Washington's new DUIE Law (SSB 5289) prohibits drivers from even holding their phones while behind the wheel. The new law 'prohibits driving while holding a personal electronic device in either or both hands and using a hand or finger for texting.'
The only exception to this is '...the minimal use of a finger to activate, deactivate, or initiate a function of the device.'
'A person who uses a personal electronic device while driving a motor vehicle on a public highway is guilty of a traffic infraction and must pay a fine as provided in RCW 46.63.110(3).'
The new law goes into effect on July 23, 2017 and provides for stiff penalties for Driving Under the Influence of Electronic Devi... Read More
Almost every attorney is at one time or another confronted with a client, friend, or family member charged with drunk driving. In the 1960s, driving under the influence of alcohol was considered a minor offense, leading to modest fines; in the 21st Century, it is considered the most serious misdemeanor offense.
Our free guide; 'The Five Myths of DUI', explains in detail the following myths:
Myth Number 1: Are Most People Accused Of This Crime Guilty?
Myth Number 2: Is Drunk Driving Is A Minor Offense?
Myth Number 3: Can Any Attorney Defend An Accused Drunk Driver?
Myth Number 4: Are DUI Cases Winnable?
Myth Number 5: DUI Cases Are Just Like Any Other Criminal Case ... Read More
As you look around our Seattle DUI website, you will see quite a bit of material available to help you understand the DUI laws and what they mean.
We have provided as much information as possible to help you make an educated decision when it comes to being charged with a crime and needing the assistance of a criminal defense or DUI attorney. Sometimes, however, not all that information can be placed in a neat and tidy section of a web site. Enter the FAQ.
From information on the court process to the types of actions that will make you stick out like a sore thumb to law enforcement to the definitions of terms associated with the judicial system, you will find articles in this section ... Read More
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The Law Office of Nicholas George knows that all aspects of your life are affected by a DUI charge. That's why this firm's approach is that bad things can happen to good people. That good people need help - professi... Read More
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Driving under the influence is a terrible predicament that many Americans face every year. The FBI estimates that over a million Americans were arrested for driving under the influence in 2014.
An arrest for DUI represents a considerable emotional and financial burden. It also brings potential jail time, suspension of your driving privilege and a stigmatizing conviction. A drunk driving charge can severely impact your life in s... Read More
Recently, not only has law enforcement significantly increased their efforts to remove impaired drivers from the roadways; its efforts have increasingly extended to intoxicated boaters on the waterways.
Consequently, those attorneys who have chosen to defend persons accused of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, must understand and prepare themselves with the tools necessary to defend those persons accused of operating a watercraft while under the influence.
This is especially true in many Puget Sound and Eastern Washington counties where boating is extremely popular.
While driving a car after consuming alcohol is increasingly criticized by s... Read More
People often wish to travel to Canada for recreation or employment. However, with greater security and law enforcement at the border, a trip to Canada is becoming increasingly difficult for people with criminal charges. Canadian immigration law is as complicated as U.S. immigration law. Moreover, border officials have broad discretion about who can and cannot enter Canada. This discretion is granted both by Canadian law and by the fact that a person denied entry at the border may not have much recourse at that time.
Many convictions in the United States including DUI, Reckless Driving, and Negligent Driving 1, can render a person inadmissible to Canada. Inadmissibility is determined by c... Read More
The penalty for a Commercial Drivers License holder is more severe than for normal drivers. The State of Washington has come down hard on commercial vehicle drivers who have alcohol and/or drugs in their blood while performing their duties on the highways. Accordingly, penalties and suspensions are more severe than for non-commercial driver's license holders.
Also, the probability of job loss is high.
Should You Choose A Lawyer Because The Lowest Fee Has Been Quoted To You?
Remember the old adage 'you get what you pay for'? This really holds true when hiring a lawyer. Generally, a low fee means that the lawyer will do the minimum to resolve your case. Most of the time, the result will not be a favorable as possible. So, please do not be penny wise and pound foolish. Working with a 'cheap lawyer' can very likely lead to more cash outlays to the government in the future. These outlays almost always exceed the cost of a 'reasonable' fee.
Can You Select A Lawyer Who Does Not Have Substantial Experience In DUI And/Or Criminal Law?
It is to your best advantage to request tha... Read More
The following behaviors are considered to be 'Red Flags' that will increase your chances of being pulled over for a DUI in Seattle:
• Driving with headlights off
• Accelerating or decelerating rapidly
• Driving slower than 10 miles per hour
• Turning abruptly or illegally
• Turning with wide radius
• Stopping inappropriately (other than in the lane of travel)
• A slow response to traffic signals
• Driving into or crossing traffic
• Straddling center or lane marker
• Erratic application of the brakes
• Driving with tires on center or lane marker
• Driving in the opposite lane
• Following too closely
• ... Read More
If You Got Arrested For a DUI in Seattle, you are probably wondering: What do I do now?
If your DUI in the city of Seattle, Washington state is your first offense, there is a higher likelihood that your charges can be reduced or dismissed.
Nick George has a nearly 90% success rate* in getting charges dropped, so your chances of going to jail are very slim if you choose to have Nick represent you.
Statistically, you are more likely to get stopped in Seattle or King County for investigation of a driving under the influence (DUI) charge around the holidays, especially times known for celebrations, like Halloween night and Thanksgiving evening.
Seattle Police patrols increase, and ... Read More
If You Get Arrested For a DUI in Seattle or King County, there is an affordable DUI attorney in Bellevue who has 26 years of experience defending DUI charges, and you need him on your defense team!
If your DUI in Washington state is your first offense, there is a higher likelihood that your charges can be reduced or dismissed.
Statistically, you are more likely to get stopped in Seattle or King County for investigation of a driving under the influence (DUI) charge around the holidays, especially times known for celebrations, like Halloween night, Thanksgiving evening, and New Year's Eve.
Seattle & King County Police patrols increase during the holiday season, especially around New... Read More
Basically, DUI and DUI-related laws passed by the Washington State Legislature and approved by the Governor are meant to be highly punitive overall and harshly deal with first-time offenders despite the facts of a particular case. This obsessive approach from the Legislature makes more important than ever before for an individual charged with a DUI/DWI in Seattle to immediately seek legal assistance from a highly competent Seattle DUI attorney.
In an effort to help you understand the laws as they are and how they are changing, I will provide discussion to help you make an educated decision about your future, should you find yourself facing a DUI in Seattle WA. Click on the links below fo... Read More
You may be required to purchase a high risk, SR-22 insurance policy by the state of Washington as a result of a DUI conviction, a Reckless Driving conviction, or multiple convictions for civil traffic infractions. Typically, a driver is required to maintain an SR-22 policy for 3 years, but the underlying reason for the policy may change the total amount of time that you are required to carry it.
SR-22 is a creature of the government. Technically, SR-22 is a certificate of insurance issued by an insurance company that shows proof of liability insurance to the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL). It is Washington State's requirement that you have a form which proves you hold a hi... Read More