Monthly Archives: January 2018

Change in the Air?

Washington lawmakers continue their push to change our driving while license suspended laws. Legislators, civil-rights groups and others say Driving While License Suspended 3rd Degree (DWLS 3) disproportionately burdens the poor and communities of color. Sadly, DWLS 3 is the state’s most commonly charged crime, according to a 2017 report by the American Civil Liberties… Continue Reading »

Lowering of the .08 Threshold Imminent?

Recently the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration commissioned a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked the Academies to determine which strategies for reducing impaired driving have proven to be effective. The report (a whopping 489 pages and written by a panel) made several recommendations,… Continue Reading »

Rules to be Followed

Many folks facing criminal charges are often confused by the court process and why ‘everything’ cannot be brought up in a criminal trial. Unfortunately (or fortunately – depending on which side of the case you sit), it is not as simple as throwing the proverbial bowl of noodles at the wall and see what sticks.… Continue Reading »

What Once was – Is No Longer

Oh how times have changed in the realm of Washington DUI law. Not so many years ago a driver charged with a DUI, and fortunate enough to get an amended charge like Reckless Driving or Negligent Driving, was often spared actual jail time and instead was permitted to ‘do their time’ via community service hours.… Continue Reading »