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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


Mobile DUI Command Center is Now Assisting The Holiday DUI Emphasis Patrols

November 30th, 2017 No comments


The Impaired Driving Section of the Washington State Patrol (WSP) has deployed its Mobile Impaired Driving Unit (MIDU). This deployment is in support of the DUI emphasis kicking off the holiday season.


The MIDU is a self-contained 36 foot motor home that has been retrofitted as a mobile DUI processing center and incident command post. The MIDU is equipped with three breath testing instruments, two temporary holding cells, three computer work stations, an incident command computer terminal, a dispatcher console with wireless access to WSP dispatch centers and a microwave downlink tower for real time broadcasts from WSP aircraft. This is a full service police station on wheels.


This will allow the WSP and local law enforcement to process DUI defendants much quicker, getting each trooper / officer back out on the road faster.


Additional troopers and other law enforcement agencies will be out on the roads this holiday season looking for impaired drivers.


Snohomish County District Court Judges rule DUI Draeger Breath Test Results Not Admissible

November 3rd, 2016 No comments

Lynnwood DUI Lawyer

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.