Negligent Driving 1° vs. Negligent Driving 2° (click here)

Many drivers are confused about Negligent Driving 1° and Negligent Driving 2° offenses. The main difference is that Negligent Driving 1° is a more serious misdemeanor criminal charge. While Negligent Driving 2° is a much less serious traffic infraction. Like a speeding ticket or running a red light. Negligent Driving 1°, RCW 46.61.5949 (1) (a),…

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Snohomish County Sheriff’s Deputies Test Out Body Cameras (Click Here)

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office announced on September 2, 2021, that some deputies would soon begin wearing and testing police body cameras. The body cameras will be worn during a six week test program. Deputies in the Violent Offender Task Force, Patrol division, and Motorcycle unit will wear the cameras. More than 60 % of…

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What To Do After a Car Accident (Click Here)

Lynnwood Lawyer Paul Hanson SPECIAL AUTO ACCIDENT INFORMATION If you are in a car/auto accident involving injuries or property damage, there are certain important actions you should take. These actions will help you avoid future hassles with insurance claims adjusters. And help you obtain full and fair $ compensation for your bodily injuries and car…

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Recent DUI Breath Test “Refusal” Case Win (Click Here)

Recently Lynnwood DUI attorney Paul Hanson won an unusual DUI license revocation “refusal” telephone hearing case with the Department of Licensing (DOL). His DUI client, after being arrested, blew separate 3 times into the police Draeger breath test instrument at the Mill Creek Police Station. Each time, the DUI client blew exactly as instructed by…

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False Breath Test “Refusals” in DUI Cases (Click Here)

Arrested DUI drivers taken in to police stations for the Police Draeger breath test will sometimes be accused of “refusing” the offered breath test. Even after they have blown into the Draeger instrument several times. And even after they tried their best to blow as instructed. Such drivers are then penalized with a much longer…

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The Statute of Limitations (Click Here)

Washington State law sets time limits for the filing of criminal charges. Such time limits are called Statute of Limitations. No criminal charge can be filed after the statute of limitations has expired for that particular crime. For gross misdemeanor crimes, like DUI, Reckless Driving, Assault 4°, Theft 3°, Driving While License Revoked (DWLR) 2°,…

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No More WA License Suspensions Just for Unpaid Non-Criminal Traffic Tickets

On June 2, 2021, a Thurston County Superior Court judge ordered the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) to stop suspending licenses of drivers who can’t afford to pay fines on non-criminal traffic violations. The judge ruled that the DOL must cancel all driver license suspensions for failing to pay non criminal traffic tickets because…

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Vacating Criminal Convictions vs. Expunging Non-Conviction Police Arrest Records (Click Here)

Many people, even lawyers, are confused about the difference between vacating a criminal conviction and expunging non-conviction criminal history. Expungement is the legal process used to persuade local Washington police agencies and the Washington State Patrol Criminal History Records Section in Olympia, WA to destroy all non-conviction criminal history records of a police arrest. Such…

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DUI Emphasis Patrols in Snohomish County (click here)

This weekend, Snohomish County law enforcement agencies throughout the county will conduct DUI emphasis patrols. These will be from 8:00 PM to 4:00 AM on both Friday and Saturday nights. Police officers from the Washington State Patrol, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, and Police Departments from Edmonds, Marysville, & Mountlake Terrace will be doing high visibility…

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