Posted by Michelle Dellino | Dec 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
Happy New Year! It's time to celebrate the end of 2015 and the start of a new year! Enjoy your celebration this evening but remember to drink responsibly. DUI patrols are out in increased numbers, perhaps more than any other night of the year.
You do not want to start out 2016 with a DUI charge....
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Dec 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
With holiday parties and festivities in full swing, many people will take the opportunity to eat, drink, and be merry. ‘Tis the season, right? It's a festive time of year. Many people are out to enjoy themselves over a glass of eggnog or a holiday martini. Others are drinking due to holiday str...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Dec 09, 2015 | 0 Comments
The holiday season is well underway! Decorations are up, stores are crowded with an abundance of shoppers, and holiday parties have commenced. For many, it is a time of happiness and cheer. It's a time to celebrate and appreciate time with family and friends. For others, the holidays are particul...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Nov 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
Both King County and the city of Seattle have alternative courts available for eligible veterans. These are rehabilitative courts rather than retributive courts. They offer an opportunity for veterans with diagnosed mental illnesses to avoid jail time, access treatment, and work toward rehabilita...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Nov 09, 2015 | 0 Comments
If you experience the often traumatizing and upsetting event of being charged with a DUI in Washington State, your focus will likely turn to concern about criminal penalties. You will find yourself thinking about jail time, fines, and other potential consequences. Most people do not realize tha...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Nov 04, 2015 | 0 Comments
Description: Client was charged with DUI in District Court with blood alcohol level above .15. Investigation revealed client was not properly advised of his rights and warnings by law enforcement. Client was an English speaker but English was his second language. He was not asked if English was h...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Sep 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
As part of a new project, breath test machines have been installed in over 100 bars throughout Western Washington. A King 5 news article describes the project, which is being implemented by retired construction manager Bob Brazel.
These machines, which were put in bars over the last several we...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Sep 04, 2015 | 0 Comments
Labor Day, which was historically intended to be dedicated to the social and economic accomplishments of American workers, has over time come to symbolize the end of summer. A three day weekend gives everyone a “last chance” to enjoy being outdoors, festively celebrating summer and sunshine befor...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Aug 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
A Seattle Times article published last week describes data that shows marijuana has increased as a factor in fatal crashes in Washington State. New data was collected from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. Correlation between marijuana use and fatal crashes increased significantly in 20...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Jul 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
Many people assume that pulling off the road to rest when you have been drinking is not only a safe alternative to driving under the influence but also the takes away the chance of being charged with a DUI. This is not an accurate assumption.
From a safety perspective, the wisest move is to refr...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Jul 02, 2015 | 0 Comments
Fourth of July festivities are filled with BBQs, fireworks, family, and friends. As a prime summer holiday, July 4th is one of the biggest drinking days of the year, with alcohol a common part of the festivities. As everyone is out celebrating this weekend, we encourage you to drink responsib...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Jun 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
It is a weekend to celebrate! Seattle's LGBT Pride events seek to create unity, celebrate culture, and honor diversity.
With big celebrations, there is often an abundance of alcohol. We wish you a joyous weekend but urge you to take precautions to keep yourself and those around you safe. Remem...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Jun 05, 2015 | 0 Comments
Seafair festivities kick off in Seattle next week. Hundreds of thousands of people will come together to participate in this summer-long festival of events and Seattle tradition. For many, alcohol is a big part of the celebration. Local police will increase their presence be on the lookout for dr...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
Negligent Driving in the First Degree (Negligent Driving 1 aka “Neg 1”):
In Washington State, Negligent Driving 1 is a criminal traffic offense. This offense is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000.00 fine. “A person is guilty of negligent driving in the first degree i...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | May 05, 2015 | 0 Comments
With Graduation festivities forthcoming, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the underage drinking Laws in Washington State.
What is a Minor DUI?
Washington State has a zero-tolerance law for minors driving under the influence. Under the Washington State statute RCW 46.6...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Apr 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
Deferred Prosecution is one of the options for keeping a DUI off of your long-term record and avoiding penalties associated with a DUI or other misdemeanor conviction. (Chapter 10.05 RCW) If you are charged with a DUI in Washington State and diagnosed as alcohol or drug dependent in your mental...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Apr 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
Description: Our client was charged with a DUI with a BAC of .20 and hit and run. Thorough investigation of the circumstances and evidence yielded evidentiary issues damaging the prosecution's case. Negotiation with the prosecutor got the client a very favorable result in what once felt for c...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Apr 01, 2015 | 0 Comments
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, which a good opportunity for reminders about the legal, health, and social problems that excessive drinking can contribute to. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has been sponsoring Alcohol Awareness Month since 1987 and seeks to...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Mar 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
Being arrested for any reason can be an emotional, upsetting, and confusing experience. Unfortunately, this is a situation that many people will encounter in their lifetime, often on repeated occasions. Knowing what to expect in being arrested and navigating the Washington State legal system may ...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Mar 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
Here is a reminder to those engaging in St. Patrick's Day festivities to drink responsibly and choose a designated driver. In addition to shamrocks, leprechauns, and good luck, St. Paddy's Day also brings high rates of drunk driving. Extra law enforcement will be out in Kent and the rest of Ki...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Feb 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
Description: Our client was cited for an enhanced DUI (BAC > .15) after a multi-car accident. The client also had a warrant stemming from a DUI four years prior. After getting the client's warrant quashed, investigation revealed evidentiary issues. We were able to get the prosecutor to agree to r...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Feb 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
Seattle to lower speeds on some busy streets : This Seattle Times article begins to detail the city's traffic safety plan for 2015. Seattle drivers should prepare for slower speeds, more school-zone cameras, fewer right turns on red and targeted enforcement. Many of the busy 35 mph corridors will...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Feb 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
Federal study: Drivers who have used pot aren't more dangerous than sober drivers
This recent federal study was conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in Virginia Beach, VA. Not surprisingly, the research indicated that drivers who had been drinking alcohol an...
Posted by Michelle Dellino | Jan 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
Washington State DUI Laws & Penalties
1st DUI Conviction in Washington State
Imprisonment – 24 hours to 1 year
Fine – Mandatory minimum $940.50
Mandatory – Alcohol assessment & treatment with ignition interlock device
Drivers license suspension – 90 days to 1 year
2nd DUI Conviction in...