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Proposed New Legislation Regarding Victims' Impact Panel

Posted by Unknown | Mar 04, 2014 | 0 Comments

In review of proposed new legislation this session in Olympia, I've come across House Bill 1408.  This bill would amend RCW 46.61.5152 and a new section to RCW 10.01.  In a nutshell, this law intends on standardizing the DUI Victims' Impact Panel.  In reality, this would mean very little for the ...

Defending the Disabled from DUI and FSTs

Posted by Unknown | Mar 04, 2014 | 0 Comments

When defending a motorist with a disability, counsel should consider whether or not the results of some or all of the field sobriety tests should be excluded for failure to comply with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. [1] The ADA states in relevant part: No qualified individual ...

The Ignition Interlock License

Posted by Unknown | Mar 04, 2014 | 0 Comments

Starting January 1, 2009, a major change is taking place as it relates to the deprivation of drivers' licenses for those arrested and/or convicted of DUI.  Under the current version of RCW 46.20.391, any driver who is suspended or revoked, may apply for an Occupational Restricted License (ORL) af...

Matt Knauss now Certified on Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

Posted by Unknown | Mar 04, 2014 | 0 Comments

Matt Knauss, the newest lawyer at Cowan, Kirk, Gaston recently received his certificate of training on the administration of roadside Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.  Matt's training was conducted in Nashville, Tennesee this past October, 2008, through LaPier & Associates, and consisted of...

Coming to a State Law Near You

Posted by Unknown | Mar 04, 2014 | 0 Comments

The 2008 Legislative session has come and gone, and while there were several proposed pieces of legislation that came through (including road blocks, license plates and radical changes to the deferred prosecution statute) the only one which made it into law is the implementation of the Ignition I...

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