Monday, June 22, 2015
The summer season also means parties and celebrations everywhere, and the temptation to drink and drive might be too strong to ignore. No matter what people might tell you, however, drinking and driving is never a good mix, their combination often ending badly with disastrous results. Moreover, once you get caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you’ll be subjected to the strictest anti-DUI laws in the nation. If, by unfortunate circumstance, you do get charged with DUI, it’s possible for you to try and have it lowered by making a plea bargain for wet reckless, particularly if you weren’t involved in a road accident. Before preparing to plead down a DUI charge to a wet reckless, however, legal experts recommend seeking the help of an experienced Puyallup DUI attorney first.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Last year, the nation was shocked by the story of Dante Cunningham, the former forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who was falsely accused by his girlfriend of domestic violence. Though the court has ultimately been able to prove that not only the charges were baseless, but the accuser took measures to frame Cunningham by presenting false evidence, this charge had forever changed his life, with his contract with the Timberwolves not renewed. According to his agent, Joel Bell, Cunningham could’ve earned more than $4 million had it not been for the domestic violence charges.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
When you’re in trouble with the law because of driving under the influence, it’s best to call up a DUI attorney in Federal Way to help you resolve the issue. Being convicted of DUI in Washington State can be quite troubling. Your first conviction alone has some heavy penalties: jail from a day to a year, license suspension for a month, and a fine of up to $5,000. You’ll want to fight the charges against you and legal help is exactly what you need. There are two things that a prosecutor needs to prove beyond reasonable doubt: 1) that you were the person driving the vehicle; and 2) that you were under the influence of alcohol. You can’t contest about being the driver, but a good lawyer could be able to put in doubt the issue of whether you were under the influence; this is done by contesting the evidence brought by the prosecution or making them inadmissible.
Friday, June 19, 2015
When you’re being charged with driving under the influence (DUI), you should immediately contact a reliable Kent DUI attorney who is well-versed with Washington’s DUI laws. This is especially important if this is your second or third time being arrested for DUI, especially since there are severe penalties for being convicted of DUI in the state.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
It’s not just the laws getting tough against DUI. Even the judges think enough is enough. Last March, 2015, Pierce County Superior Court judge Jerry Costello refused a DUI offender’s plea for a reduced sentence and went with the maximum possible jail time of nine months. The repeat offender still carries a DUI record from back in 2012, where he had been given the privilege to serve a reduced sentence upon completing a program.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Some people charged with a crime would be quick to enter a guilty plea in hopes of serving less time in jail. Defense attorneys like “Super Lawyer” Kim E. Hunter advise against this, as the client doesn’t consider his or her other legal options. If the evidence in favor of the defense is strong but the defendant pleads guilty, there’s not much attorneys can do at that point. That said, there is a second plea you might not know about: the Alford plea.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Americans appreciate a good joke that’s delivered in good taste. Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin thought of a good joke for April Fools, but it was anything but good taste. On his Twitter, Irvin “apologized” to his fans and team for making “a terrible decision b driving [sic].” Shortly after, he detailed in another tweet that he had a few drinks. Just before 9:00 p.m., he tweeted again, claiming that his previous tweets were all a joke.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Senate Bill 5105, which was earlier reported to make Washington’s DUI laws much tougher, has made headway along the legislative process. During the regular session on April 3, the Senate unanimously passed the bill 49-0. A follow-up session on April 29 also saw the bill being passed unanimously at 44-0 (5 excused). All that’s left now is the House’s approval. However, lawmakers are optimistic seeing that the House has passed its own legislation to toughen up DUI laws.