Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Feb 20, 2021 |
The company has seven locations across the country where people can go to hang out with friends and hurl hatchets at wooden, dartboard-like targets. At six of those seven venues, people can also drink — beer and wine and, in a few cases, even hard alcohol. The only exception is at the company's Seattle location, which opened in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in 2019. Will the locations ever get a liquor license?
Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Feb 19, 2021 |
News broke last week that Bruce Springsteen had been arrested on a charge of DWI in November of 2020. Details of the arrest have slowly emerged, and as more people know more about the event itself, it's prompted a number of questions. But Springsteen's upcoming day in court will take place in a very unlikely setting.
Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Feb 18, 2021 |
Before the pandemic, tens of millions of Americans struggled with alcohol addiction and there are indications that the problem is becoming more severe with effects that could far outlast the pandemic. According to a new report, hospitals across the country have seen a surge in the number of admissions for alcohol-related liver disease over the past 12 months.
Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Feb 18, 2021 |
One of the few good things that people have hailed during the coronavirus pandemic is reduced traffic around Puget Sound. But new numbers from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) put a sobering spin on those shorter drive times. Though there are fewer cars on the road, more people are dying along the state's roadways. Why is that?
Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Feb 17, 2021 |
Alcohol usage and dependency likely increased every month for Americans under COVID-19 lockdowns, a new study from the University of Arizona College of Medicine shows. Is America about to have an addiction reckoning?
Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Feb 16, 2021 |
The reaction to Springsteen's DUI arrest was swift and loud. Then the media decided to look into the facts of the incident. Now there's more questions for law enforcement than there is for the Boss.
Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Mar 17, 2019 |
Sunday, March 17th is St. Patrick's Day and one of America's most dangerous days on the highways. Extra patrols will be on the roads statewide Sunday. Remember, the only way you can assure you never get arrested for a DUI is to not drink and drive. DUI patrols are currently underway nationwi...
Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Aug 06, 2017 |
Is jail time mandatory if convicted of a BUI? This blog examines BUI laws and compares them with DUI laws to explain that while jail time is not mandatory if convicted of a BUI, a judge still has the discretion to impose a jail sentence of up to 364 days in jail.
Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Aug 03, 2017 |
Boating Under the Influence in Washington State: BUI Law 101
Its that time of the year when Seattle celebrates SeaFair. It is also the time of the year that law enforcement makes their one and only attempt at enforcing state BUI laws. And in their rush to get as many BUI arrests as humanly ...
Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jul 26, 2017 |
Washington State Distracted Driving Law meeting resistance
A petition asking Washington state lawmakers to rewrite the new distracted driving law has over growing support.
As of Wednesday morning, the campaign had over 26,800 signatures of its 15,000 goal.
The Driving While Under the Influenc...
Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jul 21, 2017 |
Washington State has enacted one of the nation's toughest distracted driving laws after our State Legislature passed a bill outlawing nearly every conceivable form of attention-diverting behavior behind the wheel.
Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jul 31, 2016 |
Here's some important information about Seafair and BUI investigations that we hope you never need.
Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Apr 22, 2016 |
The recent passing of Justice Antonin Scalia has surely ignited a political firestorm. But as students of the law, we should take time to carefully examine who Justice Scalia really was aside from all the political posturing and chest puffing. Clearly, some of his positions on abortion rights, ...
Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Aug 07, 2015 |
We are fast approaching one of our favorite past times in the Seattle area, Seafair weekend. However, with weather anticipated to be in the high 80's and the Blue Angels return in recent years, the number of boaters on the lake will be met with a huge volume of law enforcement looking for impair...
Posted by Unknown | Jul 29, 2014 |
WSTC launches ads to warn people not to drive while stoned
Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jul 27, 2014 |
As recreational marijuana use becomes legal, Washington state residents are now trying creative new excuses as to why they should not be charged with a marijuana DUI. In Spokane County, a teen driver tried to get out of an impaired driving arrest by arguing that he didn't smoke pot himself, but i...
Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jul 19, 2014 |
Any bad news for the San Francisco 49ers is good news for the Seattle Seahawks. Last week, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was sentenced to three years probation and 11 days community service following a no contest plea to a drunk driving and weapons charge, reports NESN.
Smith had faced three felo...
Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jul 16, 2014 |
An ingenuous idea to come out of Texas. The City of Austin came up with a "Drive Alive Austin" campaign that features a waiver of a parking ticket if you make the right decision to leave your car behind and not drive home drunk, reports KVUE.
Too often, individuals will make the fatal mistake of...
Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jul 14, 2014 |
There is a major piece of federal legislation affecting DUIs that will be proposed by New York Representative Nita Lowey, reports Forbes. The legislation is being hailed as a deterrent to drunk driving as it will require that individuals convicted of a DUI to install an ignition interlock device ...
Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jul 10, 2014 |
If you're into the modernist cuisine scene in Seattle, you may have heard of chef Maxime Bilet. However, the modernist chef recently made the news for all the wrong reasons. Instead of his food making the headlines, the author and chef is being accused of drunk driving and a hit-and-run following...
Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jul 07, 2014 |
Not many people would mistake Martin Luther King Jr. Way in south Seattle for the Autobahn in Germany. With a city speed limit of 30 mph and urban traffic, most drivers maintain or drive well below the posted speed limit. However, on June 28, an unidentified 26-year-old man was caught driving 80 ...
Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jul 03, 2014 |
Right now it can take a law enforcement officer up to four hours to receive a warrant to conduct a blood draw on a suspected drunk or drugged driver. In many cases, the suspect would have sobered up enough by the time of the blood draw making the results of the draw meaningless to support a DUI c...
Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jun 30, 2014 |
The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) officially began their "Drive high, or get a DUI" campaign, reports KXLY.com. The WTSC is beginning its campaign by airing three different television ads that use humor in depicting the dangers of driving under the influence of marijuana.
The gist ...
Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jun 28, 2014 |
It seems like these stories only happen in Florida. Lawyers and court employees reportedly gawked from a courthouse as a well known Broward County judge slammed her BMW SUV into a parked police vehicle and then repeatedly slammed her vehicle into a gate at the court parking lot, reports The New Y...
Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jun 27, 2014 |
A Washington man was charged with suspected driving under the influence and child endangerment following a car accident. Police say that the unidentified Federal Way man lost control of his car and flipped over off the street. The man had his three young children in the car at the time, reports K...