Monday, November 17, 2014
As any notable Kent DUI attorney such as Kim Hunter would point out, this case proves that sometimes police officers can get DUI arrests all wrong. After all, many of the outward symptoms of being high are attributable to other factors. For instance, red eyes can be caused by eye strain or an infection. Fuzzy thoughts, on the other hand, might be the effect of fatigue and not necessarily intoxication.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
When people hear the word “driving under the influence” or DUI, they often associate it with alcohol intake. As one of the few states where marijuana use is legal for medical reasons, however, Washington also deals with DUI cases where the cause of intoxication is “pot.” In fact, after marijuana was legalized in 2013, cops arrested more “stoned” drivers that year compared to 2011 and 2012.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
When it comes to marijuana use, the state police have long been preparing for this increase in DUI cases. In fact, in the first eight months alone of the legalization, authorities have already seen 37 DUI marijuana-related DUI arrests. The problem, so it appears, is that people wrongly assume that just because using marijuana is now legal, they can do that and drive at the same time. This isn’t the case, though, as also clearly exemplified by the relationship of alcohol with driving: you can drink, but you can’t drive when you do. Depending on the circumstances, officers can ask a suspected DUI offender to perform a field sobriety test to determine if there is any kind of impairment present. A blood test or urine test may also be requested, but as any DUI defense lawyer in Federal Way, or in surrounding areas—such as from the Law Offices of Kim E. Hunter—would advise, a judge must first sign a search before such tests can be granted.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Ray Rice may have thrown the punch, but right now, he’s the one reeling, about to get knocked out cold. The former Baltimore Ravens running back didn’t know what hit him as soon as the video of him punching his ex-fiancé-now-wife surfaced in the media back in September. Immediately, anti-domestic violence groups swooped down on the NFL—including 16 U.S. female senators, no less—demanding that the sports organization implement a zero tolerance policy against domestic violence. Feeling the pressure to make an appropriate response, the NFL put Rice on an indefinite suspension. Meanwhile, the Ravens, in a bid to disassociate with him, cut him out of the team, leaving Rice to protest this decision.