Monthly Archives: July 2011

Only in New York?

Mary Richardson Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s wife, was arrested and cited for driving under the influence (“DUI”) on August 21, 2010 in Hudson Valley, New York. Ms. Kennedy was initially pulled over for speeding on the Taconic State Parkway. After investigating, police determined that her ability to drive a motor vehicle was impaired due… Continue Reading »

New Changes Help Immigrants

A one-day reduction in the state’s maximum sentence for a gross misdemeanor is expected to reduce the number of legal immigrants who face deportation, as new immigration laws went in to effect in Washington State. The new state law, which came into effect Friday, reduces the maximum penalty from 365 to 364 days in jail… Continue Reading »

From the Annals of it Could Happen to Anyone

A King County Drug Court Diversion Program case manager was recently arrested and charged with driving under the influence – not just once, but twice. Drug court diversion program case managers are intermediaries between treatment agencies and the drug court; they collect information about how patients are progressing and present it to the court. Case… Continue Reading »

Mayor Wants Escorts to Show ID

Mayor Mike McGinn told the owner of the Seattle Weekly Friday to drop all of its advertisements for escort services until it sets up better standards for screening the ages of their advertised escort models. McGinn continues to take a hard stance against the Weekly and parent company Village Voice Media for their affiliations to… Continue Reading »

Hailey's Law in Effect come Friday

Hailey’s Law, approved by the Washington State Legislature earlier this year, goes into effect this Friday, July 22, 2011. The law places a mandatory 12-hour impound requirement on any vehicle driven by a person arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Washington State. Effectively, this means that a vehicle driven by a DUI suspect… Continue Reading »

Emphasis Patrol in Seattle

Weekend revelers heading out to sample Seattle’s nightlife can expect to see more officers on the streets as patrols are added to hot spots around the city of Seattle. As a result, the number of DUI arrests have significantly increased. Police are looking for people causing trouble – but officers say it’s also about building… Continue Reading »

Pop Rocker and MVP DUI'd

Two more public figures were recently arrested for Driving Under the Influence (“DUI”). It just goes to show, it is not just the common folk who get stopped for drinking and driving. On May 1, 2011, 61 year old singer/ actor Rick Springfield was stopped for speeding on Pacific Coast Highway in Southern California; he… Continue Reading »

DUI Crash Injures Trooper

Three people were injured, including a Washington State Patrol trooper, during a traffic stop on Interstate 405 late Thursday. Trooper Michael Porter had stopped a silver BMW X3 for investigation of DUI about 11:45 p.m. at northbound I-405 near State Route 520. The trooper was arresting the driver of the BMW when a woman driving… Continue Reading »

Holiday Emphasis Patrols

As it seems for all holidays these days, the Washington State Patrol has increased its emphasis on DUI’s for the 4th of July weekend by way of its “Target Zero” specialty unit. Target Zero looks for people driving aggressively, or who appear distracted or impaired. It is argued that holiday weekends see more drivers on… Continue Reading »