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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.

Port Orchard Man Arrested for 13th DUI

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Nov 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

A Port Orchard man was arrested for his 13th DUI this week. The Washington State Patrol arrested Charles Sorensen for suspected drunk driving on Wednesday night, reports KOMO News. Sorensen allegedly drove his car into a ditch following a car chase with troopers. After he was stopped, it was dis...

5 Hidden Costs of a DUI Conviction

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Sep 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Most people associate monetary fines and possible jail time as the costs of a drunk driving conviction. While these may be the two most common costs related to a DUI, you should be aware of many other less obvious costs.

Tacoma Man Faces 14th DUI Conviction

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Jul 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

A Tacoma man could face his 14th drunk driving conviction, reports King 5 News. This May, Tracy Dean Williams, rear-ended another vehicle. When police arrived at the scene, they found two open bottles of booze in his van. In addition, they found that Williams' license had been suspended and that...

DUI Forfeiture Coming to a Town Near You?

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Jul 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

In Yakima, a 28-year-old woman had the unfortunate experience of losing her GMC Suburban truck to authorities following her second DUI conviction. The woman was currently serving a 75-day jail sentence for her second DUI in two years. As a result, the Yakima police department and city attorney w...

Washington's New DUI Laws Take Another Step Forward

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | May 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Last week, a Senate committee approved Washington's new tougher drunk driving laws. This week, a House committee also approved the new measure, pushing the bill that much closer to becoming law, reports MyNorthwest. The House Public Safety Committee approved a version of the bill that would stre...

Senate Committee Approves Tougher DUI Laws

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | May 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

A Washington State Senate Committee approved the bill that would toughen state DUI laws, reports the AP.  In the special legislative session this week, the Senate Law and Justice committee advanced the bill that would make driving under the influence a felony on the fourth conviction, increase m...

Drunk Driver Crashes Into TJ Maxx Store

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | May 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Shoppers were in for a surprise Wednesday afternoon when a suspected drunk driver crashed into a TJ Max store in north Seattle, reports Q13 Fox. The accident happened around lunch time when a 25-year-old suspect lost control of his 1973 Plymouth Scamp and barreled into the discount fashion store...

'Fast-Tracked' Washington DUI Bill May Be Derailed

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Apr 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

The major overhaul of Washington DUI laws following two recent fatal drunk driving crashes that was slated to be on the "fast track" to approval may not pass as smoothly as initially hoped by proponents of the bill, reports The Seattle Times. On Wednesday, the state House Public Safety Committee...

Silverdale Man Arrested for DUI Twice in 24 Hours

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Apr 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Silverdale man Edward Yedinak was reportedly arrested for two DUIs in the span of 24 hours, writes the Kitsap Sun. In the first incident on April 5th, police responded to a call of a reckless driver. As deputies responded to the call, the 54-year-old Yedinak nearly ran down an officer before he ...

Governor Inslee's Aggressive New DUI Plan

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Apr 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

We wrote earlier about Governor Jay Inslee working with a bipartisan group to strengthen Washington DUI laws. As more details of the proposed bill emerge, we are learning just how aggressive the new law is. For example, the proposed law would lengthen DUI sentences and even ban some DUI offender...

UW Football Star Charged With Misdemeanor DUI

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Apr 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

University of Washington star tight-end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was charged this week with a misdemeanor DUI. The criminal charges follow an incident last month when the top NFL prospect was arrested after getting into a one-car accident, reports The Seattle Times. Authorities say that Seferian-...

Civil Rights Group Wary of Washington DUI Crackdown

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Apr 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Political party membership is not stopping lawmakers from working together to propose new DUI laws. One bipartisan group including one Democrat and one Republican have joined Governor Jay Inslee in crafting DUI reform that would aim to reduce DUI-related fatalities, reports the Seattle Weekly. T...

Death of Pedestrians Could Spark Stricter DUI Laws

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Apr 04, 2013 | 0 Comments

Every time there is a well publicized drunk driving tragedy, there will be a clamor for new and stricter DUI laws. The fact is Mark Mullan had no business driving a vehicle without an ignition interlock device. There were laws in place to prevent the man from driving drunk. However, those laws w...

Dog Owner Loses Dog After DUI Arrest

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Mar 04, 2013 | 0 Comments

We've written a lot about the different penalties for a drunk driving conviction in Washington. These can include mandatory minimum jail sentences, monetary fines, losing your driver's license, and even having to pay to install an ignition interlock device into your car. However, we rarely ever...

Where to Get an Ignition Interlock Device in Washington

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Jan 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Washington Ignition Interlock Requirements If you are convicted of a DUI in Washington and you wish to drive, you will be required to install an ignition interlock device. (RCW 46.20.720). As you may know, an ignition interlock device is a device that is installed directly into your car. You wi...

Snohomish Councilman Sentenced to Jail for DUI

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Jan 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Washington state has tough DUI laws and even local politicians are not immune. Snohomish County Councilman Brian Sullivan pleaded guilty to drunken driving charges this week. For the crime, he was sentenced to spend a day in jail, reports the AP. Over the summer, the 54-year-old Sullivan was st...

DUI for a Minor in Washington State

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Jan 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Generally, someone who has a blood alcohol level above 0.08 or THC concentration above 5.00 is considered to be driving under the influence in Washington. However, when the driver is under 21 years of age, the legal limit is actually much lower. As you know, individuals cannot legally drink alc...

Man Arrested for Drunk Driving w/ BAC of 0.362

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Jan 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Rhode Island State Police recently arrested a man who allegedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.362. The legal limit for driving in Rhode Island (just as it is in Washington) is 0.08. So this man was driving with a blood alcohol level well over four times the legal limit. And to show that t...

What are the Penalties for a DUI in Washington?

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Jan 08, 2013 | 0 Comments

If you are ever arrested for a DUI in Washington, your first thought may be what penalties you face. The penalties for drunk driving in Washington are severe. This is true even for a first-time DUI arrest. Here's an overview of Washington drunk driving penalties. (RCW 46.61.5055). First-Time DU...

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