DUI and Criminal Defense Attorneys in Seattle, Federal Way, and Tacoma

Drug Recognition Examinations and the "Experts" Who Conduct Them

Posted by Daniel J. Gerl | Jan 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

DREs are officers with additional specialized training to detect drivers impaired due to legal or illegal drugs. Although often referred to as "experts," these officers receive less than two weeks' worth of specialized training, with no formal education requirements. They testify at the behest of prosecutors, upon whose recommendation they rely on to be admitted into the DRE training program in the first place. In rendering their "expert" opinion in court they are often wrong and always non-objective. If you are arrested for DUI and asked to submit to a DRE evaluation, politely decline, make no statements, and ask to speak to an attorney immediately.

DUI Plea Negotiations Now Non-Existent in King County

Posted by Daniel J. Gerl | Mar 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

The King County Prosecutor's Office has (un)officially stopped plea negotiations for DUI charges, even for first offenses. This blanket policy is not only unjust, it is wreaking havoc with the King County District Court system. If those charged with DUI in King County want to be treated fairly - if they seek justice - they're not going to get it from the Prosecutor's office. They and their attorneys are going to have to fight for it.

When Negotiating a DUI Plea Deal in Washington, A Thoughtful Approach Trumps a Blustery One

Posted by Daniel J. Gerl | Feb 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although some defense attorneys like to brag they are hard-nosed "take no prisoners" types with prosecutors, probation officers and Department of Licensing Hearing Examiners, that approach rarely works as well as a thoughtful, well researched approach that signifies the attorney understands the case as well as the problems faced by the prosecution.

GPS Ain't Perfect

Posted by Daniel J. Gerl | Jul 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Police can pull you over even if you haven't driven carelessly (ie, traffic infraction). With many drivers relying on GPS for direction, this creates another basis for which more and more are being pulled over.

Free Passes?

Posted by Daniel J. Gerl | Apr 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

In light of two recent tragedies involving deaths at the hands of (alleged) drunk drivers who had prior convictions for DUI-related offenses, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has himself gone on the offensive, leading the charge for new and immediate tougher DUI legislation. While the desire for swift action in response to these tragic events is understandable in principle (if perhaps overreaching and nearly impossible to achieve in practice), Inslee's politically motivated rhetoric in support is not only knee-jerk, but wildly inaccurate.

It's getting tougher and tougher out there

Posted by Daniel J. Gerl | Mar 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

It's getting tougher and tougher out there for those charged with DUI in Seattle or Tacoma, even for first time "offenders." Not only are Department of Licensing standards and fees getting more restrictive, but as of late prosecutors are starting to tighten up their plea recommendations, "offering" my clients to "PGAC" (Plead Guilty As Charged) far more often than before, especially in King County.

If arrested for DUI - ALWAYS speak to an attorney!

Posted by Daniel J. Gerl | Jan 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

It's imperative that, if you are arrested for DUI (or any criminal offense, for that matter) you speak to an attorney as soon as possible following your arrest. There are several obvious reasons for this: an attorney can best advise you whether to agree to the breath test or not; the time spent s...

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