Saturday, September 3, 2016
The Washington State Bar Association invites esteemed Auburn defense attorney Kim E. Hunter to speak at the Criminal Law Section Member Benefit CLE in Spokane. The event was held last June 4, 2016 at the Gonzaga University School of Law. The Criminal Law Section Member Benefit: Marijuana Law Update, Fact Patterns and No-contact Orders seminar gave those who attended a chance to gain continuing legal education credits for Ethics (07.5) and Legal Procedure (1.25).
The Criminal Law Section tackled marijuana law including an overview of the new bills taking effect in 2015 and 2016. New changes that have been discussed will no doubt affect possession, growth and use of the substance. Some issues regarding ethics were also talked over, particularly those about procedures in the disciplinary process and limits on the rights and privileges of respondents.
Friday, September 2, 2016
Some motorists believe that refusing to submit to a chemical test for alcohol when pulled over won’t get them into more trouble. Granted that it is an individual’s right to refuse the test but doing so will lead to license suspension. Drivers should be more aware about the “Implied Consent Law” and its implications when it comes to driving under the influence of alcohol. An experienced DUI attorney in Kent can shed more light on the subject.
Implied Consent Law
Washington’s Implied Consent law explicitly states that drivers arrested for DUI are required to take a blood or breath test. In simplified terms, anyone who drives a vehicle in the state agrees to take the test if asked by an officer of the law. Of course, the arrest would have to be done lawfully, meaning that the arresting officer should have probable cause to believe that you are indeed driving under the influence.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Being pulled over for driving under the influence (DUI) poses serious ramifications for a motorist. With penalties ranging from a suspended license to serving jail time, a DUI arrest is no small matter.
But, is the arrest valid? Long held to be the holy grail of sobriety testing, the main basis for DUI arrests–the breathalyzer–isn’t the reliable tool many believe it is. As any experienced Puyallup DUI lawyer knows, the instrument possesses flaws calling into question the very convictions it has sealed.