The Do’s and Don’ts of Appearing in Court With Your Lawyer

By Paul | March 11, 2019 |

Going into the courtroom can be intimidating. However with a little preparation, it doesn’t have to be. Following these simple do’s and don’ts can help put your best foot forward and show your respect for the Judge and the law. It will help your case. Here are some tips for appearing in court with your…

Proposed 2019 Law to Increase $ Fines for Distracted Drivers in Washington School Zones

By Paul | February 12, 2019 |

If a bill is approved in the 2019 Legislative session, first time offenders of the state’s distracted driving law would face even higher penalties if they are caught in school zones. If House Bill 1256 survives the legislative session, first time distracted driving offenders would face higher penalties if they are pulled over in certain…

Trooper Answers Speeding Ticket Questions

By Paul | January 31, 2019 | Comments Off on Trooper Answers Speeding Ticket Questions

  Trooper Johnna Batiste discusses when Troopers decide to stop or not stop cars for speeding.   For more information on speeding tickets call Lynnwood Traffic Lawyer Paul Hanson at (425) 778-7339.

Utah adopts new DUI 0.05% legal limit

By Paul | December 27, 2018 |

Recently Utah changed its DUI breath / blood alcohol legal limit from 0.08% to 0.05%, the lowest in the nation. There is a similar move in legislatures of Washington and other states to do likewise. So we may see bills introduced in the 2019 Washington legislative session to adopt the 0.05% legal limit. For more…

New Deadlines for Washington Dept. of Licensing DUI License Suspension Telephone Hearings

By Paul | December 20, 2018 |

Effective January 1, 2019, those arrested for DUI whose breath / blood alcohol test levels are over 0.08% will have only 7 days to request a Department of Licensing license suspension telephone hearing. Formerly it was 20 days. And the DOL license suspension telephone hearings will be scheduled within 30 days of the arrest. Formerly…

Holiday DUI Patrols in Snohomish County

By Paul | November 19, 2018 |

Starting November 21, 2018, Snohomish County law enforcement agencies throughout the county will begin special holiday season DUI patrols.  Police officers from the Washington State Patrol, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, and Police Departments from Lynnwood, Lake Stevens, Marysville, and Edmonds will join forces for these combined police DUI patrols.  These holiday DUI patrols will be…

Individual Deferred Prosecution Results

By Paul | November 8, 2018 |

I received this wonderful follow-up letter the other day from a former Deferred Prosecution client.    Good afternoon Mr. Hanson, Almost five years ago, you helped me turn an embarrassing DUI into the ultimate positive turning point of my life. I can now confidently say that it was the best thing that could happen to…

Washington State Distracted Driving Law

By Paul | October 4, 2018 |

Washington State’s tough distracted driving law went into effect in July 2017. The law makes it illegal to use a handheld device while driving, even while stopped at a traffic signal or stop sign. But users who have holders for the device on their dash, can use the device minimally to start or stop an…

Seattle Municipal Court to Vacate Old Marijuana Possession Convictions

By Paul | September 25, 2018 |

The Seattle Municipal Court will now vacate old misdemeanor marijuana convictions for possession of marijuana that were obtained before marijuana was legalized in Washington in December 2012. About 542 convictions between 1996 and 2010 could be affected. Contact Lynnwood criminal defense lawyer Paul Hanson for more information. Call (425) 778-7339

Washington State Patrol Troopers are doing emphasis patrols on HOV carpool violators

By Paul | September 11, 2018 |

Washington State Patrol Troopers are doing emphasis patrols on HOV carpool violators. The five day emphasis patrols focus on freeways between north Pierce County and south Snohomish County. It includes all of King County. HOV / Carpool violations are one of the most frequent complaints troopers receive. Drivers face $136 if they are caught breaking…