Yearly Archives: 2012

New Restricted License Application from DOL

The DOL has a new application for the Ignition Interlock License. All “restricted” license applications are now streamlined into one simple application, Eligibility and/or Restrictions for a Restricted Driver’s License are as follows: (1) The DOL will determine what type of temporary restricted license a person qualifies for based on their evaluation of the… Continue Reading »

Impacts of I-502 on the Horizon?

Washington State is on the verge of becoming the first state in the nation to let adults over 21 buy taxed, inspected marijuana at state-licensed shops. Supporters say passing Initiative 502 on November 6, 2012 could make drug laws more reasonable, prevent thousands of arrests a year, and bring Washington hundreds of millions of dollars… Continue Reading »

Massachusetts Drug Lab Chemist Charged with Obstructing Justice

Convicted and imprisoned defendants may soon be released in the State of Massachusetts because of the suspected mishandling of evidence by a chemist at a Massachusetts drug lab. The chemist has been criminally charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly skirting protocols and faking test results at the now-closed state drug lab. At least two… Continue Reading »

A New Obligation on the Horizon?

When someone is convicted of a DUI in Washington there are a lot of things he is required to do. For instance, he will be required to at least do a 24 hour stint in jail, pay a fine of $350 (plus court costs, fees and assessments), and attend an 8 hour alcohol/ drug information… Continue Reading »

SPD Lieutenant Acquitted

A Seattle police lieutenant was found not guilty of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge Tuesday, but he still faces a criminal charge for allegedly violating a no-contact order in that case. Lt. Donnie Lowe was charged in June with domestic violence assault and ordered to stay away from his wife, who was involved in the… Continue Reading »

Tougher DUI laws in Washington and Beyond

Around the world, not just in Washington State, DUI laws are becoming tougher. Case in point, Russian legislators called Tuesday for stronger measures against drunken driving after a gruesome weekend accident in which a car crashed into a bus stop at 125 mph, killing seven people — five of them teenagers with learning disabilities, the… Continue Reading »

Recent Change to Washington State DUI Law

In March of this year Governor Christine Gregoire signed into law Substitute House Bill 2443. The same took effect last month. Among other things, the new law modified the penalty phase of a DUI conviction as it relates to home detention (also known as electronic home monitoring – “EHM”). For many people, one of the… Continue Reading »

Reductions From DUI to Reckless Driving No Longer Result in Additional License Suspensions

Whenever a person is arrested for a DUI and there is either a breath or blood test over the legal limit or an allegation of a refusal to give a breath or a blood sample, there are two different legal proceedings that occur. First, there is a criminal proceeding through the criminal courts. Second, there… Continue Reading »

DOL Hearing Request Fees to Increase

In Washington State, the Department of Licensing is authorized to administratively suspend, revoke or otherwise deny an individual’s driver’s license for potentially up to – under certain specific circumstances – four years if arrested for DUI/ Physical Control. This is true even if the criminal case related to the incident giving rise to the administrative… Continue Reading »

Potential Outcomes in a Washington State DUI Case

There are many potential outcomes in any Washington DUI case. Below is a short list of some of the possible outcomes for someone facing a DUI charge in Washington State. The list is not exclusive, but does give a broad overview of what might happen to someone facing a Washington DUI. The first possible outcome… Continue Reading »