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DUI Lawyers and Attorneys in King and Snohomish Counties. Washington State.

Big Probation Changes at Snohomish County District Court

On May 1, 2018, all four divisions / courthouses of the Snohomish County Distirct Court (SCDC) will restructure their probation model. New evidence based practices will be introduced for all defendants placed on court probation. The Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS) will be used as the probation assessment instrument. It will classify Defendant’s probation as…

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Snohomish County DUI Case Won

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…

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Driving While Sleep Impaired Traffic Offenses

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…

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2016 Law Day in Snohomish County District Court (South Division)

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…

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New 2016 Criminal Laws – Felony Drunk Driving in Washington State

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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New DUI Ruling by Snohomish County District Court

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…

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DUI charges for the Non US Citizen

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…

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New 2015 DUI Laws (Continued)

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…

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