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Sunday, December 27, 2009

What to do when arrested for DUI? Not act like this.

This is a poor example of how to act if arrested for DUI. Remember that you always have the right to counsel and to silence.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Assault Arrests Increasingly Leading to No Contact Order Violations

In my recent experiences in the Everett Municipal and other Snohomish County District and City Courts, more and more men and women charged with assault are facing more and more penalties.

In part, this is because people who get involved in assault cases may need treatment or other remedies. But a major contributing factor is the Cycle of Domestic Violence, and how many Washington Legislators and Courts choose to deal with such cases.

A Domestic Violence call to a residence requires (where both parties are there when the police arrive) the "primary aggressor" to be arrested and taken to jail. While this can be a very important and helpful thing to true Domestic Violence victims, there are many cases where the wrong person is arrested. I have had many female clients who were arrested on Assault Domestic Violence charges, when in fact they were the true victims. No contact orders may then be put into place that bar these women from their homes. Many prosecutors take weeks or longer to recognize their error - if ever.

If you or a loved one has been accused of Assault in the greater Snohomish County region, call Attorney Brian Sullivan for a free consultation: (425) 322-1076, or click for more information on Domestic Violenece Assault Criminal Defense Lawyer Brian Sullivan

For those accused of felony / violent crime seeking counsel, please click here.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Drug Defense Lawyer - Don't Consent to Search

Many cases of late have had my clients consent to search.

Don't make this mistake. Before you allow police to search your house or your vehicle for suspected criminal activity, call a local Everett, WA Defense Attorney: Brian Sullivan.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Personal Injury Accident Attorney

Injured in an Automobile Accident in Snohomish County?

Before you speak with the insurance companies, protect yourself and call an attorney. Don't accept any offers without the advice of legal counsel.

Attorney Sullivan offers a free consultation to all persons injured in Everett, WA and other areas of Snohomish, Skagit, King, and other Washington State counties.

The Law Office of Brian M. Sullivan, PLLC
(425) 322-1076
Ask to speak to local attorney Brian Sullivan about your case for a free analysis.

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In Washington, possession of just a small amount of marijuana is a crime — even if it's only for personal use, or even if you have a prescription (which is only an affirmative defense).

Because of the potential for severe consequences, counting on a prosecutor to see you for "the decent person" you are, to understand that it's just a little "pot," that you're sorry and that they should go easy on you are not risks you want to take.

I know. I used to be a prosecutor.

If you or someone close to you has been arrested on a marijuana charge, or other drug offense, contact us for a free consultation. Get advice from an experienced defense lawyer who can help.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Washington State Breath Testing Back - Certified Laboratories?

With the recent news that the Washington State Toxicology Laboratory has been certified, there is an expectation that many courts will be seeing new challenges to the breath test. This time, however, the prosecutors will likely be seeking to admit evidence that some courts have suppressed for quite some time.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Border Crossing - What's New in DUI Defense in Washington

The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled that a driver who crosses the border into a neighboring state can still be prosecuted for DUI in Washington.

While the case at hand, State v. a Rivera-Santos, had a driver eluding / being chased by police while driving into Oregon, it certainly leaves the door open for how much pursuit, if any, would be required for both states to prosecute if there was evidence of driving in both states (e.g., a photo of the person's vehicle crossing the bridge.

Read the Washington State Supreme Court's Opinion in State v. Rivera-Santos.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

In the News: Marijuana farming rebounds in economic hard times

See full article here.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Lots of DUI Charges Over Labor Day Weekend

Lots of folks were stopped this last weekend for DUI charges across the state. If you were, you need to act quickly to protect your rights.
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Friday, August 21, 2009

Women now getting more DUI charges than ever

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of women arrested for drunken driving has jumped nearly 30 percent in the past decade, a dangerous trend that was all too evident when a wrong-way crash involving a woman in New York killed eight people.

The Transportation Department said the number of women arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs increased 28.8 percent between 1998 and 2007. The number of men arrested under the influence fell 7.5 percent during the same period.

''If you're over the limit, you're under arrest. This is a matter of life and death,'' said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Despite the new trend, drunken driving arrests remain dominated by men. In 1998, 676,911 men were arrested for being under the influence, compared with 626,371 arrests in 2007. More than 126,000 women were arrested for DUI in 1998, a number which increased to 162,493 in 2007.

The Associated Press initially reported the figures earlier this month.

Laura Dean-Mooney, president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said it was unclear why there has been an increase in the number of women arrested for impaired driving. ''There's no hard data on that. What you're hearing more is that women are under more pressure, they're now perhaps the breadwinner because of the unemployment rate,'' she said.

''We need to make sure women understand that if you're a drinking driver, you're just as likely as a male to hit or kill or injure someone or perhaps even kill yourself, as we saw in the horrible Taconic Parkway crash,'' she said.

In New York's Westchester County, Diane Schuler drove the wrong way for nearly two miles on the Taconic State Parkway last month before her minivan slammed into an SUV, killing 8 people.

Schuler, her 2-year-old daughter, three young nieces and three men in the SUV were killed. Schuler's 5-year-old son survived.

A smashed bottle of vodka was found in the wreckage of Schuler's minivan. An autopsy found she had a 0.19 blood-alcohol reading at the time of the crash, well above the legal limit of 0.08, and had smoked marijuana no more than an hour before the wreck.

Transportation officials said the number of impaired women involved in a fatal crash increased in 10 states from 2007 to 2008. The states are: Ohio, New Hampshire, Montana, Nevada, Wyoming, West Virginia, Indiana, Washington state, Kansas and Tennessee.

About 2,000 alcohol-related deaths involve women every year.

The government released the new statistics in connection with its anti-drunk driving enforcement campaign, which targets drivers leading up to the Labor Day holiday weekend. The enforcement campaign runs from Aug. 21 through the Labor Day weekend and involves 11,000 police departments and law enforcement agencies around the country.

Monday, February 2, 2009