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St Patrick's DUI Patrols

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Mar 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

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...

Seafair 2017 BUI Enforcement Patrols

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Aug 03, 2017 | 0 Comments

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 ...

Petition to Rewrite Distracted Driving Law

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jul 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

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...

Seafair DUI and BUI

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Aug 07, 2015 | 0 Comments

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...

Contact High, Still a DUI

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jul 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

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...

Aldon Smith Receives Probation for DUI Charge

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jul 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

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...

Local Chef Maxime Bilet Charged With DUI

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jul 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

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...

State Developing New Blood Warrant Database

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jul 03, 2014 | 0 Comments

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...

'Drive High, Get a DUI Campaign' Begins

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jun 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) officially began their "Drive high, or get a DUI" campaign, reports 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 ...

Florida Judge Arrested for DUI at Courthouse

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jun 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

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...

July 4th and Summertime DUI Emphasis Patrols

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jun 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Washington State Patrol announced that they are stepping up drunk driving patrols starting in the beginning of July. The summertime months are notorious for drunk driving and July 4th is a holiday season that typically involves alcohol consumption. As a result, the WSP will be out in force du...

WTSC Reminds Drivers: 'Drive High, Get a DUI'

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jun 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

In early July, specialty retail stores across Washington State will begin selling marijuana for recreational use. In preparation for the event, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) is launching a campaign to remind drivers that while recreational marijuana use may be legal, driving und...

Justin Bieber Makes Plea Deal in Miami DUI Case

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jun 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Earlier this year, Justin Bieber was arrested for driving under the influence after being caught in an alleged drag race in Miami Beach. At the time of arrest, Bieber tested positive for marijuana, reports TMZ. It was no secret that Bieber's attorneys were looking to reach a plea deal with Miami...

Washington BUI Laws

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Jun 08, 2014 | 0 Comments

The summer is boating season here in the Seattle area. As a result, boaters should be aware that Washington has boating under the influence (BUI) laws similar to driving under the influence (DUI) laws. Under the Washington statutes, it is illegal for an individual to operate a boat while under t...

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