Monthly Archives: July 2013

And there off … not quite yet, but this Sunday the hydroplanes, a high flying airshow and Seafair are back in action and that means … Boating Under the Influence emphasis patrols … yikes. Commencing Friday and ending late Sunday law enforcement will be patrolling our Lake Washington waterways looking for impaired boaters. Last year… Continue Reading »

Washington’s new Boating Under the Influence (“BUI”) laws have taken effect; operating a boat (or other motorized water vessel) while impaired just became a whole lot more riskier. As of today, a person convicted of BUI faces 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. Revised RCW 79A.60.040 is aimed at: (1) improving boating safety… Continue Reading »

And it is official; Thursday Governor Inslee signed into law a measure to more closely monitor motorists who are repeatedly convicted of DUI. As previously posted, under the bill: (1) drivers charged with a subsequent DUI face mandatory arrest and booking into jail, and the pleasure of installing an interlock device on any vehicle they… Continue Reading »

Defendants in general have an uphill battle in our criminal justice system, and when the government punishes (and even fires) employees for doing the right thing, you have to wonder if there actually is justice within our legal system. Case in point, an employee of the Florida state attorney’s office who was fired after he… Continue Reading »

Vehicle forfeitures for 2nd offense DUI’s? It may become the standard in Washington. They are testing the procedure in Yakima. Recently Yakima police, along with a Yakima assistant city attorney, seized the vehicle of a repeat DUI offender while she was serving a 75 day jail sentence for her second drunken-driving offense within 7 years.… Continue Reading »

The new fiscal year began on July 1. In like kind, state government spending regulations kicked in, and despite their inability to quickly agree on a state operating budget, Washington state lawmakers managed to pass more than 330 bills. Many of those laws take effect at the end of July. The following are a few… Continue Reading »