Happy New Year! Take the necessary steps to ring in 2017 DUI-free

Happy New Year! It is time to put 2016 behind us and celebrate the start of a new year! We hope you enjoy your New Year’s festivities, and we urge you to take the steps necessary to ring in 2017 DUI-free.

Message from Uber and SDOT

Uber and Seattle’s Department of Transportation (SDOT) are also trying to deliver the message to party-goers. The West Seattle Herald describes how these organizations teamed up as concert co-hosts a couple of days ago to get the word out. The National Safety Spokeswoman for Uber came on stage at a pop-up concert in Occidental Park to tell the crowd about Uber’s New Year’s Eve discounts.  She described how uber has teamed up with law enforcement agencies in cities across the country and groups like MADD to really spread the message about planning ahead and using safer alternatives to driving under the influence. “We can be your designated driver”, she said.

Uber users can redeem a $10 discount on uberPOOL trips on New Year’s Eve by using the promo code SAFESTART2017 in the Uber app. This deal will apply to any rides between 2pm on Sat 12/31/16 and 5am on Sun 1/1/17.

Seattle’s Department of Transportation also had representation at the event, describing that this effort is part of Seattle’s larger project – the Vision Zero plan, which aims to end all traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Seattle by 2030.

It can happen to anyone:

You do not want to start out 2016 with a DUI charge. Remember that a DUI is more than just a party foul. You could be looking at driver’s license suspension, large fines, jail time, and the long term impacts of a criminal record. It can happen to anyone who drives under the influence.

Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Damontre Moore has reportedly been charged with DUI, stemming from an arrest a couple of weeks ago. He was pulled over by a Washington state trooper after he was observed to be speeding. His BAC test reportedly was just over the legal limit and he has been charged. Surely, this is not how he wanted to spend his holidays.

Plan ahead:

Party-goers are urged to plan ahead. Keep yourself and those around you safe. Seattle PD reports there will be enhanced DUI patrols throughout the weekend. With the ease and availability of Uber and other rideshare apps, and now with a $10 discount – there is really no reason to get behind the wheel if you have been drinking!

  • Choose to drive sober or designate someone else to. If you are the designated driver, don’t drink.
  • Use a smartphone app like Uber or Lyft. Utilize Uber’s NYE discount code: SAFESTART2017
  • Consider a limo or party bus if you are going out with a large group of drinkers.
  • If you have been drinking, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, use a rideshare company, or use public transportation to get home safely.
  • If you know others who are about to drive under the influence, help them make other arrangements to get home safely.

If you do find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being accused of DUI:

  • Don’t answer any questions. Politely tell the officer you don’t wish to make any statements and you want to speak to an attorney. Admission can be used against you later in court, but your silence or request for counsel cannot.
  • Don’t complete field tests.These tests are voluntary and you should tell the officer you decline any voluntary tests. The officer is looking for evidence against you and it is never a good idea to give it to them.
  • Contact our DUI Law Firm immediately for a FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION. We are available by phone 24/7. Keep our number in your phone or wallet and insist on calling us. We will advocate for you through this confusing and emotional process and help you reach the best possible outcome.

Holiday DUI Patrols are out in force across WA State

‘Tis the season to eat, drink, and be merry – right? Many holiday party-goers will enjoy a glass of eggnog or a holiday martini to celebrate the season. Others are drinking due to holiday stress and pressure, or to combat the tension of family relationships. Whatever the reason for drinking may be, more people are consuming alcohol this time of year and inevitably there are an increased number of drunk drivers on the road.

Across Washington State, there are increased patrols on the roads, aimed at targeting DUI drivers. The Mercer Island Reporter reports that the extra patrols are expected to be in place from Dec 15 – Jan 1 throughout King County and all across the state. Local police departments, Washington State Patrol, and the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board are participating in the extra patrols. Law enforcement are ready to arrest drunk drivers who may be putting lives at risk this holiday season.

The extra patrols are funded by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC), who are committed to reducing DUI accidents and fatalities. There is reportedly increased concern related to a recent rise in DUI related traffic fatalities, especially among drivers who were using mixing alcohol and other substances. The WTSC is exploring details of recent traffic fatalities in order to find common threads. Findings have illustrated the extreme danger of mixing alcohol, marijuana and other drugs with driving. The WTSC is in strong support of the Target Zero mission, aiming to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030.

Avoid a Holiday DUI:

More DUI arrests occur during the holidays than at any other time of year. With extra patrols in place, we can expect this number could rise. We urge you to remember that a DUI will not only disrupt your holiday plans, it can have serious consequences on your future, in addition to putting lives at risk.

You could be looking at driver’s license suspension, large fines, jail time, relationship stress, and the long term impacts of a criminal record.

Dellino Law Group encourages you to use our party planning tips to stay safe during your holiday celebrations:

  • Choose to drive sober or designate someone else to. If you are the designated driver, don’t drink.
  • Plan ahead: Save the number of a taxi or rideshare company in your phone so you will always have a backup plan.
  • Consider using smartphone apps like Lyft or Uber.
  • Consider a limo or party bus if you are going out with a large group of friends who drink.
  • If you have been drinking, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, use a rideshare company, or use public transportation to get home safely.
  • If you know others who are about to drive under the influence, help them make other arrangements to get home safely. 

If you do find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being accused of DUI:

  • Don’t answer any questions. Politely tell the officer you don’t wish to make any statements and you want to speak to an attorney. Admission can be used against you later in court, but your silence or request for counsel cannot.
  • Don’t complete field tests. These tests are voluntary and you should tell the officer you decline any voluntary tests. The officer is looking for evidence against you and it is never a good idea to give it to them.
  • Contact our DUI Law Firm immediately for a FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION. We are available by phone 24/7. Keep our number in your phone or wallet and insist on calling us. We will advocate for you through this confusing and emotional process and help you reach the best possible outcome.

I just got arrested for DUI…. Now what?

Maybe you missed our post this weekend, cautioning you to plan ahead for your Halloween celebration. Maybe you had a plan, but things did not quite go as expected. Maybe you just made a mistake. We understand that mistakes are part of life, and we are strongly committed to protecting your livelihood and future from the detrimental impacts of a DUI conviction.

There were extra officers out over Halloween weekend, looking for drivers who may have been drinking. If you have been arrested and charged with DUI, we urge you to carefully consider your next steps. We also want you to be prepared in the event you are pulled over for a DUI in the future.

If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI offense, what you do next is essential:

*Contact our experienced DUI attorneys at Dellino Law Group immediately

  • A DUI is more than just a damper on a fun night out. A DUI arrest in Washington State is a serious offense and you need to take action now.
  • The Department of Licensing does not wait until criminal charges are filed to begin the suspension process, so it is essential that you act now to protect your rights, including your right to drive.

*Request a DOL Hearing

  • Understand that there are two parts to your DUI case in WA State: criminal & administrative
  • When you are arrested or a DUI in Washington State, the arrest triggers administrative action with the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL).
  • Your license will automatically be suspended if you do not request an administrative hearing. This occurs separately from any criminal charges you may face.
  • You will lose your right to a hearing if you do not mail your WA DOL Hearing Request within 20 days of the arrest or make the request online, including the $375 fee.
  • If you request your administrative hearing within the required timeframe, the DOL will not suspend your license until your hearing is held and a decision is determined.
  • Contact an experienced DUI attorney to advise you around your best course of action. Your odds of winning exponentially increase with representation by a qualified DUI attorney.
  • Please visit the Washington State DOL website and our prior blog post for more information about this process.

*Understand the potential consequences

  • There is a lot at stake, including large fines, expensive insurance premiums, jail time, drivers’ license suspension, and the long term impacts of a criminal record. Please see our prior post for a list of the current penalties and fines for DUI convictions in Washington State.
  • Relationships, immigration status, and even your job may be adversely affected.
  • With so much on the line, it is crucial that you don’t waste any time in involving skilled legal counsel.

If you have not been arrested for DUI, it is still important to be prepared and know what to expect in the unfortunate event this may happen to you in the future.

If you are pulled over for a DUI, what you do next may have significant impact. Please follow these steps if you are pulled over for suspicion of DUI in Washington State:

  • Pull over to the right as safely as possible, as soon as you see a police car trying to pull you over.
  • Be polite to the officer
  • Don’t admit to drinking or using any substances. Do not answer questions about where you came from or anything else. If the officer asks, stay silent or tell him you would prefer to speak to an attorney before answering questions. Admission can be used against you later in court, but your silence or request for counsel cannot.
  • Don’t complete field tests. Drivers have no obligation to submit to any field sobriety tests or answer any questions by the officer. See our web link for more detailed information about declining field sobriety tests.
  • Don’t answer any questions without speaking to legal counsel first. 
  • Do I take the official breath test at the station? Under Washington State’s Implied Consent Law, you have already consented to breath or blood test. Ask to speak with an attorney before you take the test. The consequences of refusing the tests are often harsher than the consequences of taking them.
  • Ask to contact your attorney as soon as possible and contact our DUI Law Firm immediately for a Free Legal Consultation. We are available by phone 24/7. Keep our number in your phone or wallet and insist on calling us. We will advocate for you through this confusing and emotional process and help you reach the best possible outcome.

CELEBRATE RESPONSIBLY: Tips for Avoiding a DUI this Halloween

Halloween is not just for the kids anymore – Adults want to get in on the fun too!

Millions of adults will host or attend parties this weekend, celebrating the spooky, ghostly spirit of Halloween. Many of these festivities will include alcohol, with party-goers enjoying booze with their boos! If alcohol is part of your celebration, we urge you to drink responsibly and choose a designated driver. Make responsible decisions to keep yourself and those around you safe.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2015, 52% of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night involved a driver or motorcycle rider who were under the influence of alcohol. Please take the steps necessary to help prevent this statistic from repeating itself in 2016.

Before you begin your celebrations, please review our Halloween party planning safety tips:

  • Designate a sober driver in advance. If you are the designated driver, don’t drink.
  • If you are hosting a party, have non-alcoholic options available. The designated drivers and non-drinkers need to have something to choose besides booze.
  • If you are attending a party, plan ahead. Have a game plan for your way home, leave car keys at home, and plan ahead to NOT drink and drive.
  • Use smartphone apps like Uber or Lyft.
  • If you have been drinking, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, use a rideshare company, or use public transportation to get home safely.
  • If you are the host, assist your guests with safe options for getting home. Help them make other arrangements to get home safely, call them a cab, or let them crash at your place if necessary.
  • Even if you are not drinking, try to avoid driving through residential areas where children might be trick-or-treating. Be very aware and attentive to children in the street. Be extra cautious.

We urge you to understand what is at stake if you choose to drink and drive:

  • Driving under the influence puts at risk your own life and the lives of others. Consequences can be fatal.
  • You could also be looking at large fines, jail time, drivers’ license suspension, and the long term impacts of a criminal record. Please see our prior post for a list of the current penalties and fines for DUI convictions in Washington State
  • Employment, relationships, and immigration status are other areas that can be adversely affected

Dellino Law Group:  DUI Attorney

If you do find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being charged with DUI, please contact us immediately. Our law firm prides itself on providing personalized legal services to all of our clients. Having one of our dedicated DUI attorneys representing you in your DUI defense can alleviate a lot of the stress you will be feeling after being arrested for DUI.  Knowing that our experienced DUI attorneys are working to ensure all of your legal rights are protected and fighting to have your charges reduced or even dismissed can lift a very heavy weight off of your shoulders.

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” this Labor Day Weekend

Summer celebration and a holiday weekend combine to make Labor Day a weekend notorious for big parties, where alcohol is a common part of the equation. As everyone is out celebrating this weekend, we encourage you to drink responsibly and choose a designated driver. Keep yourself and those around you safe.

Washington State Patrol issued a media release a couple of weeks ago to alert drivers that Washington State Troopers will be out in force. Increased patrols have been in place since August 19, and will run through Sept 5. This is timed with Labor Day weekend, which is one of the deadliest times of the year around the country. Labor Day weekend sees heightened rates of drunk-driving fatalities nationwide. The presence of the extra patrols are part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign and Washington’s Target Zero campaign, aiming to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. Please see the media release for further information, including drunk-driving statistics from 2015.

In Seattle, a designated DUI Squad is on hand. Officers go through training to become Drug Recognition Experts. They are on call to respond to serious collisions and to assist in evaluating the impairment of drivers. The Squad will undoubtedly be out in force this Labor Day weekend.

We urge you to understand what is at stake if you choose to drink and drive:

  • Driving under the influence puts at risk your own life and the lives of others.
  • You could also be looking at large fines, jail time, drivers’ license suspension, and the long term impacts of a criminal record. Please see our prior post for a list of the current penalties and fines for DUI convictions in Washington State.
  • Employment, relationships, and immigration are other areas that can be adversely affected

Before you set out to celebrate, please review our party planning tips to help you stay safe:

  • Choose to drive sober or designate someone else to. If you are the designated driver, don’t drink.
  • Plan ahead: Have a game plan for your way home, leave car keys at home, and plan ahead to NOT drink and drive.
  • Use smartphone apps like Uber or Lyft.
  • If you have been drinking, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, use a rideshare company, or use public transportation to get home safely.
  • If you know others who are about to drive under the influence, help them make other arrangements to get home safely.

Dellino Law Group:  DUI Attorney

If you do find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being charged with DUI, please contact us immediately. Our law firm prides itself on providing personalized legal services to all of our clients. Having one of our dedicated DUI attorneys representing you in your DUI defense can alleviate a lot of the stress you will be feeling after being arrested for DUI.  Knowing that our experienced DUI attorneys are working to ensure all of your legal rights are protected and fighting to have your charges reduced or even dismissed can lift a very heavy weight off of your shoulders.

Back-to-School: A reminder for college students about underage drinking laws

It’s back to school season! As students head back to colleges and universities across the country, they are welcomed with social activities galore. Alcohol is a common, recurring theme throughout college festivities.

College freshmen are at the highest risk of alcohol misuse and dangerous consequences. Many students are living away from home for the first time. Newfound freedom, social pressures, and new stressors often contribute to irresponsible decisions about drinking. Too often, there are tragic consequences resulting from alcohol misuse and binge drinking for college students, such as death or injury, assault, and sexual abuse. There are also legal consequences, which can be extremely detrimental.

As a new year academic year begins, it is a great time to remind college students about underage drinking laws and legal consequences in Washington State.

MINOR DUI

What is a Minor DUI?

Washington State has a zero-tolerance law for minors driving under the influence. Under the Washington State statute RCW 46.61.503, if you are under the age of 21 and either driving or in physical control of a motor vehicle with a breath or blood alcohol content of .02 or greater within 2 hours of the time of the incident, you can be arrested for Minor DUI. If a person under 21 provides an evidentiary breath or blood alcohol sample equal or greater to .08, they may be charged with an adult DUI (RCW46.61.502).

What are the penalties of a Minor DUI conviction?

A Minor DUI is a misdemeanor charge. A conviction can greatly impact the future of an underage driver. The maximum penalty is 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Penalties are at the discretion of the judge, up to the maximum. Commonly, the judge will order community service, work crew, fines, or alcohol classes as alternatives to jail time. A Minor DUI arrest also triggers a mandatory license suspension of at least 90 days by the Department of Licensing.

MINOR IN POSSESSION

What is Minor in Possession?

Minor in possession / Minor in consumption of alcohol (MIP/MIC) is a common offense. The potential criminal consequences and effects on driving privileges can be very detrimental.

According to Washington State statute RCW 66.44.270:

  • It is unlawful for any person to sell, give, or otherwise supply liquor to any person under the age of twenty-one years or permit any person under that age to consume liquor on his or her premises or on any premises under his or her control
  • It is unlawful for any person under the age of twenty-one years to possess, consume, or otherwise acquire any liquor.
  • It is unlawful for a person under the age of twenty-one years to be in a public place, or to be in a motor vehicle in a public place, while exhibiting the effects of having consumed liquor.

What are the penalties of a Minor in Possession conviction?

Surprisingly, the penalties are harsher for the underage drinking convictions MIP/MIC than for Minor DUI. Penalties are more severe for teenagers drinking in a park than driving under the influence with a BAC level of .02 to .079.

A Minor in Possession charge in Washington State is a gross misdemeanor. A conviction can carry penalties of up to a $5,000 fine and a maximum of 364 days in jail. License revocation may be for 1 or 2 years dependent on whether it is a first conviction.

*Please see our prior blog post for more detailed information about Minor DUI and Minor in Possession (statutes and penalties).

Legal Representation

High quality, thorough legal representation is essential for individuals facing a Minor DUI or a MIP conviction. Consequences can be great. Minor DUI and drug crimes can have serious impact on the future of a young person. Our goal is to protect the records of our clients so lapses in judgment do not foreclose opportunities. Consider that the following can be negatively impacted with minor drug and alcohol convictions:

  • College Admissions
  • Eligibility for Federal Student Loans
  • School or College suspensions
  • Suspension or Revocation of Driver’s License
  • Future employment opportunities
  • Ability to Enlist in Military
  • Ability to travel to Canada or other countries

We will pursue the best possible outcome with the goals of dismissal or significant reduction of charges and keeping the Minor DUI or Minor in Possession conviction off your record. Please call us today for a Free Consultation so we can get started in protecting your (or your underage loved one’s) best interests.

Recent Changes to Washington DUI Laws

DUI laws are often evolving, with frequent legislative changes that may affect sentencing and licensing. NWSidebar describes 4 important changes to Washington DUI laws. These changes stem from the implementation of House Bill 2700, which went into effect on June 9, 2016.

1) Sentencing Alternative: 

Under House Bill 2700, a 24/7 alcohol monitoring program is available as an alternative to jail time. Previously, a first-time DUI offender with a breath test under .15 faced a mandatory minimum of one day in jail. They could request the judge to convert one day of jail time to 15 days of electronic home monitoring  There is now a third option available which allows flexibility for individuals who may be unable to face jail time or home monitoring because or family or work commitments. Rather than one day in jail or 15 days of electronic home monitoring, the individual may opt for 90 days in the 24/7 alcohol monitoring program.

2) Ignition Interlock Employer Waiver:

Ignition interlock device requirements have been problematic for individuals who drive for work. Previously, if someone was required to have an ignition interlock device on their vehicle, they could get an exception for a work vehicle. However, this was only possible following a mandatory waiting period, ranging from 30-365 days. Under House Bill 2700, the mandatory waiting period is eliminated. Individuals required to have an ignition interlock device can be granted an exception for driving as a condition of employment, with no waiting period required.

3) Avoiding License Suspension:

Under House Bill 2700, there is a path to avoiding license suspension for individuals who are arrested or convicted of a first-time DUI. If the individual enrolls and completes a 24/7 sobriety program, the Department of Licensing will hold off on suspending their driver’s license. The length of time they will hold off is depending upon breath test results.

4) DOL Hearings:

Department of Licensing deadlines are tightening. This portion of the bill does not go into effect until Jan 1, 2019, when the deadline for requesting an administrative hearing will be shortened to 7 days. The Department’s deadline for holding the hearing will be within 30 days. This is a shift from the current deadlines, in which arrested persons must request a hearing within 20 days and the hearing must be held within 60. This shift may have a significant impact on individuals missing the quick deadline, especially if they do not immediately consult with or hire an attorney.

Dellino Law Group:  DUI Attorney

With evolving DUI laws, it is essential that you connect with a knowledgeable DUI attorney to advise you and advocate for your best interests. Our law firm prides itself on providing personalized legal services to all of our clients. We want you to feel comfortable working with our DUI lawyers, so we take the time to discuss the details of your DUI arrest and we will provide an honest opinion of how we can help.  Having one of our dedicated DUI lawyers representing you in your DUI defense can alleviate a lot of the stress you will be feeling after being arrested for DUI.  Knowing that our experienced DUI attorneys are working to ensure all of your legal rights are protected and fighting to have your charges reduced or even dismissed can lift a very heavy weight off of your shoulders.

Please contact us today for a Free Consultation so we may begin working to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.

Seafair Weekend is coming! Beware of BUI and DUI

Seafair weekend is just a few days away!  This weekend marks the celebratory conclusion of Seattle’s summer-long festival of events and local tradition. Thousands of people will gather on and around Lake Washington, listening to music at Genesee Park and watching the fastest powerboat races in the world, as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly overhead.

For many, alcohol is a big part of the celebration. Local police will likely increase their presence and be on the lookout for drunk drivers, minors in possession, and violators of other alcohol-related crimes.

With all of the attention paid to DUI violations and penalties, “BUI” law is often overlooked. The fact is, police arrest dozens of boaters each year at Seafair weekend for BUI.  Many people will be drinking as a part of the festivities this Seafair weekend and BUI arrests are a legitimate risk.

What is BUI?

BUI refers to “Boating under the Influence” (RCW 79A.60.040), which is a significant criminal offense in Washington State. It is important to be aware of the law and potential consequences involved with a BUI conviction.

BUI is similar to DUI in theory, but it is its own charge and is governed by a separate statute (RCW 79A.60.040). This statute details Washington State law involved with operation of a vessel under the influence of Intoxicating liquor, marijuana, or any drug:

  1. It is unlawful for any person to operate a vessel in a reckless manner.
  2. It is unlawful for a person to operate a vessel while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, marijuana, or any drug. A person is considered to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor, marijuana, or any drug if, within two hours of operating a vessel:
    • The person has an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher as shown by analysis of the person’s breath or blood made under RCW 46.61.506; or
    • The person has a THC concentration of 5.00 or higher as shown by analysis of the person’s blood made under RCW 46.61.506; or
    • The person is under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor, marijuana, or any drug; or
    • The person is under the combined influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor, marijuana, and any drug.

A breath test machine and sobriety tests are generally used in trying to determine the accused’s level of intoxication, and a person who operates a vessel in Washington State is deemed to have given consent for testing. RCW 79A.60.040 provides more information about how the law incorporates testing and consent.

Boating under the Influence (BUI) is a misdemeanor crime. If convicted, penalties may include up to 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine. In addition, the court may order the defendant to pay restitution for any damages or injuries resulting from the offense. One significant difference between BUI and DUI is that under BUI law, a conviction will not result in suspension or revocation of driver’s license.

Legal Representation:

BUI is a significant offense. In addition to immediate penalties of potential jail time and fines, a conviction results in a misdemeanor charge on your criminal record. If you are charged with Boating under the Influence, is essential to work with an experienced defense attorney to fight for the best possible outcome in your case. Our DUI attorneys at Dellino Law Group are extremely knowledgeable in BUI and DUI law and are committed to each and every unique case. Our attorneys will exhaust all angles and work toward reducing charges to a simple infraction or even complete dismissal, depending on the evidence. If you are facing BUI or DUI charges, please contact our office as soon as possible for a Free Consultation.

Happy 4th of July! The City of Seattle and Uber partner to promote safety & reduce impaired driving

It’s time for everyone’s favorite summer holiday, a weekend filled with BBQs, fireworks, and red, white, and blue! 4th of July celebrations bring festive energy and a celebratory spirit, as well as an abundance of drivers on the road.

The City of Seattle is working with Uber to encourage drivers to plan for safe rides home as they head to and from their 4th of July celebrations. The Ballard News-Tribune describes that earlier this year the City of Seattle began a pilot program, in collaboration with Uber. This partnership is part of the City’s Vision Zero initiative, which seeks to end Seattle traffic deaths by 2030. The goals of the Seattle/Uber collaboration are to prevent impaired driving, raise awareness, and provide easy access to safe and dependable rides home when people have been drinking.

The article cites that over 10,000 car crashes occur each year, which lead to an average of 20 fatalities. 30% of these fatalities are a result of impaired driving. The City of Seattle and Uber are working together to change this pattern and have several strategies in place this weekend:

Seattle expects to see many thousands of people at Gas Works Park on Monday to watch the fireworks over Lake Union. Uber and the Seattle Department of Transportation are making suggestions about how to most easily access Uber rides following the festivities (link). There is also a promo code offered all day on July 4th for new and existing Uber riders. Enter POOLHOME in the Uber app and receive 2 free uberPool rides!

There is no good reason for impaired driving, especially with an app making it so quick, easy, and affordable to get home safely.

We urge you to understand what is at stake if you choose to drink and drive:

  • Driving under the influence puts at risk your own life and the lives of others.
  • You could also be looking at large fines, jail time, drivers’ license suspension, and the long term impacts of a criminal record. Please see our prior post for a list of the current penalties and fines for DUI convictions in Washington State.
  • Employment, relationships, and immigration are other areas that can be adversely affected

Before you set out to celebrate, please review our party planning tips to help you stay safe:

  • Choose to drive sober or designate someone else to. If you are the designated driver, don’t drink.
  • Plan ahead: Have a game plan for your way home, leave car keys at home, and plan ahead to NOT drink and drive.
  • Use smartphone apps like Uber or Lyft. Be sure to use Uber’s promo code on July 4th: POOLHOME
  • Consider a limo or party bus if you are going out with a large group of drinkers.
  • If you have been drinking, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, use a rideshare company, or use public transportation to get home safely.
  • If you know others who are about to drive under the influence, help them make other arrangements to get home safely.

Dellino Law Group:  DUI Attorney

If you do find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being charged with DUI, please contact us immediately. Our law firm prides itself on providing personalized legal services to all of our clients. We want you to feel comfortable working with our DUI attorneys. We will take the time to discuss the details of your DUI arrest and we will provide an honest opinion of how we can help.  Having one of our dedicated DUI attorneys representing you in your DUI defense can alleviate a lot of the stress you will be feeling after being arrested for DUI.  Knowing that our experienced DUI attorneys are working to ensure all of your legal rights are protected and fighting to have your charges reduced or even dismissed can lift a very heavy weight off of your shoulders.

Don’t let your PRIDE festivities come crashing to a halt: Celebrate responsibly!

It is a weekend to celebrate! Seattle’s LGBT Pride events seek to create unity, celebrate culture, and honor diversity.

With big celebrations, there is often an abundance of alcohol. We wish you a joyous weekend but urge you to take precautions to keep yourself and those around you safe. Remember that a DUI is more than just a party foul!

We urge you to understand what is at stake if you choose to drink and drive:

  • Driving under the influence puts at risk your own life and the lives of others.
  • You could also be looking at large fines, jail time, drivers’ license suspension, and the long term impacts of a criminal record. Please see our prior post for a list of the current penalties and fines for DUI convictions in Washington State.
  • Employment, relationships, and immigration are other areas that can be adversely affected

Before you set out to celebrate, please review our party planning tips to help you stay safe:

  • Choose to drive sober or designate someone else to. If you are the designated driver, don’t drink.
  • Plan ahead: Save the number of a taxi or rideshare company in your phone so you will always have a backup plan.
  • Use smartphone apps like Lyft or Uber.
  • Consider a limo or party bus if you are going out with a large group of drinkers.
  • If you have been drinking, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, use a rideshare company, or use public transportation to get home safely.
  • If you know others who are about to drive under the influence, help them make other arrangements to get home safely.

If you are pulled over for suspicion of DUI, what you do next is essential:

  • Be polite to the officer
  • Don’t admit to drinking or using any substances. Do not answer questions about where you came from or anything else.If the officer asks, stay silent or tell him you would prefer to speak to an attorney before answering questions. Admission can be used against you later in court, but your silence or request for counsel cannot. Don’t answer any questions without speaking to legal counsel first.
  • Don’t complete field tests. Drivers have no obligation to submit to any field sobriety tests or answer any questions by the officer. Until you are officially detained and charged with a DUI, you have the right to refrain from all of this. The officer is looking for evidence against you and it is never a good idea to give it to them. See our web link for more detailed information about declining field sobriety tests.
  • Do I take the official breath test at the station? Under Washington State’s Implied Consent Law, you have already consented to breath or blood test. Ask to speak with an attorney before you take the test. The consequences of refusing the tests are often harsher than the consequences of taking them.
  • Ask to contact your attorney as soon as possible and contact our DUI Law Firm immediately for a Free Legal Consultation. We are available by phone 24/7. Keep our number in your phone or wallet and insist on calling us. We will advocate for you through this confusing and emotional process and help you reach the best possible outcome.
  • If you are under 21 and arrested for a DUI, there are other factors to be aware of. See our web link for additional information about Minor DUI in the State of Washington.

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