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Washington to Study Bias in Police Traffic Stops

Posted by Steve Karimi | May 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

As we have noted before, law enforcement officers have to have a valid reason for pulling you over for a traffic stop. If an officer doesn't like a bumper sticker on your car or notices that you just pulled out of a bar's parking lot—these are not reasons to pull you over to investigate you for a...

DUIs Still Happening Despite Closed Bars

Posted by Steve Karimi | May 04, 2020 | 0 Comments

When Washington state began its “stay home, stay safe” mandate in March 2020 due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, the state Liquor and Cannabis Board (WLCB) temporarily eased some restrictions on licensed bars and restaurants to allow them to apply for a permit that lets them sell alcohol “to g...

Washington Passes New DUI Legislation

Posted by Steve Karimi | Apr 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

One of the top priorities when it comes to driver safety for the state of Washington is keeping drivers who are under the influence of alcohol off of the road. In order to try to make this a reality, legislators implement harsh rules and penalties to try to dissuade those who have had a few from ...

What to Know about Ignition Interlocks in Seattle

Posted by Steve Karimi | Apr 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

Being charged with driving under the influence in Seattle is a serious matter. Fines and jail time aren't the only penalties that you face after a DUI charge--your driving privileges can be suspended altogether. If you are facing a suspension of your driver's license after a DUI arrest, there is ...

How Will My DUI In Seattle Impact My Life?

Posted by Steve Karimi | Apr 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

The state of Washington takes DUI seriously, and that is reflected in the seriousness of the penalties that those who are convicted may face. If you have been caught while driving under the influence, then you have probably already begun to feel the heat of the punishment that comes from a DUI ar...

New Law Allows Police to Impound Vehicles Following DUI

Posted by Steve Karimi | Mar 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Last Wednesday, March 25, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed H.B. 2483 (also known as Haley's Law 2.0) into law. The bill allows a law enforcement officer to direct a vehicle to be impounded when no reasonable alternatives exist after someone has been stopped for driving under the influence. A...

Investigator Condemns Handling of CO Cop's Possible DUI

Posted by Steve Karimi | Mar 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

An independent investigator who was appointed to review police actions related to an officer who was charged with driving under the influence has announced findings that include serious criticisms. Included in the report released last week was the finding that: "Aurora Police Department leadershi...

New DUI Pilot Program Being Tested in Washougal

Posted by Steve Karimi | Mar 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Police in Washougal, Washington along with Clark County Sheriff's Office Deputies have partnered with Clark County Target Zero and the Washington Traffic Safety Commission to test a new program that would allow for quicker blood draws of people suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or...

Rideshare Vehicles May Be Helping Curb DUI Rates

Posted by Steve Karimi | Feb 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

Two recent reports from two very different parts of the country may indicate that thanks to rideshare platforms such as Uber and Lyft, DUI arrest rates may be dropping. But a University of Pennsylvania study found that while there is a correlation between using rideshare services and a decline in...

2020 Brings Sharp Increase in Local DUI Arrests

Posted by Steve Karimi | Jan 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Data released by the Washington State Patrol show that officers have arrested 200 drivers on suspicion of driving under the influence in King, Pierce, and Thurston counties in the first few weeks of the new year. State troopers in District 1 have made 96 DUI arrests thus far. Last year, District...

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 ...

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