Monthly Archives: June 2013

Drunk driver hands police his beer

A suspected drunk driver handed police a can of beer when they asked for his driver’s license and then claimed to be an assassin for the U.S. government after officers stopped him last week in Kent. The bizarre incident unfolded on the evening of June 8 as officers responded to a 7-Eleven parking lot after… Continue Reading »

Alcohol is Not the Only Cause for DUI

Washington’s DUI law can be found at RCW 46.61.502 and reads in part, “[a] person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, marijuana, or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within this state … (c) While the person is under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor, marijuana,… Continue Reading »

Biase has no Place in Our Criminal Courts

Judges can get themselves in hot water too. Just ask Judge Edith Jones of the New Orleans based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It is alleged that she said, “racial groups like African Americans and Hispanics are predisposed to crime,” and are “prone to commit acts of violence” and are likely to be more… Continue Reading »

Sammamish Sees an Increase in Teen DUI

As many as 1,000 concerned Sammamish, WA parents gathered on Monday night for a community meeting to discuss why their teenagers are so troubled. Two big issues set the meeting in motion. The first is the alarming teenage suicide rate in Sammamish, and the second is high number of kids who are drinking or drugging… Continue Reading »

Cart, Bike … if it has a Motor a DUI is Possible

A shopping cart DUI? Seriously? Yep, it recently happened in Fairbanks, Alaska. And as crazy as it may seem, don’t be so surprised … it could happen here in Washington State too. Both as a prosecutor and as a Seattle DUI defense lawyer I am personally aware of at least two similar incidents in Washington… Continue Reading »

Another Accident, Another DUI?

Another DUI related injury accident? There have been a slew of them lately. And this has caused prosecutors, courts and our legislative branch of our government to crack down on DUI’s more than ever before. The most recent occurred yesterday, June 7, 2013. In the early morning hours a 7 year old girl walking to… Continue Reading »

Pot Smelling Dogs Being Re-trained

When Dusty, a 19-month-old black Labrador, walked past a pipe full of marijuana during a recent police search of a house, he was doing exactly what his handler hoped. The newest drug-sniffing dog on the police force in Bremerton, near Seattle, is one of a few police dogs in Washington state that are not trained… Continue Reading »