6 Tips to Avoid a Holiday DUI

Driving under the influence (DUI) arrests are at their highest during Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Between Christmas and New Year, the U.S. sees the average number of fatalities involving alcohol-impaired drivers rise 34 percent. Each year, the number of travelers flooding the roads for winter celebrations increases, including a…
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New you tube video on 4 steps to take after a DUI arrest

Seattle DUI Attorney Matthew Leyba discusses the 4 steps a driver should take following a DUI arrest to ensure they give themselves the best chance of defending the DUI case
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Choosing a Seattle DUI Attorney

Being arrested for driving under the influence (a DUI) in Seattle is a significant and frightening affair. Not only is the whole process complex and detailed, but the outcome of your case can have life altering ramifications. In order to ensure that there is a strong defense and an agreeable…
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So the DUI FST’s are admissible in a trial…now what?

In a DUI case often times there are several key pieces of evidence the Prosecution rely upon.  The field sobriety tests (FSTs) are one of these and therefore must be challenged by the DUI defense attorney.  Unfortunately the reality is often times these tests are found to be admissible for…
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The Penalties of a Seattle DUI

A driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol charge in Washington state usually results in harsh penalties, such as loss of license, jail time, ignition interlock requirements or fines. Knowing all the penalties associated with a DUI charge in Seattle can help you make the right choices to…
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Does new WA case limit use of DUI SCRAM in DUI cases?

Recently the Washington Supreme Court released a ruling in State v. Hardtke.  Essentially limiting the Court's ability to require a defendant to wear a DUI SCRAM bracelet or some other expensive pretrial conditions of release (i.e., Home detention).  However in my opinion this ruling is not likely to affect the…
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You tube video on What Happens at a DUI jury trial

Seattle DUI lawyer Matthew Leyba discusses the different stages of a DUI jury trial in his latest you tube video blog
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Should there be alternatives for pretrial ignition interlock conditions in DUI cases?

If you have been arrested for a DUI in the Seattle area then you face the possibility of a Judge imposing pretrial conditions at your arraignment.  This means the Judge has the authority to require a defendant to follow certain conditions while the case is pending.  Typically on DUI cases…
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New WA state case expands on reasonable suspicion to stop based on lane travel

One of the most common reasons drivers get pulled over and ultimately arrested for DUI in Seattle is based on violations of the lane travel statute. In 2008 the case of State v. Prado elaborated on what constitutes a violation of the lane travel statute. Last week the Division One…
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Do law enforcement agencies have a DUI arrest quota system?

One question I have always wondered as a Seattle DUI Attorney is whether law enforcement agencies have a DUI arrest quota system in place.  I recently came across an article apparently confirming they do in Tennessee which makes you wonder.  Is it really that far fetched to think other law…
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