What to know about Driving after a DUI Arrest

If you experience the often traumatizing and upsetting event of being charged with a DUI in Washington State, your focus will likely turn to concern about criminal penalties. You will find yourself thinking about jail time, fines, and other potential consequences.

Most people do not realize that there are actually two parts to your DUI case in Washington State: criminal and administrative.

It is common to get caught up with the criminal case and inadvertently neglect the administrative aspect, but if that happens – there are consequences.

Driving after a DUI arrest is in part tied to how you handle the administrative aspect of your DUI case. Please read carefully:

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. License suspension will occur completely separately from any criminal charges you may face. It is an independent process, and you must request a DOL Hearing in order to challenge the suspension.

*Requesting a hearing:

Your driver’s license will be automatically administratively suspended 60 days from the date of arrest if you do not request a hearing in a timely manner. You will lose your right to a hearing if you do not mail your Washington DOL hearing request form within 20 days of the arrest, or make the request online, including the $375 fee.

Please visit the Washington State DOL website for more information about this process. The website also includes links to requesting the hearing online or downloading the request form.

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.

*Your DOL hearing:

The Department of Licensing website provides tips for how to prepare for your hearing, including information about what to expect and the issues that will be addressed.

Once your hearing is requested, the Washington DOL will inform you of the date and time of your hearing and assign your case to a hearing officer. These administrative hearings occur by telephone and any witness you or your attorney may choose to subpoena will also appear by telephone. The hearing officer will have the police report and will consider circumstances surrounding your arrest in making the determination about whether your driver’s license should be suspended.

The hearing examiner will review the evidence and make a decision about the suspension or revocation of your license. This review may take up to 6 weeks from the date of your hearing and notice of the decision will in writing and mailed to your address of record. If you disagree with the hearing decision and wish to appeal, you may appeal through the Superior Court in the county where you were arrested.

If you win your Washington State DOL hearing, your license suspension will be canceled. If you lose, your license will be suspended. Length of suspension is determined based on your specific case.

Remember that the administrative Department of Licensing action is completely independent and separate from what occurs in DUI court.

*DUI Conviction Penalties/Driving implications:           

In Washington State, license suspension penalties are dependent upon the severity of the DUI and the number of prior offenses. This is entirely separate from the administrative process described above. RCW 46.61.5055 describes the penalties in detail.

In short:

  • If it is your first DUI in 7 years, license suspension may be imposed for anywhere from 90 days to 2 years, dependent BAC test results. You may be ordered to use an ignition interlock device for 1 year.
  • If it is your second DUI offense in 7 years, license suspension may be imposed for anywhere from 2-3 years, depending upon BAC test results. You may be ordered to use an ignition interlock device for 1-5 years.

In addition, SR-22 insurance is required for 3 years from the time your license suspension is lifted. You must have this in place to be able to drive legally. SR-22 demonstrates financial responsibility and acts as proof that you have the minimum insurance coverage required in Washington State. Please see the Washington State Department of Licensing website for details.

*Legal Representation:

Dealing with a suspended driver’s license can be overwhelming and very frustrating. We understand this and want to do everything we can to help you protect your right to drive. Often, people are discouraged by their chances of winning these administrative hearings against the Department of Licensing and don’t put effort into the fight.

Your odds of winning exponentially increase with representation by a qualified DUI attorney.

We highly recommend that you contact an experienced DUI attorney to advise you around your best course of action. These hearings are not hopeless if you have the proper support and representation. We have helped clients win countless hearings with widely varying circumstances. Our DUI law firm does not charge our clients extra to handle these hearings. If we are representing you for your DUI criminal case, the DOL hearing is part of the service we provide.

Please contact us today to discuss your unique situation. We are available for a Free Consultation.

How to have a Safe & DUI-Free Memorial Day

Today we honor and give thanks to those who have served our country and who have died doing so. With gratitude, we remember all who have served.

Memorial Day weekend also symbolically kicks off summer festivities. You may be returning home from your celebration today or setting out for a day in the sun. Either way, it is important to take the necessary steps to keep yourself and those around you safe, especially with extra drivers on the road.

Heavy traffic and anxious drivers out in droves are inevitable, making this a worthy time to remind you of our simple tips for staying safe during holiday driving. Use these tips to maximize the safety of yourself and your passengers, and to decrease the stress of driving this Memorial Day weekend.

Dellino Law Group wishes you an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend and urges you to drive safely.

  • Don’t drink and driveMemorial Day weekend is notorious for BBQs and 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.
  • Make sure the car is readyBe sure your vehicle is properly maintained, in good shape for travel.
  • Map your route out ahead of time when possible. Have a plan and be aware of alternate routes.
  • Buckle upEnsure you and your passengers are properly restrained in seat belts and car safety seats.
  • Have an emergency planHave a cell phone and charger with you so it can be used in case of an emergency. Keep the contact information for emergency roadside assistance handy.
  • Do NOT text while driving and minimize cell phone use in order to keep your full attention on the road. Utilize a hands-free device if you need to use your cell phone.
  • Keep a safe following distanceallowing for ample time to react to the traffic around you. If someone is tailgating you, allow them to pass. Don’t try to compete with impatient and aggressive drivers.
  • Watch your speedDrive to the conditions and don’t drive over the speed limit. Give yourself plenty of time to get to where you are going so you are not in a rush.
  • Remain calm. If you feel stressed or irritable, take some deep breaths and stay calm. Don’t drive with road rage – This compromises the safety of yourself and the people around you.

If you are celebrating today and alcohol is part of the festivities, please review our essential *TIPS FOR AVOIDING A DUI:

  1. Designate a sober driver. If you are the designated driver, don’t drink.
  2. Plan ahead: Save the number of a taxi or rideshare company in your phone so you will always have a backup plan.
  3. Consider using smartphone apps like Lyft or Uber.
  4. If you have been drinking, don’t drive. Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, use a rideshare company, or use public transportation to get home safely.
  5. If you know others who are about to drive under the influence, help them make other arrangements to get home safely.

Remember that a DUI is more than just a party foul. You could be looking at driver’s license suspension, large fines, jail time, the long term impacts of a criminal record, and much worse. You do not want your celebration to be overshadowed by tragedy. Driving under the influence of alcohol puts at risk your own life and the lives of others.

*If you are stopped for suspicion of DUI – CALL US.

  • Contact our DUI Law Firm immediately for a FREE 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.

 

Patrols will be on the lookout for intoxicated boaters starting this weekend! Be aware of BUI law & penalties

It’s that time of year again! The weather is heating up and Washingtonians are ready to get out on the water. This week, the Seattle Times reminds us that police patrols are ready to be on the look-out for intoxicated boaters.

The article describes an increased, targeted effort by law enforcement agencies to crack down on boaters under the influence of drugs or alcohol throughout Washington State. City and county marine patrol units are joined by the state Parks Boating Program and state Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Police to create emphasis patrols, set to begin this weekend.

The special patrols will begin this Memorial Day weekend and run several weekends through August. The article provides more information about locations and dates statewide.

Boaters are encouraged to designate a sober captain, refrain from boating the influence, and keep the waters safe!

What is BUI?

BUI refers to “Boating under the Influence” (RCW 79A.60.040), which is a gross misdemeanor and 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):

  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. A person who operates a vessel in Washington State is deemed to have given consent for testing.

Under state law, boaters suspected of being intoxicated who refuse to comply with taking a breath or blood test face a civil penalty of $2,050.

RCW 79A.60.040 provides more information about how the law incorporates testing and consent.

Penalties:

If convicted of BUI, penalties may include up to 364 days in jail and a maximum $5,000 fine. In addition, the court may order the defendant to pay restitution for any damages or injuries resulting from the offense.

This law applies to all boats, including kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and inflatable fishing rafts.

Legal Representation:

BUI is a significant offense and consequences may include potential jail time and fines. In addition, a conviction results in a misdemeanor charge on your criminal record. If you are charged with BUI, 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 when possible. If you are facing BUI or DUI charges, please contact our office as soon as possible for a Free Consultation.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month: Know the consequences of excessive drinking

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and a good opportunity for reminders about the legal, health, and social problems that excessive drinking can contribute to. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has been sponsoring Alcohol Awareness Month since 1987 and seeks to boost public awareness about the significant impact that alcohol-related problems has on individuals, their friends and families, and on the community.

Alcohol and Crime:

*Drinking and driving perhaps receives the greatest amount of public attention. Drinking and driving is connected to a devastating estimate of 16,000 fatalities each year and thousands more injuries. (NCADD)

*In addition to the severe risk of potentially causing fatalities or injuries while driving under the influence, there are potentially life-changing consequences involved in receiving a DUI conviction. Please see our weblink for information about the fines and penalties for a DUI conviction in Washington State. It is important to be aware of the penalties, and it is also essential to be prepared. If you do find yourself in a situation where you are driving under the influence and being pulled over, you should know how to handle it. See our weblink for tips on how to stay safe if alcohol is involved in your plans and what to do if you are pulled over for a DUI in Washington State.

  • If you are being accused of driving under the influence, contact our DUI Law Firm immediately for a Free Legal Consultation. We are available by phone 24/7.

*The NCADD reports a significant relationship between alcohol and multiple different types of crimes. The NCADD reports that based on victim reports, alcohol use by the offender is a factor in:

  • 37% of rapes and sexual assaults
  • 15% of robberies
  • 27% of aggravated assaults, and
  • 25% of simple assaults

*Statistics show a significant correlation between alcohol and crime. See the NCADD Fact Sheet  for detailed information about this connection.

Additional Consequences of Excessive Drinking:

*Alcohol-related problems are among the most significant public health issues in the U.S., and internationally. According to the NCADD,  more than 18 million individuals in the U.S. suffer from alcohol-use disorders.

*The devastating impacts of alcoholism extend to friends and family members of individuals abusing alcohol. NCADD estimates 25% of U.S. children have been exposed to alcohol-use disorders in their family. In addition, 75% of domestic abuse is committed while one or both members are intoxicated.

*Underage drinking remains a pervasive problem, putting teens at greater risk of becoming addicted to alcohol or getting involved with destructive behaviors related to alcohol (drunk driving, sexual assault, further drug use).

*Heavy alcohol use can pose serious health risks including but not limited to: heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, liver disease, digestive problems, cancer (breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, colon), learning and memory problems, and mental health problems (Center for Disease Control & Prevention).

Evaluating Drinking Patterns:

*The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) provides detailed information to define drinking levels, identify problematic drinking, and understand recommended drinking limits.

Treatment:

*There are a range of evidenced-based treatment options available for people with alcohol-related disorders. If you or someone you care about are experiencing issues related to alcohol use, we encourage you to seek treatment or encourage your loved one to do so. Treatment could save your life, your health, your job, your relationships, and/or your criminal record.

*Dellino Law Group is proud to recommend Northstar Treatment Group in Renton, WA for chemical dependency/alcohol and drug evaluations, victims impact panels (VIP), alcohol and drug information school (ADIS), and all courses of treatment.

*We also highly recommend CTC Counseling Services in Seattle, WA. CTC (Courage to Change) provides alcohol/drug evaluations, DUI assessments, and outpatient services tailored to meet your needs.

We recommend both of these programs because of their experience, integrity, compassion, local ownership, and scheduling flexibility.

*You may also visit the SAMHSA Substance Abuse Treatment locator to locate an alcoholism treatment specialist in your area.

*If you have questions about treatment or would like assistance in scheduling an appointment with Northstar or CTC, please contact us .

Legal Representation:

*If you are being charged with an alcohol-related crime, DUI or otherwise, you will need high-caliber legal representation. Our law firm prides itself on providing personalized legal services to all of our clients. We will examine your case thoroughly and leave no stone unturned in order to help you reach the best possible outcome in your case. Please contact us for a Free Consultation as soon as possible.

How to stay safe and DUI-free on St. Paddy’s Day

St Patrick’s Day frequently involve leprechauns, shamrocks, good luck, and wearing shades of green. With this holiday come fun, festive celebrations, which unfortunately bring some of the highest rates of drunk driving.

Many St. Paddy’s Day festivities will occur today and throughout the weekend. During this period, extra law enforcement will be out in force nationwide and they will be looking to crack down on impaired drivers.

Remember that a DUI is more than just a party foul. You could be looking at driver’s license suspension, large fines, jail time, the long term impacts of a criminal record, and much worse. You do not want your celebration to be overshadowed by tragedy. Driving under the influence of alcohol puts at risk your own life and the lives of others.

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

*Party Planning Tips:

  • Designate a sober driver. 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 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.

It is also essential to be prepared. If you do find yourself in a situation where you are driving under the influence and being pulled over, you should know how to handle it.

*Tips for what to do if you are stopped for suspicion of DUI:

  • Be polite to the officer.
  • 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.

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 posts 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.

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