Day Weekend.

This is part of “Target Zero”, Washington State’s Stratigec Highway Safety Plan, who’s goal is to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit www.targetzero.com. Additional information on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission can be found on the website, www.wtsc.wa.gov.

Extra DUI Patrols – Cinco de Mayo

May 5th, 2014 No comments

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!

Please be aware that extra DUI patrols will be out in King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties looking for impaired drivers.

This is part of “Target Zero”, Washington State’s Stratigec Highway Safety Plan, who’s goal is to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit www.targetzero.com. Additional information on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission can be found on the website, www.wtsc.wa.gov.

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.

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 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