Archive for January, 2018

Snohomish County DUI Case Won

January 16th, 2018 No comments

Recently I won a hard fought DUI trial in the Snohomish County District Court (Everett Division).

My client had become sleepy on his way home at night to Mill Creek after consuming several drinks earlier in Monroe. So he pulled safely of the roadway, parked his car, turned off the engine, and went fast asleep in the driver’s seat with the keys still in the ignition.

About three hours later, a passing sheriff’s deputy noticed the parked car, checked it out, and woke up my sleeping client. He then admitted to drinking earlier and failed the police sobriety tests. He was arrested and charged with DUI.

At trial, I argued successfully that this was really a Physical Control While Under the Influence case, and not a DUI, since there had been no driving for 3 hours. And that the RCW 46.61.504 (2) Physical Control defense of pulling safely off the roadway before being pursued by police, fully applied here. The Judge agreed and found the client Not Guilty of DUI.

Once again, this case shows how important it is to safely pull off the roadway and park whenever a driver starts to feel too intoxicated to drive safely.

Lynnwood DUI Lawyer Paul Hanson Wins DUI case in Snohomish County


Drivers holding a phone behind the wheel will face a $136 ticket

January 4th, 2018 No comments

The grace period for Washington"s distracted driving law ended January 1st. Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers will now start ticketing all drivers caught talking, texting, or even holding their phones in the car. The first offense will cost drivers $136. A second ticket will cost $234. These offenses are reportable to insurance companies, which could raise rates like any other moving violation.

Plus, another section of the new law also says a person who engages in “any activity not related to the actual operation of a motor vehicle" — like eating or putting on makeup — is subject to pay an additional fine of $99. However it is a secondary offense and only applies if an officer catches a driver being distracted while committing a standard traffic offense, such as running a stop sign because their coffee spilled.

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