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 facts of their case, who and..
Does new WA case limit use of DUI SCRAM in DUI cases?
September, 16 2015
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 way DUI cases are handled..
Do law enforcement agencies have a DUI arrest quota system?
March, 14 2015
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 enforcement agencies around the Country..
In November of 2013 a bad DUI case came out for the DUI Defense community in Washington State. State v. Mashek, 117 Wash.App. 749. It had to do with a breath test suppression and what is requirement of a law enforcement officer when it comes to actually observing the defendant prior to the administration of the..
I previously blogged about what takes place at a free initial consultation with a DUI Attorney as well as the types of questions to ask when interviewing a DUI Attorney. The post deals with what qualities to look for during this initial consultation. In my opinion there are several to consider and look for during..
Last week in Olympia a man convicted of his 7th DUI was sentenced to 1 year in jail, but allowed to serve that time on Work Release in Thurston County, WA. The sentence received by this guy has drawn outrage among many in Olympia due to the sentence he received. Although Im sure most of..