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A Move Away From Mandatory Minimums

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Apr 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Under both state and federal law, certain crimes are subject to mandatory minimum prison sentences. These are pre-determined sentences that must be handed down by the judge, regardless of the circumstances in the case. These sentences have led to harsh prison terms for minor crimes because the ju...

Ignition Interlock License

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Apr 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) in Washington carries penalties that can drastically change your life. Not only is there the financial strain of a steep fine and even the potential for spending time in jail, depending on the circumstances of the arrest, but there is also a leng...

Immigration And Driving Under The Influence

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Apr 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

The United States has some of the best universities and colleges around. Every year students from all over the world come to study at these prestigious academic institutions. In order for students from other countries to study at an American school, they must first obtain a student visa. Accordin...

Affluenza Teen Heading To Prison

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Apr 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

The teenager who made famous the "affluenza" defense was sentenced to 720 days in jail this week. Ethan Couch was tentatively ordered by Texas District Judge Wayne Salvant to spend the next two years in jail. According to CNN, jail time was always a possibility for the teen when Couch's probation...

Seattle Police Failed to Respond to Drivers’ Repeated 911 Calls in DUI Car Crash

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Mar 02, 2016 | 0 Comments

Seattle Police Department failed to respond to a DUI accident in January 2016. Those involved in the accident waited nearly four hours for SPD officers before finally calling Washington State Patrol. WSP sent an officer who arrived on the scene within minutes. SPD’s Chief aired her criticism of the incident and is seeking further review and investigation.

Washington State Penitentiary Nurse Sentenced for Vehicular Assault by Driving Under the Influence

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Feb 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

On January 19, State Penitentiary Nurse Rebecca Anne Smylie Groom pleaded guilty to a felony charge of Vehicular Assault by Driving Under the Influence. Vehicular Assault by DUI is a serious crime with consequences ranging from jail time, a fine, driver’s license suspension, the loss of voting rights, and other consequences. An attorney experienced in Vehicular Assault by DUI defense can help develop a strategy to challenge the prosecution’s case.

Washington State Troopers Keeping Pace With New Cannabis DUI Testing Technology

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Feb 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Testing DUI suspects for marijuana intoxication has always been a difficult issue for law enforcement. Washington State University is currently part of a worldwide effort to develop a reliable THC breathalyzer for officers. And in Colorado, the State Patrol is currently in the midst of a pilot program using saliva samples of drivers to test for the presence of marijuana.

DUI and Marijuana -- A Closer Look at some of the Impacts of Legalization and Driving Safety

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Feb 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

With the passing of ballot Initiative 502 in 2012, Washington became the second state to legalize marijuana use recreationally. Since then, DUI laws have evolved to account for marijuana impairment while driving -- and statistics are coalescing to include marijuana-related DUI cases. One question is still up for debate -- are drivers less safe simply because active THC is being detected in DUI tests?

Vehicular Homicide and DUI in Seattle

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Feb 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Lucas McQuinn, 29, faces six and a half years of prison time after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide for a June 2015 crash that killed bicyclist Andres Hulslander. Read Aaron Wolff’s analysis of Washington’s Vehicular Homicide law, the associated punishments, and how to challenge such charges in a Washington court.

How a DUI Conviction Can Affect Insurance Rates in Washington

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Jan 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

A DUI charge comes with very harsh penalties, especially in the State of Washington -- one of the strictest states regarding drunk driving violations. Still, a hidden consequence that comes after a DUI charge is insurance rate increases. A study released last year by NerdWallet highlights the average insurance rate increases that a Washington Driver will face following a DUI conviction. Despite these increases, there are steps that can be taken to help mitigate these expenses and keep your insurance premiums low.

State Troopers in Washington State Unhappy With Agency Management, Amidst Complaints of Being Underpaid

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Jan 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

A report released in December of 2015 by Public Financial Management highlights the issues facing Washington State Patrol: including complaints of unhappiness with the management of the agency, attrition due to underpayment, and a staff who is nearing retirement. It is uncertain how the struggles of the agency will affect DUI convictions in the future as there will be fewer troopers patrolling the state’s highways.

Not Everyone Can Practice What They Preach: MADD President Pleads Guilty of DUI

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Jan 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

The end of this summer, David Griffin, former police officer and the President of Prince Edward Island’s Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada, pled guilty to impaired driving and resigned from his leading position at MADD. Griffin, however, was not the first MADD president to be caught driving under the influence, as four years prior, former president of a Florida Chapter was found in a very similar situation. Still, in Canada, DUI charges are taken very seriously -- often with stricter laws than seen here in the United States, including Washington State.

Miss Washington USA Dethroned After DUI Conviction Leak

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Jan 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Miss Washington USA, Stormy Keffeler’s prior DUI conviction has lead to a controversy regarding her October 2014 crowning. According to pageant rules, any criminal or illegal behavior must be shared with pageant officials. A recent e-mail tip-off to the executive producer of the pageant revealed Keffeler’s misdemeanor charge ultimately leading to Keffeler resigning as the beauty pageant queen, passing the crown down to runner up Kelsey Schmidt. Still, Washington state has harsh penalties for DUI convictions, making the value of hiring experienced DUI Defense Attorney Aaron Wolff an indispensable decision for anyone facing similar charges to that of Keffeler.

Drunk Kitsap County Deputy not Arrested

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Jan 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

In early October 2015, Sergeant Jim Porter of Kitsap County was found intoxicated in his car by two Poulsbo Police Officers. Controversy regarding how the Poulsbo police handled the Sergeant’s alleged drunken condition is arising as new evidence has been released from the officers’ body cameras. Although Sergeant Porter was not found physically driving the vehicle, many are claiming he received preferential treatment when instead he should have been detained and charged.

'Affluenza' May Be a Defense for DUI, But Will it Work for Violating Probation?

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Jan 06, 2016 | 0 Comments

Ethan Couch became nationally recognized in 2013 when his defense attorney’s expert witness testified that Couch’s behavior – a drunk driving accident that killed four people and injured nine -- is a condition experienced by many wealthy families and employed the term Affluenza.” He was ordered to ten years of probation in lieu of serving prison time. Now, Couch faces new legal problems as he has fled to Mexico under suspicion of violating his probation.

Mandatory Jail for a DUI conviction in Washington

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Apr 04, 2015 | 0 Comments

Any person who is convicted of DUI jail faces mandatory jail time.  Even on a first offense.  It is a minimum of 24 hours consecutive for cases where there is no breath test result or it is under .15, or 48 hours consecutive in jail for a person convicted of DUI with a reading of .15 or above or ...

Using an Affidavit of Prejudice in a DUI case

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Apr 02, 2015 | 0 Comments

A person accused of a DUI has several rights.  They include the right to a jury trial, the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, the presumption of innocence, the right to a speedy trial, and the right to ask for a different judge.  Yes, that is correct- any person accused of a DUI ha...

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