Attempted DUIs and How to Avoid Them

Attempted DUIs, or a ‘physical control’ charge in Washington, is a criminal offense where an intoxicated driver does not operate a vehicle, but has physical control of the vehicle or the intent to drive under the influence. In the case of an attempted DUI, a prosecutor must prove in court…
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Refusing a Breathalyzer Test: Everything You Need to Know

A breathalyzer test gives law enforcement officers a quick and easy way to determine if someone has had too much to drink. Breath tests to determine sobriety are a common occurrence, but their results are not always accurate. For this and many other reasons, drivers may consider refusing a breathalyzer test.…
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Preparing a Marijuana DUI Defense

What Is a Marijuana DUI? Initiative 502, passed in 2012, legalized marijuana for recreational use, making it legal for people 21 and over to possess and use marijuana. The initiative also changed Washington’s marijuana laws regarding DUI, amending the previous DUI laws regarding marijuana. Washington considers people caught with a blood…
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What a defendant should consider in deciding whether to go to a jury trial

As a Criminal Defense Attorney in Seattle there almost always comes a time when I speak with a client or defendant about the possibility of a jury trial.  In making that decision a defendant needs to consider several factors in determining whether to move forward with a jury trial in…
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Sexual Exploitation Arrest Sting Operation in Seattle

A sexual exploitation arrest and prostitution sting operation was conducted by the Seattle Police Department earlier in July 2016.  If you have been cited or contacted about a sexual exploitation arrest by the Seattle Police it is imperative you contact a Seattle Criminal Defense Attorney ASAP that has experience in…
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Are You Up To Date on Washington State DUI Laws?

All states have varying drunk driving laws. In Washington State, driving under the influence (DUI) laws are among the most strict and enforced in the nation. A driver can be arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and both offenses carry serious consequences including, loss of license,…
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When to Accept a Plea Deal in a Criminal Case

When should you take a plea deal in a criminal case?  That is the million dollar question that always gets asked by a client when offered any sort of plea deal in their criminal matter.  Accepting a plea deal is not always an easy decision due to many factors and…
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A breath test can be disclosed in a DUI jury trial opening statement thanks to recent decision

Recently the Washington State Court of Appeals Division One expanded on what can be said in an opening statement involving a DUI breath test and to nobody's surprise it is a very Prosecutor friendly ruling.  Traditionally the opening statement by the Prosecution in a criminal DUI jury trial outlines the…
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Four tips on effective jury selection in criminal cases

Seattle Criminal Defense Attorney Matthew Leyba discuess four tips on effective jury selection in criminal cases in latest you tube video blog  
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How will my life be affected by a DUI Arrest?

It’s important to understand the gravity that surrounds a DUI arrest—it is a very serious offense. DUI attorneys in Seattle have dealt with many different cases surrounding DUIs. While the severity of the offense can vary depending on a person’s background and record, there are a few things to consider…
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