What You Should Do if Stopped for Driving Under the Influence

  • November 17, 2016
  • DUI

If you are stopped for driving under the influence (DUI), or any traffic violation for that matter, knowing your rights and exercising courtesy and good judgment will make a difficult situation less stressful.  Being aware of what to do when you are stopped for a DUI can lessen the chance of a conviction. Initial Reaction if Stopped for Driving Under the Influence If a police officer stops you, sit in your car with your hands visible to the officer.  Do not talk when the officer approaches; ro[...]

Driving Under the Influence Affects Your Commercial License

  • October 14, 2016
  • DUI

In the State of Washington, commercial drivers face high standards and harsh civil and criminal penalties for driving under the influence (DUI).  Not only will you lose your driver’s license, pay a fine, and be imprisoned, but you may also be required to take prevention classes or alcohol abuse classes.  You may also be required to install an ignition interlock device attached to all of your personal vehicles, which prevents you from driving unless you blow into the car breathalyzer and show[...]

Explanation of Washington’s Roadside Sobriety Tests If You Are Stopped for DUI

When the police make a stop for a suspected DUI, they begin gathering evidence at the roadside. The police officer will likely conduct a series of test to determine if the driver is driving under the influence (DUI).   Three tests are commonly conducted: the horizontal gaze nystagmus test (HGN); the walk and turn test; and, the one leg stand test. Washington State Patrols Forensics Lab provides instructions and scoring guide for the tests. Understand these Washington's Roadside Sobriety Tests [...]

Tacoma DUI Lawyers on the Rising Blood Alcohol Defense

Contrary to common perception, an arrest for DUI need not automatically lead to a guilty plea or conviction. Depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, an experienced DUI attorney Tacoma can explore a number of possible defenses that may create doubt as to the viability of the prosecution’s case. Blood Alcohol Level at Time of Driving vs. at the Time of Testing The law proscribes operating a motor vehicle with a BAC greater than 0.08 percent. One problem in making that determinatio[...]

What Will Happen If I’m Arrested? Our Tacoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Explain

For criminal defendants, their journey through the criminal justice system begins the moment they are arrested. In order to make your case go as smoothly as possible, you should be represented by Tacoma criminal defense lawyers during all stages of your case from the initial arrest up through the subsequent trial. Contact Tacoma Criminal Defense Lawyers To learn more about your rights, contact the Tacoma criminal defense lawyers from Greene & Lloyd, PLLC at (253) 770-0808.[...]

Why You Need A DUI Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with DUI, a Pierce County DUI lawyer may prove the difference between you facing severe criminal penalties or obtaining an acquittal. From the time of your arrest until the day of your trial, your Pierce County DUI lawyer can take responsibility for a variety of tasks associated with defending your case, including the following: Evidence Collection: After you are charged, your Pierce County DUI lawyer will be able to obtain the results of any breathalyzer or [...]

How a Tacoma DUI Attorney Can Help You with Deciding to Testify

A Tacoma DUI attorney can help in many ways as you proceed with your trial, such as helping you decide if you want to testify. The decision of whether or not you should testify at your trial is not easy and requires weighing several factors. You cannot be compelled to testify, but if you do choose to do so, the prosecutor is allowed to cross-examine you. This alone is a reason why it may not be a good idea to testify. However, the jurors will want to hear what you have to say about what happened[...]

Our Tacoma DUI Attorney Discusses the Proper Administration of the Nystagmus Test

A Tacoma DUI attorney oftentimes is called upon to explain different roadside sobriety tests to their clients and what these examinations mean. One of the roadside examinations law enforcement officers require a person suspected of DUI to take is called the nystagmus test. Simply put, nystagmus is a raid and involuntary movement of the eye. At its essence, the nystagmus is an examination of a suspect's ability to follow a stimulus presented in front of his or her eyes. For example, if you are re[...]

Our Tacoma DUI Attorney Describes DUI/DWI Penalties

A Tacoma DUI attorney may be able to provide assistance if you have been charged with driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence. In either case, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. If you are determined to be guilty, whether through a plea as a defendant or after a trial by jury, your penalty depends on state law as well as whether there were aggravating circumstances. Your cooperation with the police also significantly determines the penalties you face. Jail Time T[...]

Tacoma DUI Attorney and DUI Expungement

As your Tacoma DUI attorney will tell you, being convicted of a DUI (Driving while under the Influence) can severely impact your life. A DUI conviction can negatively impact your life by not being able to secure a job, rent an apartment, get a student loan, and other various parts of your life. Depending on your state, you may be eligible to have you record expunged of your DUI conviction. Check with your Tacoma DUI attorney to see if you may be eligible for expunging it off of your record. Whil[...]