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Despite Stricter BAC, Utah DUIs Remain the Same

Posted by Steve Karimi | Jan 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

As we wrote last July, Utah lowered its blood alcohol content (BAC) limit from .08 to .05 percent. on December 30, 2018, making it the strictest state in the country when it comes to DUI laws. So how has the first year of a lower BAC limit affected DUIs in Utah? Utah Highway Patrol Estimates for...

Seattle Police Will Ramp Up DUI Patrols Ahead of New Year

Posted by Steve Karimi | Dec 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Christmas 2019 is behind us. You ate too many decadent desserts, you exchanged gifts (but don't understand why your wife doesn't seem more excited over her new vacuum cleaner), and your out-of-town relatives will be heading home in the next day or two. Now you can really relax, and what better wa...

States with Most DUI Arrests

Posted by Steve Karimi | Dec 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Using FBI data, the U.S. Drug Test Center released a study that highlights which states have the most DUI arrests in the country. Washington is in the top ten, according to the report, and the majority of those top-ten states are in the western United States. South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wyomi...

Personal Breathalyzers and the Holidays

Posted by Steve Karimi | Dec 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

The holidays are in full swing, and every year at this time, we at the Law Offices of Steve Karimi like to remind you that getting charged with a DUI is completely avoidable if you designate a sober driver or take alternate transportation such as an Uber or Lyft to get you home after a night of f...

Special Treatment for Colorado Police Officer?

Posted by Steve Karimi | Dec 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

A Colorado police officer who was found drunk in his unmarked patrol car in March 2019 not only got to keep his job, but he was also never charged with a DUI. The sheriff of the county has accused the police department of a coverup. Welfare Check Requested On March 29, 2019, the Aurora Police D...

Woman Drives Wrong Way in Drive Thru, Arrested for DUI

Posted by Steve Karimi | Dec 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

A woman in Kennewick, Washington was clearly trying to “live mas” when she drove her RV to a Taco Bell for some late-night food, but the situation did not turn out muy bueno. Fifty-six-year-old Anastacia Etzwiler was arrested on suspicion of DUI after police responded to a call that an RV was stu...

Sam Hunt Loses Gig Over DUI

Posted by Steve Karimi | Nov 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Rising country star Sam Hunt is learning about the far-reaching consequences of a DUI charge. On November 21, 2019, Hunt was pulled over by Nashville police after multiple people called 911 to report that a vehicle was traveling the wrong way down a one-way road. The other drivers also claimed H...

Holidays and Open-Container Laws

Posted by Steve Karimi | Nov 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

With Thanksgiving upon us, the official holiday season has begun. Many people will celebrate Thanksgiving by hosting a dinner at home for friends and family, and others will choose to treat themselves to a day of not cooking and will go out to eat instead. And just when you have cleaned and put a...

Snohomish Deputies Fired for Illegal Search

Posted by Steve Karimi | Nov 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you are pulled over by law enforcement and then either charged with a DUI or possession of drugs, you still have rights in accordance with Washington state laws. Two Snohomish sheriff deputies allegedly violated these rights and were subsequently fired from their jobs on November 4, 2019. Inv...

Man's Body Was Creating Alcohol

Posted by Steve Karimi | Nov 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

Several years ago, a North Carolina man was stopped for suspected drunk driving. He told police he had not been drinking, and he refused to take a roadside breathalyzer test. He was then taken to the hospital where doctors found his blood-alcohol level to be two and a half times the legal limit, ...

Unreliable Breathalyzers: Don’t Trust These Machines

Posted by Steve Karimi | Nov 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

It's what we here at the Law Offices of Steve Karimi have been telling you (and our clients) for years: breathalyzers are unreliable. That's according to a new report by the New York Times, which conducted a deep investigation into some serious issues regarding the machines and how they are used ...

DUI Charge Leads to Alleged Rape

Posted by Steve Karimi | Oct 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

A Pennsylvania police corporal has been fired from his job and also charged with rape after he allegedly offered to drop a woman's DUI charge if she had sex with him. The 22-year police veteran is now being held in the Monroe County Correctional Facility in lieu of a $50,000 bail. His former boss...

Halloween and DUI Tips

Posted by Steve Karimi | Oct 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Fall is here, and with all the wet and gloomy weather there has been in Seattle lately, it must mean that Halloween is fast approaching. Halloween falls on a Thursday this year, which means there are two weekends left for Halloween parties, events, and festivals. Halloween is always a fun time f...

WA Supreme Court Strikes Down Impounding Cars After DUI

Posted by Steve Karimi | Oct 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

You may not have been aware that if you are stopped and arrested for a DUI in Washington, by state law your car is automatically impounded, which then leaves it open to be legally searched by the police. And depending on what the police find in your car, you might suddenly be facing more than a s...

Busy First Weekend of October in Whatcom County

Posted by Steve Karimi | Oct 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Maybe folks over in Whatcom County were excited that October is finally here, meaning they could officially start attending Oktoberfest celebrations or super-early Halloween parties. But over the weekend of October 4 through October 7, local law enforcement officials reported that they made 20 DU...

Of Course This Story Happened in Florida

Posted by Steve Karimi | Sep 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Florida often gets mocked for the bizarre stories that seem to always happen there, but when you hear about a story like the following, it's pretty easy to understand why there's a meme of “Florida Man” on the internet. Last week a deputy in Nassau County, Florida saw a man and a woman traveling...

School Bus Driver Arrested for DUI

Posted by Steve Karimi | Sep 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Driving a school bus can be stressful. Not only do school bus drivers have to maneuver a very large bus through city streets and traffic, but they also have to do it all while dealing with loud and sometimes unruly children on board. But a Longview, Washington school bus driver found out the hard...

How Does Washington Rank in DUI Laws?

Posted by Steve Karimi | Sep 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Have you been charged and/or convicted of a DUI in the Seattle area and felt you were being subjected to some really tough penalties? There might be a good basis for your feelings. An in-depth report that was recently released ranked Washington as ninth in the country for having some of the stric...

Kitsap School Board Member Serves Jail Time for Second DUI

Posted by Steve Karimi | Jul 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

In Kitsap, Washington, a school board member served a day in jail after a second DUI arrest. Rebecca Diehl was involved in her first DUI back in 2016, and at that time she entered into a pretrial diversion agreement to avoid jail. But her second DUI this past April violated that pretrial diversio...

Crackdown on E-DUI in Effect

Posted by Steve Karimi | Jul 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

In honor of the two-year anniversary of Governor Inslee signing the E-DUI law into effect, King County officials will be stepping up their patrols over a two-week period to crack down on those drivers who can't seem to put their smartphones away. From July 22 to August 2, 2019, King County will u...

E-Scooters and DUIs in Washington

Posted by Steve Karimi | Jul 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

With the popularity of craft beers exploding in the United States over the last twenty years, breweries have been popping up all across Washington. Right now there are an estimated 414 brewpubs in Washington, which is up from 281 in 2014. And there's another phenomenon coming to Seattle soon--ele...

What is the Impact of Utah’s New BAC Level?

Posted by Steve Karimi | Jul 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

On December 30, 2018, Utah became the first state in the country to lower its blood alcohol content (BAC) limit to .05 percent. This isn't the first time Utah has been the first state to lower its BAC: in 1983 Utah was the first state to lower its BAC from .10 to .08 percent. Despite having the ...

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