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May 29

Harlan Law Staff

A large portion of persons charged with DUI find that the most harmful aspect of the case is potentially losing their ability to drive. Anytime a person refuses to provide a breath sample or gives a breath test that is over a .08 BAC, the Department of Licensing will presumptively suspend that person's license. This is a totally separate action from the case the government will bring against you, and it only concerns the licensing aspect of the case. Fighting the DOL's action may provide an opportunity to do serious damage to the government's case, and it might just preserve your ability to drive. read more

May 22

Harlan Law Staff

By driving within the state of Washington, you have impliedly given consent to a breath test if you are arrested for DUI. Additionally, you have certain rights related to the consequences of either giving a breath sample that demonstrates you are over the legal limit within two hours of driving, or refusing a breath test. You should be informed of these rights and consequences in the administrative processing stage of a DUI investigation. read more

May 15

Harlan Law Staff

Knowing and exercising your Constitutional rights can be one of the most effective weapons to preserve certain issues and assist in the defense of your case. Washington law requires law enforcement to advise a person of their right to a lawyer as soon as practicable after arrest. Especially after being arrested for DUI, the instant an officer initiates an arrest, it can be crucial to politely inform the officer you do not want to answer any questions and ask to speak with an attorney. read more

May 08

Harlan Law Staff

Many people find themselves in a position where they are taking the field sobriety tests. There are three tests: the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), the Walk and Turn (WT), and the One Leg Stand (OLS). Typically, the officer will ask subject to also submit to a portable breath test (PBT). Both the instructions and the way the officer performs each test are vitally important. Pay close attention. read more

May 04

Harlan Law Staff

The Standardized Field Sobriety Tests are not your friend; they are called the Roadside Olympics for a reason. When you get to the point in a DUI investigation where an officer is asking you out of the vehicle for the tests, pay attention. Every tiny detail at that point might become crucial. read more