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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.

Driving While Sleep Impaired Traffic Offenses

September 20th, 2016 No comments

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 is equivocal to driving with too much alcohol.

If you fall asleep at the wheel and kill or seriously injure someone, you could be charged with the felony crimes of Vehicular Homicide or Vehicular Assault. If you cause minor injury or serious property damage, you could be charged with the gross misdemeanor offense of Reckless Driving. If you cause a fender bender or no accident, then you could be charged with the traffic infraction of Negligent Driving 2nd degree.

For more information, please call Lynnwood DUI / traffic ticket lawyer Paul Hanson. Call (425) 778-7339 for a free first consultation.


Drivers Beware: Cops now go undercover to catch distracted drivers in Washington State

June 23rd, 2016 No comments

The person standing on the street corner, wearing regular clothing, might just cost you a $136 ticket. Local law enforcement are now going undercover to catch drivers talking on their cell phones. The undercover officer is in plain clothes, and after spotting you talking on your phone while driving, will radio to the patrol car to pull you over and ticket you. Deputies say they can ticket up to 50 drivers an hour this way.

From 2014 to 2015 there was a 30% increase in deaths from distracted driving. That accounts for about 40 more people killed in that time. Deputies hope this emphasis patrol will cause people to change their driving behavior and save lives.

The sheriff’s office has produced a video showing how easy it is for them to find and ticket distracted drivers.


Call Lynnwood / Shoreline traffic ticket Attorney Paul Hanson at (425) 778-7339 for more information on distracted driving tickets.

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

June 9th, 2016 No comments

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 Edmonds School District elementary schools. This was his 30th year of performing this LAW DAY volunteer service. He enjoys it as much as the 5th graders!

Law Day 2016

Photo by: Dan Bates / Everett Herald


New 2016 Criminal Laws – Felony Drunk Driving in Washington State

May 26th, 2016 No comments

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.


Lynnwood DUI Lawyer

Lynnwood DUI Lawyer

New DUI Ruling by Snohomish County District Court

November 25th, 2015 No comments

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 early January 2015. They replaced the old Datamaster breath test instruments.

The Snohomish County Prosecution, the Washington State Patrol and the Draeger manufacturer had all been resisting DUI defense attorney requests for the information on the Draeger operating systems.

Lynnwood / Shoreline DUI attorney Paul Hanson participated with other local DUI attorneys to obtain this favorable ruling for DUI clients.

Paul Hanson, DUI Attorney

Paul Hanson, DUI Attorney


DUI charges for the Non US Citizen

November 24th, 2015 No comments

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 rehabilitated yourself. And getting a good, experienced DUI attorney who truly understands the serious immigration consequences non citizen clients face with a DUI charge. Lynnwood / Shoreline attorney Paul Hanson works closely with local immigration lawyers when his DUI clients are not US citizen.

Lynnwood DUI Lawyer

Lynnwood DUI Lawyer

New 2015 DUI Laws (Continued)

September 22nd, 2015 No comments

New 2015 DUI Law (Continued)

  1. 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.
  2. Open Marijuana Container Offense –Like for alcohol, it is now illegal to have an open container of marijuana in a vehicle. An open container of marijuana in a vehicle will result in a civil infraction traffic ticket (just like for an open alcohol container).
Lynnwood DUI Lawyer

Lynnwood DUI Lawyer