Blog Posts in February, 2016

Is a warrant required to get a blood test in a DUI case?

Yes, a warrant is now required to get a blood test in a DUI case. It is becoming much more common for officers to request a warrant for blood when a person refuses a breath test at the police station. ...
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Can a "THC" DUI cause problems if you are not a US citizen?

Yes/Maybe. I have not seen it tested yet because the THC DUI is a fairly new law. However, THC is still a controlled substance according to the Fed's, so there are no guarantees in this area. I ...
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What happens if I do not request a Department of Licensing (DOL) Hearing fro my DUI arrest?

Your Washington State driver's license or privilege to drive in the State of Washington (if out of State License) will be suspended or revoked 60 days from the date of your arrest for DUI or ...
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How many days do I have to apply for a Department of Licensing (DOL) Hearing?

You have 20 Calender days to apply for a Department of Licensing (DOL) Hearing. Remember it is not business or Court days - but actual calender days from the date of your arrest for DUI or Physcial ...
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What is the fee for the Department of Licensing (DOL) Hearing?

The fee is $375.00 for the Washington State Department of Licensing Hearing.
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Why was a Court Hearing set in my old Seattle Municipal DUI case?

Generally, it means you did not complete something (community service hours, alcohol/drug treatment, DUI Victims Panel, work crew, jail) or did something new that you were not supposed to do. (i.e. ...
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Should I take the field sobriety tests?

These days at social gatherings a very common question I get is whether you should take the roadside Field Sobriety Tests (FST's). The three (3) Field Sobriety Tests (FST's) typically ...
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When will I have to report to Jail in my DUI case?

If you have been sentenced for a DUI or Physical Control, Reckless or Negligent Driving - most Courts will give you 30 days to report to Jail or Work Release if authorized. You will be given a ...
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When should I do an alcohol/drug evaluation?

In most DUI or Physical cases, it is very advisable to complete your alcohol & drug evaluation as soon as possible. I have had many cases where the client's pro-active behavior helped get a ...
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How Is The DUI Attorney Fee Typically Structered?

Most Washington State DUI and Criminal Traffic Lawyers use a flat fee structure. For example, you pay so much without Jury Trial and an additional amount for Jury Trial. Some require full payment in ...
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Will I need an ignition interlock on a Reckless Driving conviction?

It depends. If it is your first Reckless driving conviction reduced from DUI, the answer is no. If it is your second Reckless Driving conviction reduced from DUI within 7 years (or you had a previous ...
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Should I use a deferral for my traffic infraction?

It depends. Unless, you have a horrible driving record, your attorney can usually get a reduction to a non-moving infraction. Non-moving infractions do not affect your insurance rates. You only get ...
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Can I request a DOL Hearing online?

Yes. If you were arrested for DUI in Washington State you can request a Department of Licensing (DOL) Hearing online. The cost is $375.00 and you will need a credit card. You must do so within 20 days ...
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Does the attorney fee include any Court Costs or Fines?

No. The attorney fee does not include any Court costs and fines.
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How much will contesting a speeding ticket or traffic infraction cost?

Kotlowski Law Office PLLC charges $300.00 to contest traffic infractions. This includes appearing in Court, negotiating/and/or contesting the infraction. Mention this blog for a $50.00 discount.
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Is it worth contesting my speeding ticket?

Yes, most of the time it is worth contesting a speeding ticket. Unless you have an awful driving record, your attorney can often get a reduction that will not affect your insurance.
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Can I convert my mandatory minimum EHM time to Jail?

Yes. Mandatory minimum EHM (electronic home monitoring) time can be converted to Jail in most cases. The ratio is 15 EHM days to 1 day jail. However, it is discretionary and some judges might prefer ...
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When should you consult an immigration attorney in A DUI case?

Any time you are dealing with a non-citizen in a criminal case your attorney should consult with an immigration attorney. It is very important for your DUI attorney to know the ramifications of a ...
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What's an off the record continuance?

Some courts (i.e. Seattle Municipal) will allow you to do a continuance of the DUI pre-trial hearing date without appearing before the Judge. (off the record so to speak) You are still required to be ...
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How long will my DUI case last in King County?

My typical King County DUI case lasts anywhere from 6-12 months from start to finish. Obviously, this is case specific. DUI Cases that go to Jury trial can last up to 12-18 months. The goal is to get ...
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What's the liklihood of a deferred sentence on Reckless Driving?

Not very good. But it does happen sometimes. If you receive a reduction from DUI or Physical Control to Reckless or Negligent Driving a deferred sentence is still an option for the Judge. However, ...
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