The Washington State Supreme Court recently addressed whether an officer is legally required to impound a vehicle after arresting the driver for a DUI or Physical Control While Under the Influence. Our current law, RCW 46.55.360, also known as “Hailey’s Law”, requires that the officer tow the vehicle to an impound lot for a minimum…

Do Police Officers Have Video Cameras? Ever hear the phrase “there are two sides to every story”? This old adage commonly appears in criminal cases. There is the officer’s version of events, and then there is the defendant’s version of events. My clients will often disagree with the things an officer writes in his or…

Arrested For a DUI? When a police officer arrests you for driving under the influence (DUI), it is natural to feel nervous about what may happen to you next. We understand that people never anticipate getting placed into this situation. For many people, a DUI charge is the first time they have ever been through…

My License Is Suspended Can I Still Drive? What Happens If I Am Caught Driving While Suspended? The answer to these questions depend on a number of things. The underlying reason for the suspension affects whether or not you can still drive while “suspended.” Washington classifies its license suspensions into three categories – “first degree”,…

For many people, an appearance in court is a very new experience. The process can be confusing and scary. This article will help explain how your first court date, the Arraignment, works. When you have been charged with a crime, the officer usually gives you a Citation, listing what the criminal charge is, and when…

Washington Marijuana DUI  – What is it all about? “I felt fine to drive. Why did the officer arrest me for a DUI?” For many marijuana DUI arrestees in Washington, they tried to do the responsible thing and wait until they felt fine before driving again. Unfortunately, the officer still made the decision to arrest….

DUI suspended license hearing – Recent Legal Changes Have you been arrested for a DUI or DWI? You probably received a stack of papers from the arresting police officer after you left the station. Pay attention to this paperwork, because one of those papers is a Request for a DOL Hearing. In most situations, the…

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