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Archive for December 2013

New Years Schedule

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

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…

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New Deferred Sentence laws

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.…

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Holiday Schedule

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…

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Marijuana and your Commercial Drivers License (CDL)

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…

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New DUI Laws: Wrong Way Driving

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…

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New Arrest and Pre Trial Conditions for Repeat Offenders

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…

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New tougher DUI Laws: DUI Driver with Child in car

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…

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