Monday, August 17, 2015
Imagine this: you’ve had a few drinks at a party, and then you decide to drive your friends home anyway. As you traverse along the highway, you suddenly see blue and red lights on your mirror, and a cop signals you to stop driving and park your car on a corner. Though this may be enough reason for you to panic, remember that field sobriety tests are voluntary and not mandated under Washington law, and you may opt not to perform any of these tests, including a breath test. Should the cops see reason to arrest you, refusing a breath test at the police station is a different matter altogether, which may even lead to a license suspension. To avoid suffering from the repercussions of refusing a breath test, always seek help first from a trusted DUI lawyer who can help you with your case.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Domestic violence is, undoubtedly, a serious issue. The effects extend beyond the victim to every member of the household. It only follows that the law mandates strict guidelines on all aspects of crimes under this category, especially in terms of punishment. The applicable laws vary from state to state. If the domestic violence incident happened in Auburn, the Washington state laws determine the procedures, punishment, etc. In Washington, domestic violence is an encompassing category of crimes. The Washington State Legislature lists the exact crimes that classify as domestic violence when committed by a household or family member against another, such as assault, shooting, reckless endangerment, and unlawful imprisonment. The category is not limited to those listed, though. In any case, these crimes are given levels depending on severity—simple misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, and felony. The penalty depends on what level the crime is grouped into.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Most people mistakenly think that a car accident case ends once it is proven who was at fault. While this logic may apply to most common road accidents, circumstances are not always the same. An experienced DUI defense lawyer knows that there are hundreds of ways a case may shift. The tiniest details and the smallest evidences can all be used to prove someone’s guilt or innocence, this is why it is extremely important to remember these tips if you are accused of DUI: Recall how the accident happened – Yes this is already asked of you, but when recalling important situations, do not just dwell on the major picture, but try to recall the tiniest details.
Last April, 2015, Washington State Patrol troopers arrested a man for driving under the influence near Interstate 5 and Highway 2. He was “running stop signs, hitting the curb and driving on a roundabout” among other dangerous or questionable behaviors. He was also driving a van with elderly folks from the Snohomish Senior Center as his passengers, who were just going to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Later on, it was discovered that the driver volunteered to drive the seniors to their field trip destination but had taken prescription medications that may have impaired his driving skills. The passengers became uncomfortable and even alarmed because of his actions to the point that they demanded him to pull over.