Monthly Archives: April 2014

Employer Exemption? IID to be, or not to be …

Anyone convicted of DUI in Washington State faces the prospect of losing his driving privilege for at least 90 days. And to drive during that period, or to drive immediately thereafter, the person must drive only a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device (‘IID’). Unfortunately, however, many people use a vehicle for work related… Continue Reading »

Impact of a Decision; Conciousness of Guilt

Recently our Court of Appeals, Division One (State v. Mecham, No. 69613-1, April 21, 2014) came down with an unfavorable ruling for folks facing a DUI charge in Washington State. Undoubtedly this ruling will be appealed to our State Supreme Court, but as of now one’s decision to refuse’ voluntary’ field sobriety testing can be… Continue Reading »

Justice – too little, too late?

Justice was certainly not done when a Bellevue police officer failed to: (1) cite a colleague for drunken driving, (2) conduct field sobriety tests or (3) make an effort to obtain the officer’s blood-alcohol level before letting him leave the scene with his wife. Justice, however, was done this past Wednesday when that same officer, Doug… Continue Reading »

Distracted Driver Crackdown Commences

Starting on Thursday of this week, law enforcement officers will be cracking down on distracted drivers in Washington State. The extra patrols are part of the ‘U Drive. U Text. U Pay’ national campaign, which is acting in concert with Washington’s Target Zero campaign to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious vehicle related injuries by 2030.… Continue Reading »

DOL, DUI and License Suspensions

When someone gets cited for DUI, one of the consequences of the incident is the very real and demoralizing prospect of having his/her driver’s license suspended or revoked for a period of time. The period of time of the suspension/ revocation depends on a myriad of factors ranging from whether the person has prior DUI’s… Continue Reading »