Washington DUI Blog by Seattle DUI Lawyer Tim Milios

Seattle DUI lawyer Tim Milios has been defending people charged with DUI and criminal traffic offenses throughout the state of Washington since 1993.  Dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals charged with any criminal offense, his practice emphasis has been DUI and DUI related defense since that time. The Washington DUI Blog is intended to provided insight and perspective into the always changing landscape of DUI defense and commentary on the the issues, laws, cases, stories and events that effect DUI defense and those charged with DUI in Washington State.

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DUI With Child in Car? Preparing for CPS Referral in Washington DUI Cases

October 31, 2014
Posted By: tcmilios
For those who have been arrested , processed and charged with DUI in the state of Washington, the consequences can run the gamut from unwanted to devastating.  If however, there is a minor under the age of 16 in the vehicle at the time of the arrest, not only could those consequence increase significantly, Washington Child Protective Services (CPS) will step in and investigate.  It is always...
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Challenges, Stays and Early Reinstatements of HTO License Revocations

October 23, 2014
Posted By: tcmilios
Those who have suffered multiple DUI or other forms of criminal traffic suspensions in the State of Washington, or who simply have acquired a multitude of civil traffic citations understand that a lengthy habitual traffic offender designation and license suspension can be a surprise consequence.  I say "surprise" because more often than not they are not informed of the HTO suspension at the...
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Physical Control in Washington - Confusion, Elements and Defenses

May 30, 2013
Posted By: tcmilios
No one sets out to be charged with Physical Control and when it happens, it is usually a surprise that results in confusion, anger and misunderstanding. It is late at night. You’ve left a bar or a party after having had a few drinks. As you get into your car to drive away you feel fine. Somewhere along the way home however, it hits you, and you realize that you have had too much to drink. You...
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Seattle and Washington State Marijuana DUI Law

November 28, 2012
Posted By: tcmilios
On November 6, 2012, the voters of the State of Washington passed Initiative 502 on marijuana reform. From the broader public perspective, the passage of this measure legalizes the adult possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use and creates both a system to tax the sale of marijuana and marijuana products and a revenue stream designated for substance abuse education and treatment...
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Fee Increase to Request Administrative DOL Hearing

October 2, 2012
Posted By: tcmilios
Effective October 1, 2012, the State of Washington now requires that any driver arrested for a DUI who either refuses a breath/blood test or provides a blood or breath sample in excess of the .08 legal limit, must now pay an administrative fee of $375.00 in order to contest the proposed license suspension or revocation.  This represents an almost 100% increase above the previous fee of $200.00. ...
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New Washington DUI Laws Address Reckless Driving, Home Detention And Huffing

April 10, 2012
Posted By: tcmilios
On March 29, 2012, Governor Gregoire signed into law Substitute House Bill 2443. Its provisions take affect on August 1, 2012. Defined as "an act relating to increasing accountability of persons who drive impaired," it deals with a number of different DUI related topics. The most practical changes from an everyday standpoint deal with amendments to the reckless driving statute, the penalty phase...
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Reductions From DUI to Reckless Driving No Longer To Result In Additional License Suspensions

April 10, 2012
Posted By: tcmilios
For several years now an inequity has existed within the landscape of DUI laws that wasn’t just unfair but completely counter intuitive. This inequity created a situation where there were situations when being convicted of a DUI created a more favorable outcome than having that charged reduced to the lesser offense of Reckless Driving. State Fails To Address Inequities in DUI Related Reckless...
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DUI Victims Panel, Attend Early, Be Proactive

February 27, 2012
Posted By: tcmilios
Most clients who are approaching me for the first time and facing a DUI charge ask the same or similar question.  "What can I do to show that I am taking this seriously?" My answer is almost always, universally the same.  Attend a DUI Victims Panel.  Created as a way to teach about the potential devastating outcome of a DUI, the DUI Victims Panel is now used as a condition of any DUI or DUI...
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DUI Emphasis Patrols for King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties Announced for St. Patrick's Day

February 20, 2012
Posted By: tcmilios
The Washington State Patrol DUI has announced it's schedule of of DUI emphasis enforcement from now through the end of the summer of 2012.  Of particular note is that a concentrated emphasis patrol will be in joint effect for King, Pierce and Snohomish counties on and around St. Patrick's Day.  Particular points of emphasis will no doubt be in areas of high bar and tavern concentration.  Expect...
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Seattle Police Officer Arrested For DUI; Refuses Field Sobriety Tests

February 15, 2012
Posted By: tcmilios
On Friday, February 10, 2012, a Seattle City Police Officer was arrested in downtown Seattle for DUI.  This marks at least the third such arrest for a member of the Seattle Police Department within the last year alone.  This entry really is not about rubbing it to the SPD.  People get arrested for DUI.  Good, generally law abiding people, with no criminal intent, get arrested and charged with DUI...
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